Welcome to L.A.! We are glad you are here at USC. We know how important it is to have real connection with others on a campus found in such a sprawling city as Los Angeles. At 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. 

Jesus said that he did not come to save the righteous, but sinners. At RUF, we do not wish to pretend to have it all together. We are people in need of grace. Consequently, all are welcome to be part of our group, regardless of personal or religious background. RUF exists for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced," the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical, or spiritual. If this sounds interesting to you, please contact us. We would love to get to know you!


Sunday Evening Service

Sundays at 5 p.m.

Pacific Crossroads, 514 W. Adams Blvd

Small Groups

find out times and places from our student leaders!

Large Group

Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Zumberge hall of science room 252

Alex Watlington

Alex is orignally from Lookout Mountain, GA and is new to the west coast. Before coming to USC he spent the last 10 years in Pennsylvania. 4 in Philadelphia at Westminster Theological Seminary and 6 at Penn State University where he was the RUF campus minister. He and his wife Becki have 3 children (Whit, Miles, and Monroe) and love living in the L.A. area.

Izzy Essary

Izzy grew up in Nashville, TN and graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Art History. She is thrilled to be living in Los Angeles for a few years and is looking forward to getting to know the students of USC! In her free time, you can find Izzy watching true crime documentaries, getting coffee with friends, or listening to Taylor Swift.