Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a safe place for you to explore Christianity and grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him in community with others at UCSB. In RUF, we strive to be an authentic community that is not only supportive and spiritually challenging, but also outward-facing to our peers on campus. We are a ministry at UCSB for UCSB.
Johnathan Keenan is originally from Hereford, TX which is known as the Beef Capitol of the World. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2001. After graduation, Johnathan moved to Inverness, Scotland where he served as a youth minister for 3.5 years. In 2010, Johnathan graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary (M.DIV.) and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland for some post-graduate studies (Th.M.).
Johnathan met his wife Morgan while serving as the RUF Campus Minister at the University of Memphis from 2011-2016. They have two sons, Branson (2 yrs) and Cooper (6 mos). Johnathan and Morgan are excited to be in California serving the students at UC-Santa Barbara.
Grace was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and completed her undergrad at the University of Mississippi. There she majored in journalism and minored in history. Grace was involved with RUF throughout her four years in college and loved the way the ministry spoke the gospel truth into her life and reminded her of the constant need for a savior. Grace loves to talk and finds joy in meeting new people and making friends. Grace is so excited to minister to students at UCSB.
Andrew was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He went to school at the University of Mississippi, where he studied Integrated Marketing Communications. Andrew came to faith in Christ his sophomore year of college when he became involved with RUF. He loves to write and listen to music, go on long nature walks, drink coffee, spontaneously say yes to things, make friends, and talk about the gospel. He is so excited to come serve Jesus at UCSB and this fall!
Heather originally hails from Memphis, TN, but became a true Texan through her time in undergrad at Texas Christian University. There, she studied Theatre and Strategic Communication. She was involved in RUF at TCU, where she was blown away by the Lord's magnificent work through such ordinary means. Heather loves to read, run, listen to music, and spend time with friends. She cannot wait to experience life on the West Coast with RUF!