Welcome to ECU's RUF. RUF is a Christ-Centered community that serves the tired, the skeptical, and the committed at ECU. It is a group where people can learn, grow, and struggle to know who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him.
Tom Hart was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. While studying at the University of Georgia, he got involved with RUF, where he encountered Jesus for the first time. He also met his wife, Chané, in history class, who is originally from South Africa but grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. After college, Tom served as an RUF intern at Auburn University from 2008 to 2011, where he developed a deep love for college ministry. Having spent three years in the Midwest while Tom earned a Master’s of Divinity from Covenant Seminary, the Harts were thrilled to move back to the South, where boiled peanuts and sweet tea are easier to come by. Tom and Chané spend most of their free time thoroughly enjoying their three children, Simon (born in 2012), Ragan (born in 2014), and Bauer (born 2016).
Anna Grider was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, and attended Mississippi State University where she studied public relations. At MSU she became involved in RUF.
Through the teaching at RUF and its strong community, Anna was shown truth in the freedom of the gospel that she had previously misunderstood. Freedom that allows her broken self to fail, cry, give up control, and joyfully rely on the Lord's goodness to overcome her shortcomings, all while still being able to proudly call Him Father. That is why she decided to become an RUF intern, to share that good news with others.