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.
Noemi was born and raised in Houston, Texas along with five siblings. She graduated from the University of Houston in 2016 with degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Her freshman year she became involved in RUF and immediately loved the community. She has been greatly impacted by her campus minister and intern who pushed her out of her comfort zone and spoke truth when she needed to hear it. They influenced her love of ministry, which led to her decision to apply for the RUF internship. She is very excited to begin ministering at Virginia Tech where she hopes to learn how to live among the mountains and get away from the humid Houston weather.
Spencer grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Morganton, North Carolina and attended Western Carolina University where he studied Parks and Recreation Management (it's different than the TV show, I promise.) He also met his wife, Courtney, at WCU in 2014. They were married on August 8th, 2015. Spencer and Courtney both found RUF during their time at WCU, and Spencer found the RUF internship to be a great place to serve others for Christ. They both love being outside, hiking, rock climbing, spending time with friends, listening to good music, and lame jokes.