RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) is a community of students that exists to love and serve God and Tennessee Tech. Our goal is to help students come to understand, know, and follow Jesus Christ as they walk through their college years, and to help lay a foundation for a lifetime of following Jesus and serving him in all areas of life. We're here for the campus, reaching out to both religious and non-religious students. We want to be a safe place for skeptics and a rest stop for weary, burned out Christians. Whoever you are and whatever your story, RUF is for you.
Gavin grew up in Martin, TN and attended college at UT-Martin where he studied Philosophy. While at UT-Martin he was involved with RUF where he met Shalaine, a cross country/track star from Henderson, KY. They married in June 2006 and moved to Charlotte, NC for Gavin to attend seminary. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte in 2011 and the Breedens moved to Mississippi where Gavin served as an Assistant Pastor in a PCA church for four years. In July 2015, the Breedens were delighted to come back to Tennessee to do RUF at Tennessee Tech.
Gavin and Shalaine have three energetic children -- Addie Pearl (born March 2011), Miles (born May 2013), and Stella (born November 2015) -- and two lazy dachshunds. The Breedens love having people in their home, playing board games, reading, and watching movies.
Jeff spent his childhood moving around before his dad took a church in Greeneville, Tennessee. He graduated from Tennessee Tech with a degree in Computer Science. While at Tennessee Tech, Jeff fell in love with the ministry of RUF. Through RUF, God taught Jeff how to be vulnerable and to love other students and their stories. Jeff is looking forward to working with students and seeing God at work on Tech's campus!