Duke University

Join us Tuesdays at 8 PM in White Lecture Hall (East Campus)

Duke RUF is a community of students at Duke learning together from Jesus and the Bible what it means and looks like to love God and love others. Our mission is to reach students for Christ and equip them for a lifetime of service to God and to the world. But we are also a community where you can belong before you believe. We exist for the convinced and the unconvinced, the sure and the skeptical. If you at all find yourself interested in exploring the claims of Christianity, learning about Jesus and the Bible, exploring big questions around meaning, significance, existence and God, or are just looking for a community of friends to connect with, we’d love to have you check us out!

Join Us

Large Group

Tuesdays at 8 PM
In White Lecture Hall (East Campus)

Monday Night Dinners

Mondays at 6 PM
927 Green Street (Matt’s House - 7 minute walk from East Campus)

Freshmen Small Groups

Thursdays at 8 PM
Guys in Friedl 126, Girls in Friedl 118

Sophomore Co-ed Small Group

Thursdays at 8 PM
in WU 248

Upperclassmen Co-ed Small Group

Thursdays at 8 PM
in WU Chaplin Family Room

Jesus Storybook Bible Small Group (open to everyone)

Wednesdays at 12 PM
in WU 241

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Meet Our Team

Matt Mahla

Matt Mahla

Campus Minister

Matt is a native New Englander, growing up just outside of Boston. For college he decided to try something new and headed south to attend Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, Matt grew tremendously in his faith in Jesus through the presence of RUF and a strong community of Christian friends. He also met his wife, Bethany. They got married shortly after college and moved to Charlottesville, VA, where Matt served as the RUF intern at the University of Virginia and Bethany worked at a start-up pharmaceutical company. After an unexciting year in an office job for Matt, the Mahlas moved to Boston for Matt to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and for Bethany to teach at an urban charter school through Teach for America. The Mahlas had Vance in 2016, and Elise followed after in 2018. Matt graduated from Gordon-Conwell with a Masters of Divinity and an MA in Counseling and worked for a year as a social worker in Boston. He became the RUF Campus Minister at Duke in 2018.

Matt’s favorite part of being the campus minister is hanging out with Duke students - he says it every week in large group! So hit him up for lunch, coffee, a run, the driving range, anything. The whole family loves to have Duke students over, so definitely head to their house for a Monday Night Dinner. When not on campus, you can find Matt exploring new places with Bethany, chasing after his kids, running, cooking, getting depressed watching Vanderbilt sports, or chipping plastic golf balls in his yard in hopes of one day actually being good at golf.

Eliza Combest

Eliza Combest

Intern

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Eliza moved further south to Rhodes College in Memphis where she majored in English Literature with honors research in Eighteenth Century British Literature. Eliza became quickly and deeply involved with RUF in the midst of personal and professional hardship, and has been continually grateful for the RUF community’s willingness to both celebrate and weep with her. Several years of serving on ministry team as a student led Eliza to pursue the RUF internship, where she might better learn how to care for students in vocational ministry the way that her mentors have cared for her. She is excited to move to Durham, North Carolina, in service of the students at Duke, who grapple with similar questions of how to walk faithfully with God in a high-pressure academic environment.

In her free time, Eliza loves to read novels, poetry, non-fiction, Shakespeare, and most of all, Jane Austen. She also enjoys hosting movie nights, getting to know local coffee shop owners, playing with animals, record shopping, and prowling used bookstores for hidden gems.