Whether you're a new student at Purdue or have been a Boilermaker for a while, we welcome you to check out RUF. Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a safe place for you to explore Christianity and grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him in community with others at Purdue. We seek to be a grace-centered community on the campus, for the campus. Take a look around to find out more about who we are and how you can get involved with our ministry. Feel free to contact our staff with any questions!
Curtis McDaniel grew up in the South in the states of Alabama and Tennessee. He attended several different schools in college, but finally graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in History. At UF, he became involved in RUF and caught a passion for ministering to students. After college, he went to Covenant Theological Seminary and graduated with his M.Div in 2009. During his time there, he married Margaret whom he had met through RUF at UF. After graduation, God opened a door to serve as an assistant and eventually associate pastor at a church in Savannah, GA (Grace Church of the Islands). While he was called primarily to work with middle and high school students, he had a broad array of experience in pastoral ministry. In 2013, the Lord opened a door for them to work with RUF at Purdue University. They are excited about the opportunity to love the students at Purdue and to share with them the hope of the Gospel. They have be en blessed with two daughters, Anna (born 02/2013) and Katherine ("Kate", born 03/2015). In his free time, Curtis likes reading books, biking to work, watching & playing sports (Go Gators!) and watching a good movie/TV show.
Danielle is from the mountains of southern Virginia and spent most of her life there, but she loves traveling to different places, trying new things, and meeting fascinating people. At the College of William & Mary she majored in English and nourished a love for the magic of words. Her favorite thing is sharing life with people (yes, book characters are included as people in her world) and watching their eyes light up as they discover with her both the things that matter most to them and why those things matter. In her free time... well, she's still learning the definition of free time. Please be her friend and teach her everything you know about it.
Ryan hails from a small town in southwestern Iowa, which means he has a large soft spot for the Midwest. However, he loves to travel and seek out new adventures (a passion only fueled by a summer spent working for an NGO in northern India). Ryan is a recent graduate of Northwestern University (Go 'Cats!), where he majored in Religious Studies, minored in Legal Studies, and pursued a certificate program in Athletic Healthcare. Ryan is blessed to be joined in West Lafayette by his high-school sweetheart and now wife (!!!), Iris. Whenever possible, Ryan enjoys playing and watching sports, camping and hiking, trying new restaurants, reading an assortment of books, and making late-night dessert runs.