RUF International is a ministry that seeks to welcome (biblical hospitality) students and scholars from all nations in order to build relationships that will lead to exploring the gospel (evangelism) and equipping (discipleship) Christian international students to return home and live out their callings under the Lordship of Christ. We do this through formal and informal hospitality events, investigative bible studies, one-on-one evangelism, group discipleship, and one-on-one discipleship.

 
MEET OUR TEAM
Jason Pickard
Minister
EMAIL
jason.pickard@ruf.org
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Jason is a native Texan and an Aggie and he is very excited that the Lord has called him back to Aggieland to minister to international students with RUF-I. He met is beautiful wife Sarah while working in Houston before attending Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Sarah and Jason spent five years in Philadelphia while Jason completed his Master of Divinity degree and served for as a pastoral assistant for their PCA church. Sarah and Jason have three children: Natalie, John, and Annabelle. 

Jason also enjoys exercise and playing tennis. He loves to read history and to learn about new cultures and languages. He also greatly enjoys trips to the swimming pool with Natalie and John (and next summer Annabelle too!).

Rachel Vining
Intern
EMAIL
rachel.vining@ruf.org
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Rachel Vining is a recent graduate of Carson-Newman University. Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains nothing brings more joy to her life than freshly picked apples and the smell of evergreens. Having studied Spanish and Peruvian culture she enjoys learning about cultural differences and finding a common ground to meet people equally. She is always up for an adventure and likes helping people reach an end goal by working together!