RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) is a community of students that exists to love and serve God and Tennessee Tech. Our goal is to help students come to understand, know, and follow Jesus Christ as they walk through their college years, and to help lay a foundation for a lifetime of following Jesus and serving him in all areas of life. We're here for the campus, reaching out to both religious and non-religious students. We want to be a safe place for skeptics and a rest stop for weary, burned out Christians. Whoever you are and whatever your story, RUF is for you.
Gavin grew up in Martin, TN and attended college at UT-Martin where he studied Philosophy. While at UT-Martin he was involved with RUF where he met Shalaine, a cross country/track star from Henderson, KY. They married in June 2006 and moved to Charlotte, NC for Gavin to attend seminary. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte in 2011 and the Breedens moved to Mississippi where Gavin served as an Assistant Pastor in a PCA church for four years. In July 2015, the Breedens were delighted to come back to Tennessee to do RUF at Tennessee Tech.
Gavin and Shalaine have three energetic children -- Addie Pearl (born March 2011), Miles (born May 2013), and Stella (born November 2015) -- and two lazy dachshunds. The Breedens love having people in their home, playing board games, reading, and watching movies.
Shalaine grew up in Henderson, KY and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin on a cross-country scholarship. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Education. She met Gavin at a Super Bowl Party her junior year and they were married in 2006. From 2007 to 2011 they lived in Charlotte, NC where Shalaine taught high school science while Gavin attended seminary. After spending around 12 years teaching science and math to middle and high school students she is excited to be putting her focus and heart into meeting with young women, having students in her home, and helping plan events for RUF. She loves reading, running, dancing, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.
Will came to saving faith at a young age, around 5 or 6. By the grace of God he gladly says he has never known a day when he did not trust the truth of the Bible and believe Jesus came to save him. He grew up in First Presbyterian Church of Dothan, AL and especially grew in his faith during high school through his church’s youth group. From 2013 to 2017 Will attended Auburn University, majoring in civil engineering, and was highly active in RUF on campus, leading Bible studies, serving on the leadership team, and playing piano in the worship band. Around fall of 2015 Will firmly felt the call to pursue vocational ministry. After spending two summers as a youth group intern for First Presbyterian Church in his hometown, he is continuing to pursue ministry as an intern at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN.
Anna hails from the Silver State (Nevada) and attend college at the University of Houston in Texas where she became involved with RUF her freshman year. She was raised in the church but didn't fully come to know Jesus and the loving grace of our Lord until college, through the community and teachings of RUF. After becoming involved with the youth ministry at her college church, Anna grew to love serving in a way she had never expected. She is so excited for this opportunity to continue to pursue ministry with Tennessee Tech and to move back to a smaller town! Anna has many interesting quirks and is known for her spontaneous sound effects and huge laugh!