Welcome to RUF in Santa Barbara! We hope you feel vitally connected to this work. We gather each week in view of our flaws, to be drawn in more often and deeply into the re-creative love of the gospel, with the hope of saturating our campuses with that same love. Please know that God is at work among our community.

Johnathan Keenan

Johnathan Keenan is originally from Hereford, TX which is known as the Beef Capitol of the World. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2001. After graduation, Johnathan moved to Inverness, Scotland where he served as a youth minister for 3.5 years. In 2010, Johnathan graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary (M.DIV.) and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland for some post-graduate studies (Th.M.). 

Johnathan met his wife Morgan while serving as the RUF Campus Minister at the University of Memphis from 2011-2016. They have two sons, Branson (2 yrs) and Cooper (6 mos). Johnathan and Morgan are excited to be in California serving the students at UC-Santa Barbara.

Weston Freels

Born in Michigan, raised in Arizona, educated in SoCal, and trained in Kenya, Weston has been a student of RUF since 2010 prior to interning with them. Having studied undergrad at UC Santa Barbara, Weston has a special knowledge of student life at UCSB; he knows the culture, the hang-outs, and the temptations unique to life in "the Barb." Weston has a passion for seeing students come to, and mature in Christ, and loves incorporating adventures into his campus ministry, taking students hiking, biking, and rock-climbing around the Santa Barbara area.