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.
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.