RUF came to New Mexico State University more than 20 years ago and ever since has been reaching students for Christ and equipping them to serve. NMSU students from every kind of background find RUF to be a place of rest amidst the pressure of college life, rich growth in their relationship with God and friends, and a place where lives and struggles are shared together in honest community.
RUF is truly a community that meets you right where you are ("convinced" or "unconvinced", lost or found, burned or bored, cynical or spiritual, passionate or stagnant), but doesn't leave you stuck there. Why? Because God is a God who meets us where we are but never leaves us stuck there. So come as you are to explore Christianity and grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him alongside others at NMSU.
Ben's from Atlanta, GA. He went to college at the University of Georgia and got to live in his beloved college town, Athens, GA, for 10 years. During that time God introduced himself to Ben and brought him to life. Also during those Athens years, he attended grad school, served as an RUF intern, and began an "awkward friendship" with his future wife, Anna. After working with RUF for three years, he moved to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in counseling. A highlight of his time in Philly was getting to minister to students at the University of Pennsylvania. Oh, and also reconnecting with that previously mentioned "future wife" who was working in youth ministry in Colorado! Anna and Ben were married in 2012, welcomed their little boy Eli into the family in 2014 and little lady Addie in 2015. God's done great things duri ng their time in Cruces and they're excited to begin their fourth year serving the amazing students of NMSU!
Ben would love to grab a meal or coffee with you one day and get to know you better. You can reach him at 706-372-4627, Ben.Coppedge@ruf.org, or on Facebook. Anna would also love to get to know and meet up with you ladies. If you want to hangout, you can reach her at 706-338-9721, Akcounts@gmail.com, or on Facebook.
John Robert spent his early childhood in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but grew up mostly in Norman, Oklahoma. He completed his undergrad at University of Central Oklahoma where he majored in English. In the summer of 2015, John Robert married Mary, and they have a little baby girl due in August, 2016. Over twenty years ago, John Robert's dad started the RUF at New Mexico State University, and now he is overjoyed to return and serve with the ministry at NMSU.
Brittany was born in the great peach state of Georgia and raised just outside of Atlanta. After graduating high school, she moved to attend the University of Georgia in Athens. During her time at UGA, Brittany got involved with RUF and loved it so much she decided she wanted to do the RUF internship, and is beyond thrilled to be doing so at New Mexico State University! Some of her favorite things are (in no particular order): coffee (especially with friends!), flying/ being in an airport, binge watching The Office, road trips, cows, when it's sunny and raining at the same time, surprises, putting things in her planner, hiking, and hanging out with awesome college students at NMSU!