Welcome to the RUF at UT Knoxville profile page! RUF is a community of students that is trying to learn how to love God, love people, and love the University of Tennessee. The way that we do that is to create safe places (large groups, small groups, one-on-ones) for students of all types and backgrounds to PROCESS the story of Jesus and to learn how to INTEGRATE their lives into His story.
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Matt is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He grew up in Dallas, TX and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2003 where he studied Philosophy and Communication. After graduation, Matt served as an intern with RUF at Louisiana State University for two years where he developed a heart for college students (and Cajun food). It was during his internship that he met and married the RUF intern at Emory University, Kathryn, who hails from Memphis, TN and studied Religious Studies at Washington and Lee. Matt served as the RUF campus minister at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC for 4 years before moving to Knoxville. Matt and Kathryn have 2 wonderful children - Zoe Kate (born Sept of 2010) and Reid (born Dec of 2012).
After growing up in Memphis, TN, Kathryn attended Washington & Lee University. There she studied Religion, got involved with RUF, and tried to learn how to play the guitar and become outdoorsy (both unsuccessfully). After college, she interned with RUF at Emory University in Atlanta. During her internship, she met and dated and married the RUF intern at LSU (Matt!). They moved to Charlotte, where Matt attended RTS and Kathryn worked for Bank of America. When Matt was called to be the Campus Minister at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Kathryn also returned to vocational ministry with RUF there. They've been married since 2006 and together created 2 crazy yet cute kids, Zoe Kate and Reid.
Ellie grew up in Fort Worth, TX and completed her undergrad at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There she majored in Psychology and minored in Religion in Film Studies. You can usually find her watching movies, walking in the woods, drinking tea, or with friends at chipotle. RUF made Wake Forest feel like home during her 4 years there and she is thrilled to serve UTK's campus.