Being a long way from home can be really difficult, especially when you are facing the challenge of navigating a new culture and language. SMU has about 1600 international students representing more than 90 different nations. RUF International seeks to welcome international students and scholars in the name of Jesus Christ.
If you are an American student who has a heart to serve the international students on campus, we would love have you partner with us! If you are an international student, we want to walk alongside you as you navigate life outside of the classroom! In addition to your studies, we want to help you experience the local culture, develop lasting cross-cultural friendships, and better understand who Jesus Christ is. Come join us for what we hope will be an exciting and life-changing experience!
Fee was born and raised in Dallas, Texas before moving to Fayetteville, Arkansas to attend the University of Arkansas. While in college, Fee studied History, spent a summer in China, and (most importantly) met his wonderful wife Kelly. After his undergraduate, Fee became the pastoral intern at Christ Community Church, a church plant in Fayetteville. After two years with Christ Community, Fee and Kelly moved to Jackson, Mississippi to study at Reformed Theological Seminary. Fee graduated with a Master of Divinity and Kelly with a Master of Arts in Counseling degree in 2020. Together they enjoy being outdoors, listening to music of all kinds, and exploring the city.
Heidi is a Franklin, TN native who graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in August 2016. She majored in journalism and classics, intending to work as a reporter until she connected with the RUF International on campus and began serving as a volunteer for three years. She moved to Dallas in August 2017 after accepting a job as an RUF-I intern and is thrilled to continue serving the international student community at SMU as campus staff. When she's not working, you can find her listening to podcasts, hanging out by White Rock Lake, reading National Geographic and cooking with friends.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Sophia graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Elementary Education. During her time at A&M, Sophia volunteered as a conversation partner with her international college peers. It was there she developed her love for the international community. Upon graduating, Sophia taught as an ESL teacher for three years at the elementary level, and most recently has begun pursuing a Masters in Counseling at Southern Methodist University. She is excited to minister to her peers as she studies alongside them! In her free time, Sophia enjoys reading biographies, hiking, and game nights with friends. She will also never turn down a cookie.