Welcome to RUF at UNCW! RUF exists in partnership with the local church to give students a place to grow in their faith, search for answers, and find community. Come visit large group, explore our weekly community groups, or follow us on social media to learn about our social events. We would love for you to join us, and we look forward to getting to know you! If you are a student or would like to connect us to a student, please reach out to us by email.
Join a Community Group! Text Lucy (859.553.1615) Brad (304.240.1213) to get involved!
Sam was born in central New York but his family moved to Wilmington, NC just before his freshman year at Hoggard High School. He first came to faith in Christ through the ministry of Young Life, and he spent his undergraduate years at UNC-Chapel as a volunteer Young Life leader (when he wasn’t studying Spanish or playing frisbee golf). After graduating from UNC in 2005, Sam went to work on the Young Life staff, back at his old high school in Wilmington. Through the counsel of a good friend and mentor, Sam began to pursue a seminary degree at Reformed Theological Seminary, and eventually joined the staff of Christ Community Church in Wilmington. At CCC, Sam worked as the worship direct and college minister, and grew in his love for preaching, teaching, and admiring the beauty of God with students. Starting in June of 2019 Sam became the new Campus Minister at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He loves the Seahawks and has grown to love everything about the UNCW campus-- from the skateboard racks at the dining hall, to the way that flip-flops are considered appropriate attire at the most formal campus events. Sam’s other favorite things are playing guitar, surfing, and sampling the wares of Wilmington’s many coffeeshops.
Sam and his wife, the fabulous Shaunna Kennedy, were married in 2009 in a sunny cove outside Asheville, NC. When she is not working as a pre-school teacher at St. John’s church or wrangling the kids, Shaunna loves baking and exercising her gifts of hospitality. She is also totally down for having people drop in to their home when she least expects it. They have two children, Gus and Hattie, who love UNCW students, and count Sammy the Seahawk as a close personal friend and role model. The Kennedys are excited to be serving with RUF at UNCW!
Lucy grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and went to the University of Kentucky. She studied Secondary Social Studies Education and History. Lucy is excited to marry and work alongside of her husband and co-intern, Brad Myers. She cannot wait to live at the beach and get to know UNCW students!!
Brad grew up in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in music education, focusing on trombone. He is excited to move to North Carolina and live near the beach. Brad enjoys music, art, reading, sports, cooking, and board games. RUF was a huge means of grace to him at Kentucky and he is excited and thankful to be a part of that continued ministry at UNCW!