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 ('08) and Covenant Theological Seminary ('15). 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 walks/runs around Charlottesville, having picnics on the Lawn, and enjoying delicious meals with friends.
Cody is from Nashville, TN and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2015. He's thrilled to be joining RUF at UVa where his wife, Madison, has worked for the past year. Cody enjoys basketball, running, and anything outdoors, one reason he has loved living near the mountains in Cville. He looks forward to getting to know students and hanging out more around Grounds.
Madison is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (’15) in Nashville, Tennessee, where she has lived all of her life. Madison recently married Cody Fisher, another Vanderbilt grad! Cody and Madison are thrilled about life in Charlottesville and having easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Madison's favorite activities involve being outside, particularly playing pickup sports, going on a run, and backpacking whenever she is able. She also loves board games and animated movies. Madison can't wait to make relationships with students at UVA!
Meg is from Wilmington, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education and Graphic Arts. RUF played an important role in her years of undergrad by keeping her grounded and reminding her daily of Jesus's love and the community we have through Christ! Meg enjoys spending time in the sunshine, picking flowers, and adding to her coffee mug collection. She cannot wait to spend time with UVa students and explore the beauty of Cville!