RUF at Winthrop joyfully welcomes students from all walks of life on campus to participate in our community and explore the fullness of who Jesus Christ is from the Scriptures. We seek to increase our knowledge, love, and service of God by studying the Bible, praying together, encouraging one another, as well as having lots of fun. The heart of our mission is to reach students for Christ and equip them to serve.
Mark serves as RUF campus minister at Winthrop University and is pleased to call Rock Hill, SC home. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Mark's first stop outside of Ohio was Virginia Tech, where he devoted time to studying Communications, leading Young Life, and cheering on the Hokies. After graduation, Mark resided two years in Asia with Young Life International, teaching English and sharing the Gospel. Back in the states, Mark moved to Charlotte where he received a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in May 2013. Soon after, Mark accepted a call as Assistant Pastor at Bethel Church in Clover, SC and was ordained in November 2013.
Mark met his wife, Katherine, in college. Katherine has also been working her way south, growing up in Harrisburg, PA. She served as an MTW intern in Dublin, Ireland and holds a Masters in Biblical Studies from RTS Charlotte. The Ashbaugh's have three children, Julia ('09) and John ('12), and Emmett ('14). They are thrilled to be back on the college campus ministering to Winthrop students.
The Ashbaugh's love showing hospitality and are excited to welcome new friends from Winthrop into their home. They are truly delighted to continue in the ministry of reaching students for Christ and equipping them to serve at Winthrop University.
Katherine Ashbaugh grew up in Harrisburg, PA, but has been steadily making her way south ever since. She attended Virginia Tech, where she met her husband Mark, played field hockey, and graduated with a degree in Public Relations. After a yearlong internship with MTW in Dublin, Ireland, she and Mark married and moved to Charlotte to attend seminary at RTS. Katherine graduated with a Masters in Biblical Studies in 2013, with two children, Julia and John, already in tow. In 2014, their family moved to Rock Hill, SC, as Mark accepted the call for Campus Minister with RUF at Winthrop, and her last child, Emmett, was born. Katherine has spent the last 11 years raising her babies, volunteering with RUF Winthrop and in various ways at her home church, and working part-time for a local business. She is excited for this new season, which allows for more time with the wonderful woman of Winthrop! Katherine learns as much as she can about decorating, gardening, and personal finance. She enjoys eating (but not cooking), reading, and is happiest when she's skiing with Mark or hanging at the pool with her crew.
Sam Griffin grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Georgia Southern University (Harvard of the South) in 2018 with a degree in Elementary Education. In undergrad, she married her awesome husband, Gunther, who will be pursuing his M. Div. in seminary. She went on to get her M.Ed. in Elementary Education and started teaching fall of 2019. Just four months into teaching, she realized how much she missed the blessings that came along with being involved in campus ministry. Sam was heavily influenced by a campus ministry during her time at Southern and is looking forward to being used by God at Winthrop University.
Sam enjoys long walks to the best local coffee shop, being outside, working out, getting sucked into a good book, and just hanging out!
Chris grew up in Northern Virginia, in the suburbs of Washington DC, alongside his 6 siblings. He started college at Northern Virginia Community College before transferring to Virginia Tech, where he majored in history. Having grown up a Christian, RUF at Virginia Tech provided a place to better understand the Gospel while sharing life's challenges and joys in a deep community. God used this time to help put a calling to ministry in his life and then opened doors for him to serve as an RUF Intern at NC State for 2 years following graduation. He is now living in Charlotte, studying for a Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary, and excited to continue ministering to college students through RUF at Winthrop University! He enjoys playing board games, kayaking, disc golf, a good cup of tea, following sports (especially VT football), and watching (as well as quoting) his favorite movies and shows.