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.
Campus Minister Britton Wood is from Birmingham, Alabama and attended Vanderbilt University. He and Elizabeth met serving RUF at the University of Tennessee. After attending Covenant Seminary they served RUF at the University of South Carolina for 4 years before moving to Stanford. They have 2 sets of identical twin girls: Mary Walton and Shelby; and Britton and Katherine.
Jess Springer is a proud North Carolina native. She grew up in Asheville and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Education. After college, she applied for RUF's Internship program and was placed at Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley. After working for RUF as an intern for three years, she joined campus staff in the Fall of 2016. As a musician, Jess uses her gifts leading worship with her local church and Stanford's worship teams. She loves music and hospitality, CrossFit, and watching Britton's little girls play soccer.
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.