RUF at Winthrop joyfully welcomes students from all walks of life on campus to participate in our community and explore the fullness of who Jesus Christ is from the Scriptures. We seek to increase our knowledge, love, and service of God by studying the Bible, praying together, encouraging one another, as well as having lots of fun. The heart of our mission is to reach students for Christ and equip them to serve.
Mark serves as RUF campus minister at Winthrop University and is pleased to call Rock Hill, SC home. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, his adult years have been spent steadily moving south. The first stop was Virginia Tech, where he devoted time to studying Communications, leading Young Life, and cheering on the Hokies. After graduation, Mark resided two years in Asia with Young Life International, teaching English and sharing the Gospel. Back in the states and still heading south, Mark moved to Charlotte where he received a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in May 2013. Soon after, Mark accepted a call as Assistant Pastor at Bethel Church in Clover, SC and was ordained in November 2013.
Mark met his wife, Katherine, in college. Katherine has also been working her way south, growing up in Harrisburg, PA. She served as an MTW intern in Dublin, Ireland and holds a Masters in Biblical Studies from RTS Charlotte. The Ashbaugh's have three children, Julia ('09) and John ('12), and Emmett ('14). They are thrilled to be back on the college campus ministering to Winthrop students.
The Ashbaugh's love showing hospitality and are excited to welcome new friends from Winthrop into their home. They are truly delighted to continue in the ministry of reaching students for Christ and equipping them to serve at Winthrop University.
Jaimie grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. She graduated from University of Central Florida in December of 2013, with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Education, Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Hospitality Management. She was placed at Winthrop for the RUF internship and after completing three years, she felt called to stay on as Campus Staff!
Jaimie loves referring to Rock Hill as "Rock Thrill", drinking smoothies, eating at local restaurants, going on walks at the lake, and getting to know Winthrop students over coffee!
Phyllis was born and raised in Austin, Texas. It was here that she found her love for books, nature, hiking, and art. She traveled to East Texas for college where she attended the University of Texas at Tyler majoring in Elementary Education. Phyllis found RUF which quickly became her home away from home. It challenged her in her faith and allowed her to serve and love her campus. Phyllis is thrilled to be hired on by RUF and have even more time to serve God through RUF. She can't wait to explore Rock Hill and build community.
Chris grew up in Northern Virginia, in the suburbs of Washington DC, alongside his 6 siblings. He started college at Northern Virginia Community College before transferring to Virginia Tech, where he majored in history. Having grown up a Christian, RUF at Virginia Tech provided a place to better understand the Gospel while sharing life's challenges and joys in a deep community. God used this time to help put a calling to ministry in his life and then opened doors for him to serve as an RUF Intern at NC State for 2 years following graduation. He is now living in Charlotte, studying for a Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary, and excited to continue ministering to college students through RUF at Winthrop University! He enjoys playing board games, kayaking, disc golf, a good cup of tea, following sports (especially VT football), and watching (as well as quoting) his favorite movies and shows.