Welcome to RUF at UC Irvine! We are a Christian community committed to exploring and living the good news of Jesus together on campus. And that's true even during COVID season, when folks can't even go to class on campus. RUF is committed to being a place for you to form community, study the Bible, hang out, and grow together. Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a safe place to connect, ask questions and learn who Jesus is and what he's doing in your life.


Large Group

Wednesdays at 6:00PM

via Zoom 

Email us or check Instagram for links

Fall Small Group Bible Studies

Various Times will be available for Guys, Girls, and Coed studies. 

We hammer these out Week 1 to fit your schedule.

Weekend Hangs

Check Instagram for regular announcements. Game nights, Baking nights, Jackbox TV, every other Friday all Fall.

Rides to Church

If you're local to Irvine and need a ride to Church on Sunday (outside, social-distanced), contact us and we'd love to set that up for you.

Additional Resources

We have several Bible studies each week throughout the school year. For location and time of Summer studies, contact our amazing intern, Hailey Kim at hailey.kim@ruf.org.

Derek Rishmawy

Derek is an Orange County native and UC Irvine Alumnus. He has been married to his wife McKenna since 2011 and started dating her back in 2007, his last year at UCI. Before coming back, he spent four years in Chicagoland working on his Ph.D. in systematic theology (still in process) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before that worked as a college ministry director in Santa Ana, CA. In his free time he mostly likes spending time with his wife, reading, grilling in the backyard with friends, watching old Batman cartoons, and doing a little bit of writing on the side. 

Hailey Kim

Hailey grew up in multiple different states, but finds Oklahoma to be her mainland when her family settled down in Tulsa in 2009. She went to high school there and graduated from The University of Tulsa (Reign Cane) with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. The Lord led her to RUF when she was a freshman and the ministry became an integral part of her college experience. She loved the genuine community and how she was able to hear the gospel every Wednesday night during large group. She is grateful that RUF was able to connect her to a church, a local PCA in the heart of Tulsa. She is thrilled to be able to continue working for RUF to share the same gospel that has transformed her life with college students.

Hailey enjoys coffee, reading, nature, eating/cooking, and being around people. She is excited to stay out west and explore the hidden gems of Southern California.