RUF has been reaching and equipping Mercer students for over 25 years. Our hope and prayer is that any and every student would find RUF to be a safe place to process the truth claims of Christianity, to find friendship and community, and to rest and be encouraged.


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Marlin Harris

Marlin Harris began working for RUF at Mercer University in 2018. He grew up on the mission field in Asuncion, Paraguay before moving with his family to Marbury, Alabama in 1999. He attended Mercer University from 2007-2011 where he met his lovely wife, Caroline, who he married in May 2011. From 2012-2015 he worked with RUF  as an intern at Emory University in Atlanta while Caroline completed Mercer’s Physician Assistant program. In 2015, Marlin and Caroline moved to Charlotte where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary. They are overjoyed to be back in Macon and serving Christ at their alma mater!

Amanda DeYoung

Amanda is originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is a graduate from University of Central Florida with a degree in Social Work and is currently attending Reformed Theological Seminary pursuing her Masters in Christian Counseling. She was an RUF intern at the University of Houston ('13-'15) and was delighted to be called as Campus Staff at Mercer University and Wesleyan College in 2015. 

Amanda loves dunkin donut's iced coffee, puns, matinee movies, dance parties, and watching the Lord at work at Mercer and Wesleyan.

Kristen Hearn

Kristen grew up in Columbus, GA and graduated from Berry College in 2017 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She found out about the RUF internship through her husband Andrew, who is a 2017 Mercer University graduate and is going on to get his MD at Mercer as well. Kristen once only dreamed of being able to do full-time ministry right out of college and is thankful to see that dream come to a reality through serving with RUF at Mercer. 

A few of Kristen’s favorite things are: children’s books, anything miniature, pour over coffee, chocolate + peanut butter, and seeing students experience healing and flourish as members of God’s Kingdom.