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 grew up in Tupelo, MS. After graduating from Ole Miss, he moved to St. Louis, MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. There he met Caroline Lamberth, who was also attending Covenant. After graduating John Mark and Caroline moved to Chattanooga at the end of May to work for RUF at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. John Mark and Caroline have one daughter.
Caroline was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and attended Texas A&M University. After graduating from college, Caroline moved back to Dallas and worked on staff with the student ministries at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. In 2009, she moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Theological Seminary, and there met John Mark. They both graduated in 2013, and moved to Chattanooga to begin working with RUF at UTC. They have two great kids- Mary Margaret and Jack.
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.
Jacob was born and spent all of his childhood years in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a child Jacob enjoyed playing soccer, watching all types of sports, and hanging with his friends and family. After high school, he attended Georgia Southern University and graduated with a degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. He got involved with RUF during his time at Georgia Southern and it was a place where he felt like he could be his true self and still be shown love by those around him. These days, Jacob enjoys playing and watching pretty much any sport, watching movies with friends, geeking out over professional wrestling, and hanging with his wife, Sarah Beth.