RUF at UCLA is a place to come hear about what God has done. We get together to study the Bible because we believe it’s relevant to all of life, and it’s how we come to know Jesus personally. Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, we welcome you to explore who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him.
For more info on our ministry, and how to get involved, please visit our website at bruinruf.org or email email@example.com
Before becoming the campus minister at UCLA, Matt was the Youth Pastor at the St. Louis Chinese Gospel Church for three years. During that time he also attended Covenant Theological Seminary where he received his Masters in Divinity. Before that he was the RUF intern at The University of South Carolina. He once studied Improv comedy in Chicago, but realized he enjoyed ministering to students more. Matt is here to serve the students of UCLA and would love to meet up with you.
Born and raised in Southern California, Braden wanted a change of scenery and moved to New York City to study at Baruch College. During his time in New York he found RUF through Redeemer Presbyterian Church. After graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism he wanted to pursue a career that had an impact on those he interacted with on a daily basis, and decided to pursue becoming an RUF intern. Braden enjoys watching and talking sports, playing beach volleyball and finding new places to eat. He is excited to serve the students at UCLA and is always willing to grab a cup of coffee and catch up.
I grew up in Sanford, FL, and it was pretty fun sharing a name with my hometown. I was really involved in high school, especially in band and sports. When I went off to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, I knew I wanted to be involved in a campus ministry. I was familiar with a few, but had never heard of RUF. Through the invite of a roommate, I found this ministry and a home for the next four years. I saw the Gospel truly transform the attitudes and actions of RUF’s leadership and students, and it was through experiencing and learning how to pursue people for Christ there that my heart was first stirred toward vocational ministry. I began to consider the RUF internship, but after graduating with a degree in English Literature, I decided to pursue a career in the writing field and worked as a magazine editor for a year. However, God moved in big ways and in His perfect timing to now lead me into full-time ministry and specifically the RUF internship. I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’m so excited to invest in UCLA students and point them toward the sweetness and power of Christ.
I really love both big cities and the outdoors, especially hiking, so California is right up my alley! From day to day, I spend most of my down time going for a run, reading, watching a show or spending time with good friends. That last one sometimes includes singing sessions together (particularly worship songs or the Greatest Showman soundtrack).