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.
Brian Thomas came to Western Carolina from Peace Presbyterian Church where he served on staff for two years in Cary, NC, but he was raised in the beautiful northeast corner of Alabama. Brian attended the University of North Alabama (a division II powerhouse). Upon graduation from college he moved to Fort Payne, AL -- home to the country music group Alabama, Little River Canyon, and Don Chico’s Mexican Restaurant. During his time there he would spend a year in the business world, two years on staff at Grace Presbyterian Church, make lifelong friends, but most importantly marry his best friend Jessica in 2007. Brian graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, where they developed a deeper love for God’s Word, good coffee, and Cardinals baseball. Brian and Jessica have a son, Noah, and a daughter, Evelyn who like to wake them up early every morning.
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.