Join us Tuesday nights at 8 PM in the Hendrix Student Center Ballrooms
RUF is a campus ministry at Clemson University where every student is invited to encounter Jesus, explore faith, experience life-change, enjoy community and engage in the mission of God in this world. Join us on Tuesdays at 8pm in the Hendrix Center Ballrooms, or all throughout the week for small groups and other great events. We'd love to connect with you soon!
Meet Our Team
A native of Alabama, Daniel comes to Clemson having served at Jacksonville State University since 2017. Before joining RUF staff, he served as an Assistant Pastor in Ft Payne, AL. Daniel is a graduate of Troy University, where he met his wife, Courtney. Married since 2009, the Hightowers have four children: Naomi (2013), twins Rebekah and Cole (2016), and Sam (2020). The Hightowers are excited to be ministering at Clemson University. Go Tigers!
Peter grew up in a small town called Lexington, VA. After graduating from high school, he attended Randolph-Macon College where he received my bachelor's degree in Business Management. Shortly after Peter graduated, he moved to Charlotte, NC to attend Reformed Theological Seminary in pursuit of his Masters Degree in Biblical Studies.
He recently got married to his beautiful wife, Sam, who he met in Charlotte, and they have a 4 year old black lab named Minnie. They are excited to be a part of the Clemson RUF family.
Elizabeth moved from Colorado to Tennessee with her mom and three brothers when she was in elementary school. She graduated from Tennessee Tech with a degree in Sociology in 2023. Elizabeth was a part of RUF throughout college, during which she learned how in need she was of Jesus and His love. Elizabeth is excited to have the opportunity to open the Gospel and show students the same love she received in undergrad!
David grew up in McDonough, GA (just south of Atlanta) and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in criminal studies, pre-law. Throughout his undergrad, RUF was a catalyst bed for his spiritual growth and discipleship. David loves movies, sports, and conversations about law, philosophy, theology, or just about anything! When David has nothing to do he’s probably listening to music or hanging out with his friends. Fun fact: David has an acute obsession with palindromes. He is looking forward to being an RUF intern and being with such a great ministry at Clemson! David plans on going to law school to try to become a prosecutor, at least at some point in the future.
Lydia grew up overseas before moving to Orlando, Florida with her family and then attending Anderson University in South Carolina. She graduated in Spring of 2021 with Bachelors in English Literature and Marketing. During her time at AU, the Lord provided a gospel-centered community for Lydia through RUF, despite her initial idea that she would try any other campus ministry but RUF. RUF was a place that God demonstrated the importance of fellowship, time in the Word, and total reliance on the Lord above all else, as well as a place that Lydia was blessed with friendships she knew would endure throughout eternity. Lydia can often be found with a hot drink in her hand (almost always coffee), enjoying conversation, or listening to her latest podcast binge. Lydia is so excited to love and serve students at Clemson!