Welcome to RUF at Southern Miss. RUF began at USM in the 1970s. In fact, the ministry that Mark Lowery began in Hattiesburg way back then would spread to over 130 campuses nationwide. 40+ Years later God is still at work on this campus through RUF Bible studies and fellowship opportunities week after week.
Ben grew up in North Louisiana but moved to Mississippi for college at 18. After marrying a Mississippi girl (Marianna) and now spending almost half of his life in the Magnolia State, he is proud to call it home. Ben and Marianna both attended Ole Miss but met later in Jackson, while Ben was a student at Reformed Theological Seminary. They have been married since May 10, 2008, the same week that they moved to Hattiesburg to serve with RUF. They have two boys, Benji (2011) and Henry (2013). The Shaws love living in Hattiesburg and spending time with USM students.