Welcome to RUF at the University of Arizona! Bear down!
RUF is a community of students seeking to learn and grow in our relationships with God the Father by His grace through Jesus. We also seek to grow in friendship with other students to help us through our time at U of A and life after graduation!
In this time of societal uncertainty and anxiety, we're all hungry for something that will satisfy and give us stability. Join us in RUF as we consider the promise of the Christian message and grow in friendship with God and each other.
Events will be TBD as the U of A sets policy for the Socially Distanced 2020-2021 School Year
During the 2020-2021 school year, we will have a combination of in-person and virtual small groups and social gatherings. Follow our Instagram account for up-to-date info. @arizonaruf
Dan Smith is the campus minister for RUF at the U of A. Dan grew up in North East Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in Letters from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. He served as the university ministry director (Second Wind Ministries) at First Presbyterian Church in Norman, OK for 3 years. In August 2008, Dan married Brittany 2 weeks before moving to St. Louis, MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. He graduated from Covenant with his Masters of Divinity in May 2012 and began working with RUF at the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College in June of 2012. Dan was ordained as a Teaching Elder (Pastor) in the Presbyterian Church in America in October of 2012. The Smiths moved to Tucson in August 2017 to start the RUF at the U of A! They are so excited to be here. Bear down!
Dan and Brittany have two kids -- Jonah and Penelope.
Brittany Smith grew up in Mesquite, TX. She attended the University of Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in English. After being involved in RUF at UT, she worked for two years as an intern with RUF at the University of Oklahoma. She married Dan on the way to Covenant Seminary, where they attended together. She received her Masters of Educational Ministries from Covenant in 2011. Brittany loves college students, teaching the Bible, and the ministry of RUF and feels so fortunate to have been a part of serving God’s kingdom in this way. Now settled in Tucson, Brittany enjoys the desert wildlife, playing board games on the patio and reading books to her kids.
Noah grew up in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona and decided to move down south to Tucson for his undergraduate career at the University of Arizona. He graduated with a degree in Optical Engineering with a minor in Math. He is so excited to get to continue working with students in each of their walks of life. He enjoys hiking, music, reading, coffee, running, wood working, playing instruments, poetry, and water colors. RUF was a defining part of Noah's collegiate career and he is ready to serve the University of Arizona's campus on staff with RUF.
Rebekah grew up in Southport, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington with a degree in history and a minor in anthropology. She is excited to move to Arizona and get to know U of A students! Rebekah enjoys reading, horseback riding, day hiking, and learning how to play new board games. RUF was a central part of Rebekah’s college experience at UNCW, and she is so excited to get to join and serve the RUF family at the U of A!