Brown University & Rhode Island School of Design

RUF is a Christian campus ministry serving Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design. We believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we uphold the Bible as the Word of God. Our goal is to explore what it means to follow Jesus and to grow in faith, work, and leadership, equipping students to follow Jesus for a lifetime. We welcome students from all different backgrounds, including those who are already followers of Jesus and those who want to know more about who Jesus is and why we should follow him.


Meet Our Team

Travis Hutchinson

Travis Hutchinson

Campus Minister

Travis was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and Charlotte, North Carolina. He went to Covenant College in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he played tennis and graduated with a degree in Economics in 2016. From there, he entered into a management development program at Unum Group, spending time in both Chattanooga and Portland, Maine, where he worked as an underwriter, managed a development team, and led customer research and user experience design sessions. Travis felt the Lord calling him to seminary in the spring of 2019, and he moved back to St. Louis to study at Covenant Theological Seminary. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2022 and is excited to start working for RUF at Brown / RISD starting in the fall of 2022!

Lorena Silva


Lorena was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. At 13, she moved to the United States with her family and made Nashville, Tennessee, her second home. She attended Western Kentucky University, where she received a degree in Music with a concentration in classical guitar. WKU is also where Lorena fell in love with the ministry of RUF. The students and staff there made a lasting impact on her and, by God's grace, she is beyond excited to continue the work at Brown/RISD. Lorena is an avid enjoyer of going to coffee shops and pretending to drink coffee, spending as much time as possible with her friends and is probably the biggest Taylor Swift fan you'll ever meet.