RUF is a student organization that seeks to share the light and life of Jesus with the larger campus community. It is a place for any student, regardless of background, belief, or lifestyle to come and discuss the claims of the Bible within a diverse community of people. College is a time in which many people are processing questions of purpose, life, and faith. We open the Bible weekly and sort through how scripture speaks into those questions.
RUF seeks to be a rest stop for tired Christians and a safe place for skeptics. We welcome and assume that in all of our meetings and events there are both Christians and non-Christians present. Come as you are. Be honest. Bring your doubts, hurts, shame, and sin- we want everyone to experience God’s rich grace, love, and compassion.
Crawford Stevener is a native Texan who went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN where he met his wonderful wife Rachel. Upon graduation, they were married and moved to Dallas where Crawford worked as an analyst for a consulting firm in the banking industry. In 2010, Crawford and Rachel moved to Charlotte, NC where they attended Reformed Theological Seminary. Crawford received his Masters of Divinity and Rachel her Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. In 2013, Crawford became the RUF Campus Minister at Duke University and the family re-located to Durham, NC. After five years of ministering at Duke, the Steveners can't wait to begin serving at Stanford! They have three spirited little girls - Ruthie, Lottie, and Glory.
Pretty much everyone in the Stevener family loves people, food, good conversations, and silliness.
Russell is the newest addition to RUF at Stanford. He’s a 2017 engineering grad from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide) and calls Birmingham home. Russell loves traveling to new places, playing tennis, and talking with friends around a bonfire. Ask him to make you some homemade ice cream.
Laura Whitten is from Montgomery, Alabama and attended Mississippi State University. Laura met her husband, Wilson, through RUF at Mississippi State. After getting married in June 2016, they moved to the Silicon Valley area to both work in ministry. Laura was placed as the RUF intern at Stanford for two years and is so pumped! You will almost always find her outside, being with people, playing some kind of sport, sipping some coffee, or eating good food.