Welcome to RUF at Wake Forest! We are a community of students on campus seeking to love God and love our neighbor. Our goal is to help students come to understand, know, and follow Jesus Christ as they walk through their college years, and to help lay a foundation for a lifetime of following Jesus and serving him in all areas of life.
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. Whoever you are and whatever your story, RUF exists for you.
John became the RUF campus minister at Wake Forest University in 2015. Previously he served as an Associate Pastor at City Church of Richmond (PCA) in Richmond, VA.
John is a graduate of Tulane University (BA '06) and Reformed Theological Seminary (MDiv '13).
John loves getting excited about new things and then telling everyone about them. When not doing that, he likes reading books, drinking coffee, and Crossfit - but usually not at the same time.
He met his wife, Mary Clarke, in college while serving with FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), a para-church youth ministry for independent school students. Together, they moved to Winston-Salem in May 2015 and live there with their three young children, Leo, Mary Landon, and George.
Ellis was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned her degree in Finance from The University of Tulsa (TU). Ellis loved her time in RUF at TU, and is thrilled to serve as an RUF intern at Wake Forest University. She loves farmers markets, strong coffee, and cooking for friends!
Dakota was born and raised in Knoxville, TN before moving to Winston-Salem, NC in 2012 to start his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University. There, he majored in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry. Upon graduating in 2016, he was in the 2016-2017 inaugural class of the Winston-Salem Fellows Program. For the last two years, he has been serving as a medical scribe at a local ENT practice. Dakota is excited to return to Wake Forest for the 2019-2021 school years to serve at his alma mater. In his free time, Dakota enjoys playing and listening to music, fly fishing, and reading.
Matt is from Greenville, North Carolina, which he affectionately calls, "The less cool Greenville." He lived there for 18 years before going to UNC - Chapel Hill for school, where he majored in English and Communication Studies. He graduated UNC in May 2019 and moved to Winston-Salem, NC to work as an RUF intern in August 2019. If you haven't already been able to tell, he's been a North Carolina guy his whole life.
In middle school, Matt started thinking about working in full-time ministry. 10 years later, he's still pursuing it. He sees the RUF internship as a great opportunity right out of college to minister to college students, grow in his understanding of ministry, and take a first-step in what could be a lifetime of doing ministry.
Susan is originally from Birmingham, AL. She graduated in December ’19 from UNC Chapel Hill after studying Psychology and Speech & Hearing Sciences. She loves summer camp, Snapchat memories, ballet, and the band Lake Street Dive. She’s married to Wake’s male intern, Matt! Susan’s favorite part of college was being a part of RUF at UNC, and she’s excited to work for a ministry that means so much to her.