For 25 years, RUF has been reaching students for Christ and equipping them to serve in NMSU, Las Cruces, the Southwest, and beyond. We welcome the diversity of perspectives and people that the university brings, and are excited to explore how the Christian gospel informs every facet of life, from agriculture, to engineering, to humanities, and beyond.
While college is a such an exciting period of life, it is also one of the hardest. We hope that RUF can be a place where “It’s ok to not be ok,” and where you have friends and mentors to encourage, comfort, and guide you in life’s ups and downs. RUF is a place of rest amidst the pressure of college life, to grow in relationship with God and friends, and share together in honest community.
Wherever you find yourself ("convinced" or “unconvinced," burned or bored, cynical or spiritual, passionate or stagnant), we hope you can bring your whole self to RUF, and explore with us who Jesus Christ is, and how to follow him.
I (Jonathan) grew up in southwest Colorado and grew up going to church each week with my family. I became a Christian and came to know Jesus when I was six years old. I spent all my summers (14 years worth) working at a commercial plant nursery and climbing 14ers around Colorado. I went east to go to college in New York City. I worked as an RUF intern in New York's City Campus RUF for two years. After the internship, I moved to St. Louis to study for a Masters of Divinity. That’s where I met my wife Caroline. We got married in May 2017 (ask about how we started dating!). If I’m not on campus, you'll probably find me riding a road bike, reading, cooking, running, or exploring outside.
As for Caroline, she grew up in Knoxville, TN and attended college right outside of Nashville. She became a Christian in middle school. After a stint in the music business world in Nashville, she moved to St Louis to study for her Masters of Divinity. She loves meeting new people, art (all kinds!), Netflix, running, climbing, and reading, and having fun! We both love the college journey because of the diverse people and ideas, fun experiences, and the opportunities to grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially. But more than anything, we love watching God transform people and communities so that they flourish! We have one daughter, Phoebe, who is adorable, squeaky, and loves glasses.
Madelaine graduated from Appalachian State University where she studied Sociology and Spanish. She grew up in Hickory, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. She enjoys dance parties and eats dessert after every meal. Her favorite parts of the day are meal times, especially when they are shared with friends. Madelaine is excited to work for RUF at NMSU!