Welcome to the RUF at UT Knoxville profile page! RUF is a community of students that is trying to learn how to love God, love people, and love the University of Tennessee. The way that we do that is to create safe places (large groups, small groups, one-on-ones) for students of all types and backgrounds to PROCESS the story of Jesus and to learn how to INTEGRATE their lives into His story.
Please join us every Tuesday at 7:30pm in Redeemer Church of Knoxville (17th and Highland...in the Fort) for singing, friends, and to hear from God's Word!
Deanna (my sweet wife) and I are both from St. Louis, MO. I played 2 years of football at Wheaton College before breaking my ankle and transferring to Mizzou. I met Deanna there and the rest is history! We interned with RUF for 2 years at UGA before making our way back to STL to attend Covenant Seminary (MDiv 2015). Deanna and I have four kids: Luke (2011), Eleanor (2014), Peter (2015), and Jonathan (2018). Our family loves to… be outside, play games, ride bikes, eat popcorn or vegetables from our garden and watch Star Wars. Deanna is… AMAZING AT EVERYTHING, very good at back flips, and beautiful in a summer dress. I enjoy… black coffee, fantasy football, poetry, running, George MacDonald fantasy, beating my kids in board games (to teach them how to fail…ahem), and 7-inch in-seam shorts (so comfortable!). I’m an enneagram 4w3 (if you’re the type).
Emily Anderson is from Birmingham, AL and graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Advertising. RUF played a big role in her time at Alabama through strengthening her faith and providing fellowship. She is most excited about spending time and building relationships with the students at Tennessee. Emily loves to run, travel, hang out with friends, and is always up for coffee!
Jarrett grew up in Columbia, TN (the mule capital of the world!) before attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The summer before his junior year he married his wife Camille—a fellow student at UT—and graduated in May of 2020 with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Religious Studies. RUF was Jarrett’s most influential community in college, and he’s thankful for the opportunity to give back to the organization which has been so important to him. When he’s not on the job, you can catch Jarrett playing basketball in the TRECS, spending hours browsing the shelves at McKays, or reorganizing his apartment after watching 8 consecutive hours of HGTV.