Vanderbilt RUF is a student organization that seeks to spread the "gospel" (the good news of Jesus Christ) through ourselves and into the campus by word, deed, and lifestyle. We believe the gospel is what brings about personal change, social healing, and cultural renewal. Everyone is welcome regardless of personal or religious background.
Vanderbilt RUF is here for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced," the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical, or spiritual. We invite you no matter where you are in the process.
Richie is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. He and Laura met in college and were married in 2000. He graduated from Belmont University and attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. In 2004 he graduated from RTS with an Masters of Divinity. He ministered as the Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, MS from 2004-2007 before becoming the Assistant Pastor to Young Adults at Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2009, Richie was called to be the Senior Pastor at IPC where he served until 2015. In 2015 Richie was called to RUF at Vanderbilt. Richie and Laura have three children, Mamie, Griffin, and Margaret.
Grace Anne grew up in Raleigh, NC. She attended Wake Forest University where she met her husband, Houston, majored in Psychology, and loved being involved in RUF there. After graduating in 2017, she and Houston were married and moved to Nashville! Grace Anne loves spending time with her six siblings, going to the movies, and exploring Nashville.
Jamison grew up just outside of Charlotte, NC in a town called Gastonia. He recently graduated from Furman University in May of 2019 and is getting married to his fiancé, Rachel, in July. Jamison LOVES spikeball, backpacking, ultimate frisbee, and The Chronicles of Narnia. He led Young Life all four years of college so he has plenty of weird games to play if you ever get bored! Also remember that he is ALWAYS down to play spikeball... I repeat, ALWAYS.
Blair is so excited about returning home as she was born and raised in Nashville, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2019. She studied Marketing at Tennessee and was involved with RUF throughout her time at UT. She loves anything involving sports and has a lots of love for the VOLS, but is learning to say Anchor Down! Blair enjoys being outside, spending time with her friends and family, and listening to music. Blair is excited to meet the students at Vanderbilt and to see what the Lord is doing on campus already.
Joshua grew up in Tempe, Arizona and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology to study what he had always dreamed of studying: architecture. During his time at Tech, he became involved with RUF and a local church, and he heard his irresistible call into ministry. He is overjoyed to be spending these next years with the students of Vanderbilt, building disciples and spreading the gospel. In his free time, Joshua enjoys hiking, backpacking, caving, climbing (pretty much anything out in nature), photography, board- and video-gaming, and exploring cities.