RUF is a Christian ministry at Rhodes College.

All Rhodes students are welcome regardless of personal or religious background. We welcome the "convinced" and the "unconvinced" and invite all students, not matter who they are, to RUF.

We want RUF to be a place where a student can come with questions, find fellowship with others, worship God, serve others, and grow in their knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His work on their behalf.


Large Group

Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
East Village Lodge

Freshman Small Group

Mondays at 9 p.m.
Trezevant Conservatory
John Craft

John Craft grew up in Memphis, TN. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, where he studied philosophy and film studies, he moved to Athens, GA to complete a two year internship with RUF at the University of Georgia. While doing intern training, he met his wife Leigh, who was an RUF intern at Winthrop University. After they got married, John and Leigh moved to St. Louis, MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. After graduating and doing some college ministry in St. Louis, John and Leigh moved to Chattanooga in 2007 to do RUF @ UTC. Now having moved back to Memphis, they are both excited to be serving with RUF @ Rhodes College. John and Leigh have two children, William and Lizzie.

Leslie Janikowsky

Leslie grew up in a Navy family and lived all over, but always called Maryland home. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) where she double majored in Political Science and English. It was at UVA that Leslie became involved with the ministry of RUF. After graduating, she began working as an RUF intern at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. In 2014, after completing three years of the internship, she was called to continue serving with RUF at Rhodes in the role of Campus Staff.  

Leslie is also finishing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Memphis. She loves coffee, UVA basketball, baking chocolate chip cookies, and training for half marathons.  

James Rantzow

James is a native Memphian. He went to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he majored in Nonprofit Management. After graduating, James accepted a full-time job with a Summer Camp/Retreat Center in Bolivar, TN. After a year and a half at his camp, James decided to come back to RUF. He loves spending time outside doing anything active and also hanging with anyone over a meal or cup of coffee. He is thrilled to be back on a college campus where he gets to hang out and work with Rhodes students.