Welcome! RUF is a Christian ministry for the U of A campus. With so many choices and possibilities, college is an exciting time, but it can also be lonely. RUF seeks to provide a safe place for students to rest in the gospel, grow in their faith, and find community. Please reach out to us if you have any questions!
Join us every Wednesday at 8pm in Tollett Auditorium (beginning August 28) for worship, friends, and to hear from God's Word!
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Austin grew up in Macon, Georgia and attended undergrad at the University of Georgia where he studied Communication. Right after graduating he married his amazing wife Anna Caroline and moved to Baton Rouge where he served as an intern with RUF at LSU for two years. They learned to love college students and cook cajun food down in the bayou. He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where he received a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in counseling. Before moving to Fayetteville he served as the RUF campus minister at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee for four years. Anna Caroline received a degree in nursing from Medical College of Georgia. She loves taking care of people and teaching. They have a three year old daughter named Linley who is a social butterfly and loves to sing and dance. Their interests include cooking(smoking), sports, music, yard games, and being in the outdoors. They are excited to be back in the SEC and can’t wait to explore all the wonderful outdoor activities that NW Arkansas has to offer. Woo Pig Sooie!!
Rebecca Hatton is from OKC and just graduated from the University of Arkansas (spring 2020) with a degree majoring in Spanish and minors in Psychology and African American studies. Rebecca joined RUF her first week of college and joined the worship team the second. RUF was her saving grace and lifeline in college. It gave her community and a safe place to take off her mask. Because of how RUF ministered to Rebecca, she realized her calling to ministry and love for Arkansas so she will be staying at the UofA to do the RUF internship.
As an intern Rebecca looks forward to entering into the messy lives of college students and watching the gospel transform lives. Aside from her love of ministry, Rebecca’s favorite things are traveling the world, being active outside, cooking, drinking a kombucha, and talking about emotions. She cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for the next 2 yrs.
Everett graduated with a degree in History from Taylor University in December of 2018. From the summer of 2018 to the summer of 2020, He was the Adult Ministries Resident at Upland Community Church in Upland, Indiana where he fell deeper in love with Jesus, His word, and His Church. Growing up, Everett moved around a lot. For the first fifteen years of his life, Everett's family moved back and forth between various cities in Texas and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Though his childhood was characterized by many transitions, Everett found joy and stability in a handful of constants: the Pittsburgh Steelers, his family, the fellowship of believers, and, most eminently, Jesus! Eventually, Everett's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was for the majority of his high school years. Though his parents live in Dallas, Texas now, Everett considers Atlanta his "hometown." Clueless about what was best for him, Everett decided to go to a small, Christian liberal arts school in the cornfields of Indiana, to play football and learn history. At Taylor University, God's grace was poured out on his life through the love and ministry of some amazing people, one of which was his now-wife, Megan! Everett is passionate about sharing the gospel & his life with others, especially students. He and Megan love spending time together, hiking, exercising, reading theological & fictional books, watching football, interior decorating, singing, road-tripping, thrifting, cooking, visiting museums (mostly Everett), psychoanalyzing (ha!), and dinner parties!
Elizabeth (Lizzy) is a third year intern from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from The University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in the Spring of 2018 with a double major in Math and Math Education. Lizzy knew she wanted to be involved with RUF at UGA before she even got to college, but she didn't know how much of a blessing it would be. The community of believers that surrounded her from RUF pointed her to Christ in every circumstance and she learned more about the undeserved, immeasurable love of God. As an intern, Lizzy loves talking with students about how Jesus impacts our everyday lives, creating gospel community for the students of RUF Arkansas, and baking fresh cookies for (almost) every large group! Lizzy enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking, hiking, singing, and being outside as much as possible. She cannot wait to see the ways that God will work in this next year!