Welcome to RUF at PITT! Here since 2008, we seek to love God, love people, and love PITT. We don't believe you can make this happen on your own, but it happens as you understand and rest in the love God has for you in Jesus. And because we all need to learn this, RUF is a safe place for all kinds of people, for those who are convinced, confused, and for the cynical.

Please join us for Large Group, look into one of our small groups, or contact the staff if you would like to meet to chat.


Large Group

Thursdays at 9 p.m.
Cathedral 324

Small Groups

Contact dbates@ruf.org for more information
Additional Resources

To join our text group, text RUFPITT to 41411


Derek Bates

Derek grew up in rural Virginia, graduated from James Madison University and Covenant Theological Seminary, and is the campus minister of RUF at the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys sports and literature, and can be found in coffee shops all over Oakland.

Luda is a graduate of Saint Louis University, having attained three degrees while studying in three different countries. She speaks a multitude of languages and may well be a spy. She enjoys thinking about gardening more than actually doing it, reading and cooking- particularly for others.

Callie Norris Miller

Callie studied and did research science for nearly 10 years, first at Francis Marion University, then later at the University of Pittsburgh (PITT), where she earned her MS in molecular neuropharmacology. 

It was in Pittsburgh that she fell in love with Christ, and God radically changed her heart and calling through the gospel, His church, and community. There also she met James, a linguistics and German student at PITT, whom she married in the summer of 2014. 

After Callie finished an RUF internship at Penn State, she served as campus staff at Sweet Briar Women’s College in Lynchburg, VA. Callie has been recently called to serve at PITT. 

Callie is delighted by conversation, dimples, and big earrings. She loves discussing how people relate, and she also loves to dance.

Katherine Corliss

Katherine grew up in the great little college town of Lawrence, Kansas before attending Baylor University, to study Speech Language Pathology. In her time at Baylor she joined a sorority, mentored inner-city kids, worked, discovered she loved football, and found a home in the ministry of RUF. Freshman year, Katherine’s life was changed because of her RUF intern. Through that intern and her campus minister she learned that the finished work of Christ meant she could rest and celebrate in the Gospel. After interning for a church in Eugene, Oregon in the summer of 2014, she discovered how her love for people, coffee, and ministry would all serve well as an RUF intern. She is pumped to begin work at the University of Pittsburgh, and is especially excited to speak the truth of the Gospel into the lives of freshman girls. Katherine enjoys running, hiking, baking, camping, drinking coffee, shopping at Target, midcentury modern furniture, and pizza.