RUF is a community of students at Duke learning what it looks like to love God and love others. We believe that Jesus is the embodiment of love, so we look to him, rest in him, and trust him for who he is and what he has done for us. Whether you are convinced of your faith in Jesus, unsure what you believe, skeptical, or just looking for a community of people, RUF joyfully welcomes you to be a part of our community at Duke. Through studying the Bible, praying together, encouraging one another, and having fun we seek to grow as a community in our love for God and others. We aim to reach students for Christ and equip them for a lifetime of service to his kingdom. We’d love for you to check us out!
Matt Mahla is a native New Englander, raised mostly outside of Boston. For college, Matt decided to try something new when he attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. There he was introduced to college football, Chick-fil-a, and, most importantly, his future wife, Bethany. Matt and Bethany got married shortly after college and spent four years in Charlottesville, VA, where Matt served as an RUF intern at the University of Virginia. After one unexciting year in an office job for Matt, the Mahlas moved to Boston so that Matt could attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Bethany could teach 5th grade. In Boston, Matt and Bethany had their two sweet children, Vance (born 2016) and Elise (born 2018). Matt spent a few years as an intern at a Boston church plant while receiving his Masters of Divinity and MA in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell. Matt and Bethany are excited to serve college students at Duke and would love to get to know you!
Matt loves to hang out with people, explore places with Bethany, get a little too invested in Vanderbilt sports, and chase around his children.
Kate moved around a little growing up but is most recently from Alabama, where she graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in mathematics. While at UAH, Kate got involved with RUF. There she fell in love with campus ministry, made some of her best friends, and met her now husband, Jacob, who she married in 2018. Kate enjoys singing in her car, watching The Office, photography, handlettering, finding new coffeeshops, and enjoying old ones.
Tucker is a Lakeland, Florida native. In high school, he began dating his wife-to-be, Ann, and they continued dating into college where they were married a semester before graduating! Tucker attended THE University of Florida (Go Gators!) and graduated with a degree in Finance and Real Estate. While pursuing his degree, Tucker spent the majority of his time building friendships through RUF and pulling shots at Pascal’s Coffeehouse. The gospel centered community he experienced through RUF was extremely impactful on his spiritual development and propelled him to accept a job with RUF at Duke University following graduation! Tucker and Ann moved to Bull City in April, as Ann began the job search and application process for law schools. As an intern, Tucker is excited to get to serve and meet Duke students and provide the appropriate amount of disdain for Carolina (just kidding...but seriously...). In his spare time, Tucker enjoys listening to music, drinking coffee, and exploring the country with Ann and their trusty tent.