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.
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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 two daughters, Sophie (1/7/15) and Maggie (12/29/17), and together they enjoy the outdoors, board games, reading, music, making pizza together, and going on adventures.
Kate is from Asheville, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University (Go ‘Neers) with a degree in Recreation Management and minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. She loves anything outdoors, whether it is hiking, running, or sitting by a lake with her dog, Nala. RUF was a huge part of her college experience and she is so excited to get to work with the ministry of RUF just a couple mountains over at Western Carolina.