Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is a Christian campus fellowship at the University of Maryland committed to helping students know God and grow in their love of others. Whether you have grown up in the church or just curious about what Christians believe...we welcome you and would love to have you join in with us. There's a bunch of great people to meet and many opportunities to learn and dialogue about the Christian faith including: Large and small group Bible studies, service and mission trips, conferences and tons of fun social activities. So, whether you are convinced or unconvinced, burned-out, bored, or skeptical, we welcome you to join us as we learn about the truth and grace of Jesus Christ.
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Chris is in his 11th year as RUF Campus Minister at the University of Maryland. Chris grew up in the Baltimore area and graduated from Randallstown High where he was greatly impacted by the ministry of Young Life and his church youth ministry. After community college he finished his Civil Engineering degree from Geneva College. After working in transportation engineering for several years he began sensing God's call to go to seminary and study the Bible and theology. This call took him to Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Upon finishing his degree there, Chris taught Bible and coached baseball at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. After recieving a call into church youth ministry Chris left St. Louis for the wind and plains of Oklahoma where he was the youth pastor at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City (1998-2006). Chris loves to play the guitar, read theology, watch and play sports, ski, hang out with students, disc uss the big questions of life, take major road trips, camp and eat crabs. Childhood dream? Pitching for the Baltimore Orioles.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact Chris by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at (301)-448-9047.
Mississippi born, Drew was raised in both Missouri and Alabama only to return to Jackson, Mississippi to pursue a degree in fine art from Belhaven University. Drew Dempsey grew up in a home where Christ was known and pursued on a daily basis, which has formed, in Drew, a desire to pursue college students on the campus at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2016. To pass the time Drew enjoys video games, rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, spontaneous outings, taking photographs of almost anything, attempting to not be stressed, making art, graphic design, and long boarding. Drew considers an internship with RUF as a next step in his post-graduate life and is very excited to see what God does in the hearts of students in the year 2016.
Emily Marsteller grew up in Washington, DC and became a believer through RUF at Davidson College, where she double majored in English and Political Science. She's a dog lover and a major Shakespeare fan with a passion for creative writing. After the internship, Emily plans to go to law school to become a sex crimes prosecutor. She's so excited to be back in the DC area and get to know the students in RUF at UMD!