Welcome to RUF at Wake Forest! We are a community of students on campus seeking to love God and love our neighbor. Our goal is to help students come to understand, know, and follow Jesus Christ as they walk through their college years, and to help lay a foundation for a lifetime of following Jesus and serving him in all areas of life. We're here for the campus - for students from any religious background and students who have no religious background at all. Whoever you are and whatever your story, RUF is for you.
Rev. John Bourgeois is the RUF campus minister at Wake Forest University. He and his wife, Mary Clarke, met in college while serving with FOCUS, a para-church youth ministry for independent school students.
After graduating from Tulane University in 2006, John spent the next 9 years in Virginia cutting his teeth in ministry. After John graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2013, he served as the Associate Pastor of City Church of Richmond for two years.
The Bourgeois' moved to Winston-Salem in May 2015 and live there with their two children, Leo and Mary Landon. Together, John and Mary Clarke love exploring cities and filling their home with friends old and new.
Ellis was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned her degree in Finance from The University of Tulsa (TU). Ellis loved her time in RUF at TU, and is thrilled to serve as an RUF intern at Wake Forest University. She loves farmers markets, strong coffee, and cooking for friends!