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!


Large Group {Spring series on Relationships}

Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Farrah Hall Room 120

Co-Ed Freshman Bible Study

Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

the Ferg

Senior Guys Bible Study

Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

701 22nd Avenue, Suite 1 Tuscaloosa, AL

Senior Girls Bible Study

Mondays at 7 p.m.

4 The Highlands Tuscaloosa, AL

All Grade Community Groups (Reach & Equip and “Fives”)

Contact Stewart for more details

Additional Resources

If you are a student and want to connect, we would love to meet you and make it as easy as possible on you. The best way to do so is to email or to come to one of the above times.

Text @rufbama to 81010 to be on our mailing list and check our social media for more information.

Listen to our podcast! Older sermons available here

Interested in what we listen to? Check out the RUF Bama Set List and Indelible Grace

Dating Article by RUF Midsouth Coordinator, Les Newsom

Who is Jesus?

How can I know God?

Check out videos and sermon audio on our YouTube Channel.

Stewart Swain

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 decided to chase his dreams of one day living in a warmer and more football-saturated climate by moving to Texas. SMU (Southern Methodist University) in Dallas provided this warmer climate but still left a lot to be desired on the football field. Much more importantly he became a Christian at SMU through the ministry of RUF. 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 towards vocational ministry 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 is beyond excited to be the Campus Minister at The University of Alabama. 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 Gentry

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.

Joey Jekel

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.

Corey Savage