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 | Jesus Has the Last Word: The Book of Revelation

Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Biology Building Room 127

Prayer, News, and Coffee

Fridays from 11am - 12pm

at the tables outside Ferg Starbucks

Weekly meeting to pray for the world, the campus, and ourselves.

International Student Dinner Bible Study

Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM

the Ferg

Contact Holland Cox if interested 910-391-2258

Winter Conference

February 22 - 24

Sharptop Cove

Spring Break Mission Trip

St. Louis

Contact Stewart or Mary Hannah for details

Co-Ed Freshman Bible Study

Tuesdays from 4-5pm 

Ferguson Student Center Room 2200D

New people can always join. It's okay if you miss a week!

Sophomore Girls Bible Study

Tuesdays at 5:30 PM


Led by Audrey Vermilyea.

New people can always join. It's okay if you miss a week!

Sophomore and Junior Guys Bible Study

Wednesdays at 8:30am


Led by Chris Ammen and Paul Vermilyea.

New people can always join. It's okay if you miss a week!

Junior Girls Bible Study

Tuesdays from 7 - 8 AM


New people can always join. It's okay if you miss a week!

Senior and Graduate Girls Bible Study

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Rotating location.

Led by Becky Brewbaker and Lori Shamblin.

New people can always join. It's okay if you miss a week!

Senior Guys Bible Study

Thursdays at 5:30 PM

at Loosa Brews

Led by Clay Staggs and Jon James.

New people can always join. It's okay if you miss a week!

Reach and Equip

8 - 9:30pm

January 14, 28 | Feb. 11, 25 | March 18, 1 | April 1, 15 |

Stewart and Mary Cannon's house

Additional Resources

Sign Up for Winter Conference -- Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24!

Learn more about RUF Bama Spring Weekly Bible Studies.


Students involved in RUF are connected to a few main churches, feel free to check them out. They are:

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Riverwood Presbyterian Church
Plum Grove Baptist Church
Capstone Church
SafeHaven Church

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 former 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.

Corey Savage

Rev. Corey Savage is a native of Fayette, Alabama. He is a 2009 graduate of Auburn University where he earned a bachelors in Social Work and is currently a licensed social worker in the state of Alabama.

Rev. Savage received his call and license to preach in 2016. He received his ordination and confirmation in 2017. He is currently serving as Youth Pastor and Associate Minister at Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, AL. Along with his ministry work, Rev. Savage is the director of the Dare to Be King Summer Program that empowers young men grades 4-9 to become kings of their community, school, and homes. He is also a former high school football coach and current Alabama High School Athletic Association softball and basketball official.

Rev. Savage is currently married to the love of his life, Coretta Savage and they share three beautiful children, Ayla (5), Carter (4), and Brenna (3).

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.