RUF Tyler is a Christian fellowship serving the students of UT Tyler and TJC. We welcome both the convinced and the skeptical, the committed and the seeking. We long to be a community where all can come to be refreshed and renewed by the gospel of Jesus as we learn to love God, love others, and love our campus.


Freshman Co-Ed Bible Study

Mondays at 4 p.m.

O-Hall Room 4108

Freshman Girls Bible Study

Thursday at 7 p.m.

O-Hall Room 5107

Upperclassmen Guys Bible Study

Thursdays at 3 p.m.


Upperclassmen Girls Bible Study

Tuesdays at 8 p.m.


JB Wilbanks

JB Wilbanks began serving as the Campus Minister for RUF Tyler the Fall of 2017. JB was born and raised in Linden, a small town in North East Texas. JB's wife, Allison, is actually a Tyler native. JB and Allison both attended Texas A&M for college, where they met in their church's college ministry during their Sophomore year. JB graduated with a degree in Psychology and Allison in Biomedical Science in 2007. They were married that summer and moved to Dallas, where JB began attending Dallas Theological Seminary. A year later Allison began her graduate work at UNT Health Science Center to become a Physician Assistant.

During seminary the Lord led JB and Allison to find a church home in the Presbyterian Church in America. In the summer of 2013 they began to discern a possible calling to college ministry, and attended RUF assessment in the summer of 2014. Since that time, JB has been ministering to students at UT Arlington as Assistant Pastor at Christ Church Mansfield until he received the call to RUF Tyler.

JB and Allison have two children: a smart and spunky little girl, Lillian, born in April 2015; and a sweet ginger-headed boy, John Lewis, born in February 2017.

JB and Allison love East Texas, both for its beauty and its people, and love to watch God at work in the hearts of students at UT Tyler and TJC.

Jay Dent

Jay graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a bachelor's degree in English. Jay was raised in both Tyler and San Antonio, and is eager to serve his alma mater, RUF Tyler.