University of Arizona

Join us for Dinner and Discussions on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM in Modern Languages 311!

Welcome to RUF at University of Arizona! We are a Christian campus ministry that exists to proclaim God's amazing love through our words and actions. RUF is a community where you can deepen your faith, find genuine friendship, and serve others.

So, wherever you’re coming from, come check us out, and join us as we seek to follow Jesus, love one another, and serve the University of Arizona! Bear Down!

Join Us

Dinner and Discussions

Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
in Modern Languages 311

Freshmen Guys Bible Study

Mondays at 7:00 PM
at the Scoop

Freshmen Girls Bible Study

Mondays at 6:00 PM
in Gittings Building, Room 201

Guys Bible Study

Mondays at 6:30 PM
at the Seasons

Girls Bible Study

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
at Sami's Apartment


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Meet Our Team

Matt Esswein

Matt Esswein

Campus Minister

Matt, a native Californian (SoCal), fell in love with college ministry through his time studying Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (with minors in ultimate frisbee, disc golf, and the beach!). His experience in the church, campus ministries, and mentors transformed his faith and walk with Jesus. After he graduated, Matt worked in college ministry at his church for two years before heading to St. Louis, MO, to attend Covenant Theological Seminary (2009-2012).

Matt made great friends, had more great mentors, and was further amazed by the grace and love of Jesus through his studies at Covenant and there met the love of his life, Sarah, who was studying counseling. Matt and Sarah got married in 2014 and served together in college and young adult ministry at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church (St. Louis, MO) for five years before moving to California to serve in family ministry at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church (Roseville, CA).

They are very excited to know, host, and serve students at the University of Arizona. Matt & Sarah love coffee, being outside, watching sports, laughing with friends, and having all sorts of fun with their three girls, Nora, Juniper, and Evangeline, (and their Golden Retriever, Poppy!).

Paige Jackson

Paige Jackson


Howdy! I’m Paige Jackson. I grew up in Daphne, Alabama and recently graduated college. I studied theology, emerging media, & communications at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

I love laughter, humpback whales, whimsical dinner parties, watermelon, and Paddington 2. You can find me in a local coffee shop drinking a cappuccino & pursing my lifelong quest to find the best blueberry muffin ever (Suggestions welcome. Email above).

Most importantly, I believe our only hope is Jesus. He is kind and loving and beyond description. These past few years I have learned so much through RUF about grace, justice, hospitality, and relationships. I’m pumped to continue learning about God and to do life alongside college students at University of Arizona.

Please be praying for us out in Tucson and let me know how I can be praying for you! You rock.