Welcome to RUF at Wake Forest! We are a community of students on campus seeking to love God and love our neighbor. Our goal is to help students come to understand, know, and follow Jesus Christ as they walk through their college years, and to help lay a foundation for a lifetime of following Jesus and serving him in all areas of life.
Jesus said that he did not come to save the righteous, but sinners. At RUF, we do not wish to pretend to have it all together. We are people in need of grace. Consequently, all are welcome to be part of our group, regardless of personal or religious background. RUF exists for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced," the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical, or spiritual. Whoever you are and whatever your story, RUF exists for you.
Rev. John Bourgeois is the RUF campus minister at Wake Forest University. He and his wife, Mary Clarke, met in college while serving with FOCUS, a para-church youth ministry for independent school students.
After graduating from Tulane University in 2006, John spent the next 9 years in Virginia cutting his teeth in ministry. After John graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2013, he served as the Associate Pastor of City Church of Richmond for two years.
The Bourgeois' moved to Winston-Salem in May 2015 and live there with their three children, Leo, Mary Landon, and George. Together, John and Mary Clarke love exploring cities and filling their home with friends old and new.
Ellis was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned her degree in Finance from The University of Tulsa (TU). Ellis loved her time in RUF at TU, and is thrilled to serve as an RUF intern at Wake Forest University. She loves farmers markets, strong coffee, and cooking for friends!
Robby is from Brandon, Mississippi and attended Mississippi State University where he became involved with Reformed University Fellowship. After graduating in 2016, he spent two years in Baton Rouge as the RUF intern at Louisiana State University. During this time Robby met his future wife, Ellis. Ellis and Robby are getting married in August, and Robby is thrilled to join the RUF staff at Wake as a third-year intern. Robby enjoys the outdoors, DIY projects, and eating good food with good people.