Welcome to RUF at the University of Virginia! We are a community of students on Grounds seeking to learn how to love God, how to love one another, and how to love this world. And yet, we are bound by the, even greater, conviction that God actually love us, that God loves our neighbors, and that God loves this world.
We believe He has revealed this to us in Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God's love, and that through knowing and communing with Him, we have access to that love as well. In light of this, we gather together in Large Groups, Small Groups, and one-on-ones in the hope that we will encounter and be increasingly changed by this love.
Robert Cunningham is a native of Macon, GA and a graduate of Auburn University and Covenant Theological Seminary. While a student at Auburn, Robert met his wife Katherine, who graduated a year before him due to his changing majors 5 times. Prior to serving as the RUF Campus Minister at UVa, Robert and Katherine spent just over four years in college ministry (one abroad and the rest at their alma mater), three years in St. Louis where Robert worked for the Francis Schaeffer Institute, and a brief time here in Charlottesville where Robert served at Trinity Presbyterian Church as a Pastoral Resident.
Robert, Katherine, and their two kids are thrilled to be serving with RUF at UVa! In their free time, the Cunninghams enjoy going on walks/runs around Charlottesville, exploring Grounds with their kids, and enjoying delicious meals with friends.
Madison grew up in Nashville, TN and attended Vanderbilt University, where she majored in English Literature and minored in Religious Studies. Madison was deeply shaped by RUF at Vanderbilt, and she became the RUF intern at the University of Virginia right after graduation (2015-2017). Her husband, Cody Fisher, also attended Vanderbilt with her and completed an RUF internship at UVA. Madison and Cody welcomed their son, Ford, into the world in the Fall of 2018. In Summer of 2019, Madison jumped back into UVA RUF in the Campus Staff role. She is also in the process of earning her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Wake Forest University. She is especially interested in Family Counseling.
Madison is excited to get back on grounds and do ministry alongside UVA students. When she is not studying, you can find Madison hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family or playing soccer in Charlottesville.
Originally from northern Virginia (or, "nova"), Kyle moved down to Charlottesville back in 2008 to attend UVA ... and then just never left. After graduation he did the Fellows Program at Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he grew in faith, developed a deep love for ministry and the church, and met Elizabeth, whom he now gets to call his wife. They were married in Fall 2004 and now have two children together, Avalene Anne (born June 2016) and Kerrigan Michael (born January 2019). Kyle is in working towards his MDiv at RTS and is set to graduate in May 2020. Last year, Robert asked him to come on board as part-time staff with RUF @ UVA (even though Kyle did Chi Alpha as a student ...). It's been a deeply wonderful experience. He's excited to serve with the team again this year. Kyle enjoys brooding literature, breakfast dives, traveling with his wife, and Crossfit.
Cole was raised in Nashville, Tennessee and quickly developed a love for the outdoors and sports at a young age. He went one state south for college, to the University of Alabama where he majored in Management Informations Systems and began painting in his free time. Putting computer science, art, and a global wanderlust aside, Cole followed a decisive tug to work for RUF at UVA and is enjoying his work with UVA students in his new Virginian home.
Weldon was born and raised in Memphis, TN before attending the University of Tennessee. In Knoxville, she studied Kinesiology and Business. Before stepping into more school after graduating in May of 2019, Weldon knew she wanted to assume a relational role within RUF since this ministry shaped her in so many ways at UT. The Lord was gracious to pave the way to UVA. In Charlottesville, she is excited to connect with 1st Year students, plan ministry events, and brush up on her knowledge of Thomas Jefferson along the way.