Life is lived in relationships. We are in relationships with our parents, our roommates, our siblings, our lab partners, our significant others, our professors, our church-mates, the folks who work at the grocery store, and so many other people. And wether we realize it or not, we are in relationship with God.
This semester we will be exploring the true reality that God has made us for relationships. Why is it important? What does it look like? Why is it often so difficult? Join us as we study the Bible and seek to grow in relationship with God, each other, and those in and around our campus.
No matter where you are in processing Christianity and the Truth Claims of Christ, you are welcome to come be with us as we seek to love God, love people, and love the campus.
Dan Smith is the campus minister for RUF at both the University of Texas at Tyler (UTT) and Tyler Junior College (TJC). A native East Texan, Dan was born in Tyler and grew up in Longview, TX. He received his undergraduate degree in Letters from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. He served as the university ministry director (Second Wind Ministries) at First Presbyterian Church in Norman, OK for 3 years. In August 2008, Dan married Brittany 2 weeks before moving to St. Louis, MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. He graduated from Covenant with his Masters of Divinity in May 2012 and began working with RUF Tyler in June of 2012. Dan was ordained as a Teaching Elder (Pastor) in the Presbyterian Church in America in October of 2012.
Brittany Smith, a native of Mesquite, TX graduated with her BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. In God's humorous providence, he sent her to the heathen lands of Oklahoma to be the RUF intern at the University of Oklahoma. After marrying Dan, she studied at Covenant Seminary and received her MA in Educational Ministries in 2011.
Dan and Brittany have one son, Jonah who was born in the Fall of 2011. They also have a daughter, Penelope who was born Fall 2013.