RUF Tyler is a community of students at UT Tyler who are seeking to grow in our faith; learning to love God, love others, and love our campus. Whether you are a committed follower of Christ or spiritually seeking, whether you are convinced of the claims of Christianity or skeptical, we invite you to come and join us on the journey of seeking truth.


Large Group

Tuesdays at 8pm 

Soules COB 111

Additional Resources
JB Wilbanks

JB began serving as the RUF campus minister in Tyler in the Fall of 2017. He grew up in the small town of Linden in East Texas and attended Texas A&M for an undergrad in Psychology. It was at A&M that JB met his wife Allison. JB received his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He previously served as the Assistant Pastor and Minister to Students at Christ Church in Mansfield, TX before being called to RUF Tyler. JB and Allison have three children, Lillian (born April 2015), John (born February 2017), and Clara (born April 2020). JB loves reading, hunting, backpacking, golfing, and, above all else, playing with his kids.

Abby Plott

Abby graduated from Samford University with a degree in Human Development and Family Science and a minor in Arabic. RUF was a vital part of her community and growth during college, where she fostered a passion for overseas missions and local ministry. Abby is excited to continue growing and serving with RUF in Tyler. Abby loves coffee, photography, and playing all the sports, especially volleyball. She loves to travel, and is always down for a beach trip.