RUF is a Christian campus ministry serving Brown University, The Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University, and other Providence-area schools. We prize the gospel of Jesus Christ and scripture as the very word of God. Our goal is to explore and to grow in Faith, Work, and Leadership. We welcome students from all different backgrounds, both the "convinced" Christian and the "unconvinced" who want to know more about Christianity.


Large Group

Fridays at 7 p.m.

114 George Street (across the street from the Ratty)

Family Group Bible Studies

Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

Sayles Hall first and second floors

Prayer Meetings

Thursdays at noon

Partridge Hall

Love in Action Tutoring Program

Saturdays at 10 am

Trinity Presbyterian Church

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Eddie Park

Eddie graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Ancient Greek and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an M.Div. and a Th.M. in Early Church History. Having served as seminarian staff in the ministry from 2003-2006, Eddie was called to be the minister for RUF Brown | RISD in the Fall of 2006. Annie graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Biology, and has been serving as RUF staff since 2004. They have three boys, William, Andrew and Henry. Eddie is also a Classics Graduate from Phillips Exeter Academy.

Elisabeth Somerville

Lissy graduated from Appalachian State University (Go ‘Neers) in 2018 with a degree in Studio Art and a minor in Early Childhood Special Education. She was born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina and enjoys making art, raising exotic plants, baking cinnamon rolls, and exploring Rhode Island with her dog Stevie. Despite her southern roots, much of Lissy’s family spent their lives as missionaries in South Korea, contributing to her love of Asian cultures and Korean food. 

After being a part of RUF in college and spending two years serving as an RUF intern at Brown and RISD, Lissy is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her work in Providence, RI as campus staff! 

Nathan Rackers

Nathan graduated from North Carolina State University with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Trombone Performance. Raised in Greensboro, NC, Nathan enjoys the creative outlet of musical composition, the satisfying utility of small coding projects, the storytelling possibilities of playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends, and the profound epiphanies from critically engaging scripture. In NC State's RUF, Nathan was privileged to experience a complex community that was brilliantly authentic, nourishing, and impactful; these friends were certainly his favorite aspect of university as a whole. Nathan is honored and deeply thankful to have the opportunity to come alongside and serve the RUF community at Brown and RISD.