As a Christian ministry at UT, we strive to reach students with the good news of Jesus and to equip our students to serve others. RUF stands for Reformed University Fellowship and is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America.
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!
John Trapp grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama and attended Vanderbilt University where he met his wife Chrissy, an Austin, TX native. Prior to serving with RUF, John worked as a youth pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian church in Houston, TX for 6 years. During that time Chrissy earned her Masters in Christian Counseling from Houston Baptist University. John has a Masters of Divinity from Redeemer Theological Seminary. The Trapps have five children: Owen, Lucy, Georgia, Betsy, and Hank. Some common family activities include playing and watching baseball games, reading, dancing, golfing, and eating Chickfila.
Assistant Campus Minister
Daniel and Heejei met during orientation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, got engaged six months later, and have now been married for 11 years. They have two (amazing, awesome) kiddos, Nathaniel (9) and Naomi (6). Daniel graduated with his Ph.D. from UT in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East in May 2018 and found that even one year away from campus life was too much. He currently runs a small business selling products online and feels blessed that he has the time and flexibility to invest in the next generation of young men at UT. Ask him anything, but to get him really excited ask him about his family, the NBA (Go Spurs Go!), finding deals online, or what books he is currently reading. Some of his favorite books include Ender's Game, Gilead, Sapiens, Anna Karenina, and Catch-22. Heejei's superpower is making all kinds of people feel welcome and accepted. If you ever want an amazing home-cooked meal, just ask. Seriously, just ask.
Mary Henley Green is from Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelors and masters degree in Elementary Education. RUF was such an important part of her Ole Miss experience through the community, fellowship, and the way the Lord worked through her life during her college years. Outside of RUF, Mary Henley loves to be outdoors, go on road trips, and have game nights. After two years as an intern, she is excited to continue serving as Campus Staff at the University of Texas.
Maria is from Huntsville, AL and graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor's and master's degree in Accounting. She loves the Crimson Tide, but is learning to say hook ‘em horns! Maria enjoys being outside, spending time with her friends and family, and jamming to a good road trip playlist. While at Alabama, RUF showed Maria what Christian community looks like and helped strengthen her identity in Christ while creating friendships that will last well beyond her college years. Maria is excited to meet the students at UT and to see how the Lord is at work on campus already.
Nicholas grew up in Memphis, Tennessee (the home of real BBQ) and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (the real UT) where he double-majored in civil engineering and English literature. RUF had a huge impact on Nicholas's walk with the Lord in college, and he is excited to be in Austin to hopefully, by the grace of God, reflect the love that Christ has shown him to the students there. Nicholas loves bike rides, Chipotle, hardcore punk music, and reading and talking about literature, theology, philosophy, etc. He also can't wait to get his big meaty claws on some of those famous Austin tacos.