Welcome to RUF at UC Irvine! We are a community committed to exploring and living the good news of Jesus together on campus. We have lots of opportunities to study the Bible, hang out, and eat (a lot of) food 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.
If you have any more questions about who we are or what we do on campus, please ask. We would love the opportunity to connect with you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.