Welcome to Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Florida. RUF is a community of students learning how to love God, love people, and love UF. Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a great place to EXPLORE Christianity and GROW in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. We welcome all, no matter where they are in the process, to be part of our campus ministry.
Brian Thomas came to Gainesville, FL from the mountains of Western North Carolina where he served for 4 years as the RUF Campus Minister at Western Carolina University, but he was raised in the beautiful northeast corner of Alabama. Brian attended the University of North Alabama (historically a division II powerhouse). Upon graduation from college he moved to Fort Payne, AL -- home to the country music group Alabama, Little River Canyon, and Don Chico’s Mexican Restaurant. During his time there he would spend a year in the business world, two years on staff at Grace Presbyterian Church, make lifelong friends, but most importantly marry his best friend Jessica in 2007. Brian graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, where they developed a deeper love for God’s Word, God’s people, and Cardinals baseball. Brian and Jessica have a son, Noah, and a daughter, Evelyn, who like to wake them up early every morning.
Elle Shuford is from Watkinsville, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Advertising and Communication Studies. During her years in RUF, she came to know the beauty and grace of Jesus and found a love for sharing His name with college students. Elle enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing games, going on walks, singing, and creating Spotify playlists. She can’t wait to head down to Gainesville, FL and see how the Lord works in these next two years!