RUF is a community of students learning how to love God, love people, and love Western Carolina University. Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a safe place to EXPLORE Christianity and GROW in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. We welcome all, no matter where they are in the process, to be part of our campus ministry.
Andrew grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but ever since his family moved to Charlotte, NC right after his 13th birthday, he’s called North Carolina “home.” Andrew is a graduate of NC State, and after his college days, interned with RUF at Virginia Tech before returning to Charlotte to attend Reformed Theological Seminary. It was during these RTS days that he met, wooed, and wed his wife, Trish. After finishing seminary, Andrew spent three years as the Pastor of Discipleship at Hilton Head Presbyterian Church before moving to WCU in the summer of 2017.
Andrew and Trish have one daughter, Sophie (1/7/17), and together they enjoy the outdoors, board games, reading, music, making pizza together, and going on adventures.
Amanda is from Brandon, MS. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Psychology. After the internship, her goals are to pursue a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. For all you Meyers Briggs fans out there, her personality type is INTJ. She has a love for birthdays and ninja turtles and she has a special talent for crafting amazing pizza from Domino's.