RUF at Houston is a community of students seeking to learn how to love God and love our neighbors. We believe in reaching out to UH with the good news of the risen Jesus and equipping UH to love and serve him, our neighbors, and our world.
An original Houstonian, Blake is back in his hometown. Before becoming the Campus Minister at University of Houston Blake attended the University of Texas at Austin where he met his future wife. Following undergrad Blake worked for two years for a local church in Houston in junior and senior high student ministry. Blake then returned to the University of Texas a second time to complete a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies in order to learn Arabic. Sensing a call to ministry, Blake left the prospect of federal law enforcement and moved to Boston, MA where he received his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
In 2005 Blake finally convinced Ryan Plank to marry him, after a week of asking, and they now have three incredible children, Jacks, Paden, and Mazie.
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.