RUF at Houston is a community of students seeking to learn how to love God and love each other. We are reaching out to UH students with the good news of Jesus Christ and equipping UH students to love and serve him, our neighbors, and our world.
Blake is a native of Houston and graduated from the University of Texas (2003) where he met his wife, Ryan. Upon graduation he moved back to Houston and was a youth pastor for two years before moving back to Austin again for graduate school. In 2007 Blake and Ryan moved back to Houston to serve briefly on staff at Christ the King Presbyterian Church before moving up to Boston to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where Blake earned a Masters in Divinity (2011). Upon graduation Blake and Ryan made their final move back to Houston to start the RUF ministry and serve as the Campus Minister with RUF at the University of Houston from 2012-2018. Blake and Ryan have three children, Jacks (born in 2007), Paden (born in 2009), and Mazie (born in 2011).
Isaiah Sohn was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Following a short gig in Kansas, his parents moved the family to Dallas, Texas, where he spent his childhood as the middle child of an older brother and a younger sister. High school was spent in Northern Virginia where he was accepted into Virginia Tech in 2011 to pursue a Chemistry major. After a semester in the Corps of Cadets, he took a break from school before coming back and falling in love with English Literature as a major. Isaiah bounced around several campus ministries before finding RUF in his Junior Year. He was attracted to the strong community and the strong balance of truth and grace that was constantly preached and sung. After graduating in December 2016, he is excited to go to the University of Houston, where he will re-enter the Texas lifestyle and enjoy the glory of Texas BBQ.