Southern Methodist University RUF International
Join us Tuesdays 6:30-8pm Umphrey Lee Dining Hall
Being a long way from home can be really difficult, especially when you are facing the challenge of navigating a new culture and language. SMU has over 1000 international students representing more than 80 different nations. RUF International exists to welcome international students and scholars in the name of Jesus Christ.
If you are an international student, we want to walk alongside you as you navigate life outside of the classroom! We want to help you experience the local culture, develop lasting cross-cultural friendships, and better understand the good news of Jesus. Come join us for an exciting and life-changing experience!
Meet Our Team
Fee was born and raised in Dallas, only a few miles from SMU. After high school, he moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas to attend the University of Arkansas. While in college, Fee studied History, spent a summer in China, and (most importantly) met his wonderful wife Kelly. After his undergraduate, Fee worked for a church plant in Fayetteville for two years while Kelly worked in community mental health. In 2017, Fee and Kelly moved to Jackson, Mississippi to study at Reformed Theological Seminary. Fee graduated with a Master of Divinity and Kelly with a Master of Arts in Counseling degree in 2020. In 2021, Fee and Kelly welcomed their curious and energetic son Oliver (1). Together they enjoy being outdoors, trying new restaurants, reading good books, and listening to good music.
Heidi is a Franklin, TN native who graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in August 2016. She majored in journalism and classics, intending to work as a reporter until she connected with the RUF International on campus and began serving as a volunteer for three years. She moved to Dallas in August 2017 after accepting a job as an RUF-I intern and is thrilled to continue serving the international student community at SMU as campus staff. When she's not working, you can find her listening to podcasts, hanging out by White Rock Lake, reading National Geographic and cooking with friends.