All students are welcome to RUF at UTC, regardless of personal or religious background. We welcome the "convinced" and "unconvinced" and invite all students, no matter where they are, to RUF as we consider the truth claims of Christianity together.
We want RUF to be a place where a student can come with questions, find fellowship with others, worship God, serve others, and grow in their knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His work on their behalf.
John Mark was born and raised in Northeast Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi where he studied History and English. Two years after graduation, he moved to seminary in St. Louis, MO to study at Covenant Theological Seminary. There he met and married Caroline Lamberth, who was also attending Covenant. Both earned graduate degrees and moved to Chattanooga to partner in campus minister for RUF at UTC.
The Scruggs have three fun and busy children - Mary Margaret, Jack, and Sam. John Mark enjoys long dinners, family walks, impromptu dance parties with his kids, reading, exploring bookstores, and meeting others at coffee shops in Chattanooga.
Nicole grew up in Oxford, MS and stuck around to attend Ole Miss, graduating in 2015. She majored in Business Management but experienced frequent crises of whether or not to change her major to something she actually liked; she did not because she is lazy. While at Ole Miss, she became involved in RUF. It was through this involvement that she developed a deeper understanding of the absolute sinfulness of her heart and the beautiful grace of God. Because of the way she felt so loved by her peers, interns, campus minister, and God, she decided to continue her journey with RUF.
Nathan was born and bred in the great city and state of Houston, Texas. Living in Houston, he grew up loving food from around the world, live music, watching the Houston Astros, exploring the city of Houston, and of course eating Whataburger. Nathan loved Houston so much he stayed in his home town to attend the University of Houston where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Religious Studies.
During his time at UH, Nathan became involved with RUF his freshman year. He learned from his campus minister how much he sucks yet how much more gracious God is to him. Seeing Christ do amazing things in his own life and in the lives of other students through RUF, Nathan felt the call to full-time ministry. Because of the huge impact RUF had in his walk with the Lord, Nathan wanted to begin his vocation with the RUF internship. He is beyond excited to serve the Lord at the University of Nebraska and to continue seeing Christ work in the lives of college students.
In his spare time, you can find Nathan playing racquetball, watching O Brother Where art Thou, hiking, camping, playing Resistance or Puno, cooking, concert going, and picking the banjo.