As a Christian ministry at UT, we strive to reach students with the good news of Jesus and to equip our students to serve others. RUF stands for Reformed University Fellowship and is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America.

Jesus said that he did not come to save the righteous, but sinners. At RUF, we do not wish to pretend to have it all together. We are people in need of grace. Consequently, all are welcome to be part of our group, regardless of personal or religious background. RUF exists for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced," the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical, or spiritual. If this sounds interesting to you, please contact us. We would love to get to know you!


Large Group

Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Texas Women Federation Building

Summer Conference

May 14-18

Panama City Beach, FL

Registration: contact John if you're interested in coming!

Freshman Girls Bible Study

Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

Hardin House

Please contact John or Mary Carlisle if you would like to join any of the Bible studies and they will connect you to the leader

Freshman Guys Group


Contact John if you're interested

Sophomore Girls Bible Study

Fridays at 10 a.m.

2400 Nueces room 722

Campus Co-Ed

Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

Carothers in the Joynes reading room

Junior Girls Study

Wednesdays at 7:45 a.m.

Einsteins Bros Bagels on Guadalupe

RUF Prayer

Mondays at 11 a.m.


Contact John if you're interested

Senior Bible Study

Contact John if you're interested

John Trapp

John Trapp grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama and attended Vanderbilt University where he met his wife Chrissy, an Austin, TX native. Prior to serving with RUF, John worked as a youth pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian church in Houston, TX for 6 years. During that time Chrissy earned her Masters in Christian Counseling from Houston Baptist University. John has a Masters of Divinity from Redeemer Theological Seminary. The Trapps have four children: Owen, Lucy, Georgia, and Betsy. Some common family activities include playing and watching baseball games, reading, dancing, golfing, and eating Chickfila.

Mary Carlisle Crehore

Mary Carlisle is from Charlotte, NC and graduated from Vanderbilt University ('16) with a degree in Secondary Education and History. RUF was such an important part of her Vanderbilt experience that she caught the campus ministry bug and realized that she wanted to join the RUF family as an intern. Apart from campus ministry, some of Mary Carlisle passions are all things history-related, spending time outdoors, walking, running, cooking and eating with friends. Mary Carlisle also loves to sail, a hobby that has been fostered by many summers at Camp Seafarer.