Tokyo, Japan – RUF Global

Welcome to RUF Tokyo! We are a campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) that welcomes students from any and all walks of life. Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a place for you to explore Christianity and grow in your understanding of Jesus Christ and what it means to follow him in community with others.


Meet Our Team

Jeff Saunders

Jeff Saunders

Campus Minister

Jeff is originally from Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Memphis in 2010. Jeff met Katie during his college years while they both worked together as lifeguards at the same pool. Following graduation he moved to Knoxville to work and help volunteer with RUF at UTK. This is where Jeff fell in love with college ministry. After Katie graduated the two of them moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Seminary where Jeff received an M.DIV in 2015. It was during their time at Covenant that God gave both of them a desire to serve in Japan. During their first few years of being in Japan, learning the language, and being exposed to a number different ministries, they continued to sense God leading them to pursue college ministry. And so, after much prayer and many conversations Jeff received a call to start RUF-G in Tokyo, Japan.

Jeff and Katie have 2 children: Emerie (2015) and Ezra (2018). As a family they love to explore the city and seek out the seemingly endless options Tokyo has. Food is also a passion of theirs which is good because there is literally no other country with the food culture that Japan has. People, you have no idea what good sushi tastes like. I’m just saying.