UGA students from every kind of background have found RUF to be a place of rest amidst the pressure of college life, rich growth in their relationship with God and friends, and a place where lives and struggles are shared together in honest community.
RUF is a community that meets you where you are ("convinced" or "unconvinced", lost or found, burned out or fired up) but doesn't leave you stuck there because God is one who meets us where we are but never leaves us stuck there. So come as you are to explore Christianity and grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him alongside others at UGA.
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 165 Pulaski Street
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday nights throughout the semester
Contact Ben for more information
Fridays from 11-1 p.m.
Bulldawg Cafe section of Tate
I'm from Marietta, GA. I went to college at the University of Georgia and lived in Athens, GA, for 10 years. During that time God opened my eyes and brought me to life. It was also during these Athens years that I attended grad school, served as an RUF intern, and began an "awkward friendship" with my future wife, Anna. After working with RUF as an intern for three years, I moved to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in counseling. A highlight of my time in Philly was getting to minister to students at the University of Pennsylvania... and also reconnecting with that previously mentioned "future wife" who was working in youth ministry in Colorado! Anna and I were married in 2012, welcomed our energetic little boy Eli into the family in 2014, our resident drama queen Addie in 2015, and our chill Noah in 2017. We spent some of the best 5 years of our lives in gorgeous Las Cruces, NM serving the incredible students at New Mexico State University RUF. Unexpectedly and quite to our surprise, God called us back to Athens in late 2017 to lead this great ministry. We're eager to see the great things our God will do in this new season of ministry.
I'd love to grab a meal or coffee with you one day and get to know you better. You can reach me at 706-372-4627, Ben.Coppedge@ruf.org, or on Facebook. Anna would also love to get to know and meet up with you ladies. If you want to hang out, you can reach her at 706-338-9721, Akcounts@gmail.com, or on Facebook.
Madeline is from Louisville, MS and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Educational Psychology. After hearing about RUF from her friends and family Madeline quickly became involved her freshman year, and throughout her four years at MSU's RUF learned more about God's love and grace and the beauty of the gospel. Madeline enjoys hanging out with friends, watching the Office, playing volleyball, drinking coffee, and trying new foods. She is very excited about her next two years at the University of Georgia, and can't wait to get to know the students. Go Dawgs!
Joel was raised mostly in the south-east in a large ministry family. He graduated from UGA in 2015, and promptly married his wonderful wife, Maddie. Together they enjoy anything that gets them outdoors, meeting new people, eating good food, having people in our home, attending concerts, cheering on the Dawgs (next year is our year, every year...) and being involved in the UGA and Athens community.
On any given day you can find Joel riding his bike around Athens, relaxing in his favorite spots on campus, drinking coffee around 5 Points, at home doing administrative work on his computer looking longingly out of his window, or playing random sports with random people.
Ask Joel for restaurant, music, and exercise recommendations; and then when he won't stop talking, just tell him to stop. He looks forward to meeting you!