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).
Kathryn grew up in Memphis, TN and attended Washington & Lee University. After graduation, she worked for 2 years with RUF as an intern at Emory University. At the end of the internship, Kathryn married Matt, and they moved to Charlotte, NC for Matt to attend seminary. After their time in seminary, Kathryn worked for 2 years with RUF as part-time staff at Appalachian State University. She and Matt now live in Knoxville, TN, with their children Zoe Kate and Reid, where Matt is the RUF Campus Minister and Kathryn again is serving as part-time staff at the University of Tennessee.
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.