As a ministry of Jesus Christ, RUF exists in step with the local church to see the flourishing of life at The University of Alabama through a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ, the breaking down of barriers among campus groups, and grace based community that seeks God together in order to serve the campus and Tuscaloosa for the Glory of God. If you are a student or would like to connect us to a student, reach out to us by email. Roll Tide!!
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Stewart was born in Ohio but grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL, a small suburb 45 minutes outside of Chicago. After graduating from Glenbard West High School Stewart moved to Texas and attended SMU. He was never looking for Jesus or a Campus Ministry until RUF found him at the end of a confusing, fun, and difficult freshman year. Through a long process of ups and downs after his sophomore year Stewart received the good news of the gospel. The life changing message of being able to know God through Jesus began to renovate his whole life and even made him consider entering into vocational ministry. Upon graduation from SMU in 2010 with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Spanish he moved to Winston-Salem, NC to work for RUF at Wake Forest University. These years at Wake made him consider a more permanent calling and so in June of 2012 he moved back to Dallas, TX to begin a Masters in Divinity at Redeemer Seminary. Stewart graduated from Redeemer in May of 2015 and has been the Campus Minister at The University of Alabama since June 2015. Stewart’s passions in ministry are emotional/mental health, Greek ministry, showing that you can be a Christian and be normal and have fun, and connecting with students one-on-one. He loves all sports (especially the NBA), music (especially The Tedeschi Trucks Band), and the Enneagram (look it up!). Stewart’s wife is the former Mary Cannon Spradley from Nashville. She became a Christian in college and was involved in RUF as a student at Ole Miss. She holds her bachelors and masters degrees in Accounting and currently works for PriceWaterhouse Coopers. She is very excited to minister to college girls.
Mary Hannah grew up in Nashville, TN and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College. While in college she found her community in RUF and was involved in RUF leadership and led Bible study. It was during her summer volunteering in Spain, that she felt called to work for RUF. She loves all things blue and white, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and coffee shops. She is excited to minister to students at Alabama and learn what this football obsession is all about.
Born and raised in Birmingham, AL, I grew up knowing that I would one day "roll with the tide"- namely, attend the University of Alabama, which I did. And I am returning for two more years for the RUF internship, HA! Although it seems I don't get out of state lines much, one of my greatest passions is traveling and experiencing new cultures/different expressions of the human experience. I have a strange nostalgia for the places I have never seen. I love leading worship, writing, playing silly games with friends, and reading good books.
I started out at UA on the Nursing track, but quickly realized this was not my passion and changed my area of study to Human Development and Family Studies. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a Christian home and to have found Christ at a young age- which I am so thankful to have had the Holy Spirit while walking through tough times I had during those four years. My first couple years at UA I was involved in a separate college ministry, but I always noticed RUF had something that attracted God's favor. I was attentive to the fact that RUF was attracting students consistently and growing in number. I had multiple friends invite me to Large group and different activities throughout the week which is where I got to see grace, truth and love in action and in real time. The way these people openly confessed their sin and allowed grace to operate the way it was intended to operate made me see Jesus for the relational God that He is.
Joey grew up in Dallas, TX, attending a classical, Christian high school called The Cambridge School of Dallas. He became a Christian in the senior year of his high school career. He followed his brother to The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, becoming a part of RUF as soon as he arrived to campus. He studied English Creative Writing and Philosophy, minoring in Classical Studies. Also while at Arkansas, he joined a fraternity, KA, and worked at Onyx Coffee Lab for over a year. Joey spent the majority of his last two years working on his thesis project, a book of poems and photographs he composed and paired, called "The Stitches Here." His favorite novel is Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, and his favorite collection of poetry is Once in the West by Christian Wiman.