RUF is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. Although Presbyterian in creed, don't think that RUF is only for Presbyterians. RUF exists for all sorts of Hokies. To put it another way, our mission as a campus ministry is both for non-Christians to be presented with the historic person and work of Christ, as well as for Christians to grow in Christ.
At the heart of RUF’s ministry to both groups of students is the life-changing message of the Gospel, as it’s revealed in the pages of the Bible. We believe that this Gospel makes us new people through Jesus, for through it God brings new life to those who are dead in sin, and therefore, separated from God.
When this Gospel takes root in Christians’ hearts through the ministry the Word, prayer, and worship, their personal encounter with the Lord will bear fruit in four areas:
Growth in Grace: Growing in holiness, with dependence on the Holy Spirit to bring change within one’s heart.
Evangelism and Missions: Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the university community and the world.
Fellowship and Service: Living the reality that when Christians are united to Christ, they are also united to one another.
Biblical World and Lifeview: Subjecting all of life to the authority of God and His Word.
Andy Wood has been the VTRUF Campus Minister since 2011. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a business degree in 1999. From there, he went straight into ministry. He was a youth pastor for five years in Richmond, VA before heading to St. Louis for seminary at Covenant Theological Seminary. In December 2007, after graduating, he moved to Raleigh, NC to be an Associate Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
Andy married Amy, a graduate of Texas Christian University, in August of 2003. They have 4 energetic children, Josiah, and Cooper, Sadie Jane, and Benji. They love spending time outdoors, running, reading, being with friends, and rooting for the Hokies and the St. Louis Cardinals. Andy also enjoys bluegrass and playing the guitar and mandolin, and hiking with Hank, their Yellow Lab.
Amy grew up in Richmond, VA and attended Texas Christian University. Upon graduation from TCU in 2003, Amy moved back to VA, married Andy, and got her Master's in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. They moved to St. Louis in 2004 to cheer on the Cardinals and for Andy to attend Covenant Seminary. Amy has been helping Andy with RUF at Virginia Tech since 2011 while chasing their four kids - Josiah, Cooper, Sadie Jane & Benji - and Hank, their yellow lab puppy. She loves people, planning events, everything outdoors, and coffee...lots of coffee.
Anna grew up in Harrisonburg, VA with two amazing parents and four also amazing siblings. She attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Spanish and Public Relations (really just Spanish, but the PR kinda just makes it look more professional). She was very involved in RUF all 4 years of college and enjoyed every second of it. After graduating, Anna spent 6 months in Panama doing college ministry alongside a thriving church plant in the heart of the city. During these 6 months the Lord called her to more full time ministry in the US as an intern back at Virginia Tech. She could not be more excited to be a Hokie for another 2 years!!
Anna is 99.9% extroverted and loves humans, learning more about them, and sharing life together. Things she’s a big fan of: coffee, active activities, asking new friends far too many questions, Ben Rector, and cheesecake. Things that stress her out and she does not prefer: being left alone for even 5 minutes, packing, driving, spikeball, and when people walk slowly in front of her in Kroger.
Will grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and completed his undergrad at University of Alabama. There he majored in Nutrition Science and minored in Business. Will was involved in college ministry for three years at UA following his transfer from Florida Gulf Coast University where he went for baseball, and was first integrated into RUF his senior year. College ministry was such a significant part of his UA experience that he decided to join the RUF team as an intern, as this time was when he began to study the Word more intensely and God became beautiful to him.