Go Pack and welcome to RUF at NC State! We are a community learning about the love of Jesus for us and how it calls us to love others. We welcome students from all walks of life, regardless of where they are spiritually. In RUF, we do not think any of us has it all together, and so we all need to hear the good news that God has provided Jesus to bring healing and restoration to broken people.
To help people learn about Jesus, we provide opportunities to learn what the Bible teaches and put it into practice in our everyday lives. In RUF, we think the gospel must be understood if it is to impact our life, and it must be lived out to be truly understood. Feel free to contact us if we can help you!
Chuck Askew is the campus minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at North Carolina State University and Meredith College. Chuck is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but became involved with RUF in his time at the University of Florida and spent 2 years as an intern with RUF at Mississippi State. After those two years, Chuck went to Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson to get a Masters of Divinity. While there, he met his lovely wife Lauren, originally from Syracuse, New York, who was in the Marriage and Family Therapy program of RTS. After graduating in 2005, Chuck and Lauren moved to Conway, South Carolina to start the RUF at Coastal Carolina University (CCU). After four years at CCU, Chuck was called to serve as the RUF campus minister at North Carolina State University and has been happily serving students here since 2009. Lauren and Chuck have three children, Charlie, Norah and Sam.
Lauren was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. After graduating from Greenville Tech Charter High school she spent two years studying theatre and communications at Lander University. Then, the Lord really took a hold of her life and she transferred to Columbia International University the fall of her junior year. During her time at CIU she fell more in love with the Lord and really understood what it looks like to have a personal relationship with Him. She graduated with a degree in Bible and Communications from CIU in April of 2016. Although never involved with RUF (there wasn't RUF at CIU) she has a passion for student ministry and seeing people grow in their relationship with the Lord. She loves spending time with people, going to concerts, and finding the best coffee shops.
Chris was raised in the suburbs of Northern Virginia and along with his 6 siblings was homeschooled K-12. In the process, he learned a thing or two about controlled chaos and a lot about his need for grace. He moved to Blacksburg, VA to attend Virginia Tech and wanted a big family of Presbyterians to replace the one he was leaving so he jumped right into RUF. While working on his BA in History at VT, the chaos remained while the grace of the Gospel became profoundly real in the teaching he sat under and the relationships he built. Now he has the privilege of sharing that Gospel with students in Raleigh! He hopes you will join his new RUF family, and would love to spend time getting to know you. This time may well involve tolerating him going off about his favorite TV shows, sports teams, and music or the occasional foray into Church and American History. Really though, he'd like to hear about you because you're awesome and because it's his job which makes for a nice combination.
P.S. He likes clichés and simple humor but still finds writing about himself in the 3rd person rather strange.