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.
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. War Eagle! I enjoy crafting, any type of music, and cooking. RUF was a huge part of my life in college, and a constant reminder that I continually need God's grace. I am so excited that my RUF journey gets to continue at UTC!