Welcome to RUF Memphis, RUF has been serving all types of students on the campus of Memphis for the past twenty years. We like to say we are a ministry for the masses. Our aim in RUF is to create a safe place for all students to explore Christianity and grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him in community with others at the UoM. We are here for the “convinced” and the “unconvinced,” the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical and spiritual. We invite you, no matter where you are in the process, to RUF at the University of Memphis.
John was born and raised in what he firmly believes as God’s country, Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from Bryan College, in Dayton Tennessee, in 1996. The year prior to that he spent a summer in Macon, Mississippi at Lake Forest Ranch where he was a camp counselor and got to hang out with students by day and write sappy love notes to the Girl Counselor in Cabin 5 by night. In August of 1997, John convinced Girl Counselor in Cabin 5 to marry him, and Trina, a die hard football fan, who graduated from the University of Alabama that same year, became his bride. John later earned a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, and he was ordained at Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis in 2008, where he served for 7 years. He then served at Lexington Presbyterian Church in Lexington, South Carolina for almost 4 years, and he has currently been serving as Student Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Rome, Georgia. In the spring of 2016, John was called as the RUF Campus Minister to the University of Memphis. John is humbled that after so many years in ministry, he has been given the opportunity to continue living out his dream and passion of hanging out and loving students and teaching them about the crazy, radical, free and unmerited love of Jesus. John and Trina are the exhausted parents of three loud, dirty, silly, amazing boys. They sometimes answer to the names of Charlie (13), Henry (10) and Max (7).
Taylor grew up in Jackson, MS, for most of her younger years and then graduated to Oxford, MS, to attend The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). As a student at Ole Miss, Taylor got involved with RUF as a freshman, and knew early on she wanted to intern with RUF and serve and minister to others in the same way RUF loved and served her. Freshman Bible study and large group provided her a new perspective and conviction of her brokenness and sinful nature and her daily need for her savior, Jesus Christ. She's thrilled about serving as an RUF intern at Wake Forest University, and looks forward to making new friends and living near the mountains! You'll most likely see her on a walk, eating breakfast, or carrying around her camera.