Welcome to RUF at the University of Arizona! Bear down!
RUF is a community of students seeking to learn and grow in our relationships with God the Father by His grace through Jesus. We also seek to grow in friendship with other students to help us through our time at U of A and life after graduation!
Fall 2018 is our first official Fall as a registered student group. We'll be hosting Bible Studies, tabling on the Mall, having parties and game nights, and going on retreats and to regional RUF conferences.
Any of our staff team would love to buy you lunch or a coffee to get to know you.
Dan Smith is the campus minister for RUF at the U of A. Dan grew up in North East Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in Letters from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. He served as the university ministry director (Second Wind Ministries) at First Presbyterian Church in Norman, OK for 3 years. In August 2008, Dan married Brittany 2 weeks before moving to St. Louis, MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. He graduated from Covenant with his Masters of Divinity in May 2012 and began working with RUF at the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College in June of 2012. Dan was ordained as a Teaching Elder (Pastor) in the Presbyterian Church in America in October of 2012. The Smiths moved to Tucson in August 2017 to start the RUF at the U of A! They are so excited to be here. Bear down!
Dan and Brittany have two kids -- Jonah and Penelope.
Brittany Smith grew up in Mesquite, TX. She attended the University of Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in English. After being involved in RUF at UT, she worked for two years as an intern with RUF at the University of Oklahoma. She married Dan on the way to Covenant Seminary, where they attended together. She received her Masters of Educational Ministries from Covenant in 2011. Brittany loves college students, teaching the Bible, and the ministry of RUF and feels so fortunate to have been a part of serving God’s kingdom in this way. Now settled in Tucson, Brittany enjoys the desert wildlife, playing board games on the patio and reading books to her kids.
Erin Fitzpatrick is the campus intern for the University of Arizona! Erin is from Chapin, South Carolina. She graduated from Wofford College with a degree in Economics and minors in Math and Religion in May 2018. Erin loved her experience with Ruf at Wofford and is excited to be apart of Ruf at the U of A. Moving to Arizona is her first experience living outside of South Carolina.