UGA students from every kind of background have found RUF to be a place of rest amidst the pressure of college life, rich growth in their relationship with God and friends, and a place where lives and struggles are shared together in honest community.

RUF is a community that meets you where you are ("convinced" or "unconvinced", lost or found, burned out or fired up) but doesn't leave you stuck there because God is one who meets us where we are but never leaves us stuck there. So come as you are to explore Christianity and grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him alongside others at UGA.

 
JOIN US

Large Group

Wednesday Nights at 7:30pm and 8:45pm

Redeemer Presbyterian Church Downtown Athens, 165 Pulaski Street, Athens, GA 30601
 

Community Groups

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday nights throughout the semester

Contact Ben for more information

Freshman Fellowship

Tuesday nights 8-9:30pm 

Redeemer's Firestone Room (165 Pulaski Street)

Sunday Sports

Sunday evenings 

UGA IM Fields during the semester.

MEET OUR TEAM
Ben Coppedge
Minister
EMAIL
ben.coppedge@ruf.org
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Ben is the campus minister at UGA RUF. He's from Marietta and went to UGA. It was during the tail end of his undergrad years that God grabbed a hold of him and brought him to new life in Jesus. During his time in Athens, he also went to grad school, served as an RUF intern, and met Anna—his wife of 8 years now. After finishing the RUF internship, he moved to Philadelphia to attend seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in counseling. Anna and Ben share life and a boatload of chaos with their four incredible "chublets"—Eli (5), Addie (4), Noah (3), and Evangeline (1). From 2013 to 2017 they were blessed to get to serve students through RUF at New Mexico State University. Ben’s here at UGA for you and would love to meet up!

Caysie Ashton
Intern
EMAIL
caysie.ashton@ruf.org
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Originally hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Caysie spent her college years at the University of Kentucky--go cats! She studied Integrated Strategic Communication and Spanish, ¡qué chido! She loves college students and knows they need Jesus as much as she does, so she can’t wait to serve with RUF at UGA and walk with students towards Jesus. Caysie loves Cookout milkshakes, Lucky Charms, and cherry Icees. She’s always up for watching a sunset and loves the experience of doing something she’s never done before. Caysie is ready to live the Athens life and cheer on all the Georgia sports--go dawgs!

Trevor Heffner
Intern
EMAIL
trevor.heffner@ruf.org
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Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, I went on to graduate from Appalachian State University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice to prepare me for a career in law enforcement. It was during my time in App State's RUF that I learned the importance of learning how to care for the community I was a member of before starting my career in law enforcement. This and the amazing community I found in RUF was what led me to do the RUF Internship. I enjoy cooking, binge watching Friends, anything with a Frisbee, and college football! I am thrilled for my next two years getting to know the students at the University of Georgia!

Jeremiah Rinehart
Intern
EMAIL
jeremiah.rinehart@ruf.org
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I'm from Memphis, TN. I graduated from Rhodes College, also in Memphis. I studied Spanish and Philosophy. I got involved with RUF my freshman year and then stayed involved throughout college. RUF was one of the best parts of my college experience and I can't wait to be a part of RUF in Athens. I really like socks (Fun fact: I have over 50 different pairs). I also like fishing and basketball. I'm super excited to move to Athens and I can't wait to hang out with students.