University of Arkansas

Join us every Wednesday night at 8PM on the Downtown Square (101 W Mountain St)

RUF is a place for University of Arkansas students to experience the grace and love of Jesus through life-giving community, intentional discipleship, and a growing understanding of God's word. We're a community of people who know we don't have it all together, and so we are learning together what it means to grow in our faith, love the people around us, and live in light of the redemptive love of Jesus.

Join Us

Large Group

Wednesdays at 8 PM
Christ Community Church on the square

Freshman Connection

Tuesdays at 5PM
Christ Community Church


Thursdays at 3 PM
Wilson Park


Click here for our Event Calendar, Small Groups Sign-up Form, and more!

Listen to our RUF Arkansas podcast!

"A Little Less RUF" | Episode 1

Student Spotlight | Anna Kate | Jonathan Plaster

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Meet Our Team

Austin Royal

Austin Royal

Campus Minister

Austin grew up in Macon, Georgia and attended undergrad at the University of Georgia where he studied Communication. Right after graduating he married his amazing wife Anna Caroline and moved to Baton Rouge where he served as an intern with RUF at LSU for two years. They learned to love college students and cook cajun food down in the bayou. He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where he received a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in counseling. Before moving to Fayetteville he served as the RUF campus minister at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee for four years. Anna Caroline received a degree in nursing from Medical College of Georgia. She loves taking care of people and teaching. They have a three year old daughter named Linley who is a social butterfly and loves to sing and dance. Their interests include cooking (smoking), sports, music, yard games, and being in the outdoors. They are excited to be back in the SEC and can’t wait to explore all the wonderful outdoor activities that NW Arkansas has to offer. Woo Pig Sooie!!

Mercy Jackson

Mercy Jackson


Mercy was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her time in RUF, she learned more about how desperately she needs God’s grace and how generously He gives it. She also found a wonderful community of friends that she is very sad to leave. When she has free time, she enjoys practicing guitar, going on walks, and exploring new coffee shops! Mercy is looking forward to serving as an RUF intern at the University of Arkansas, and getting to experience a real winter for the first time as a Texan!

Andy Jones

Andy Jones


Andy was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. After high-school, he attended MTSU where he graduated in 3 years with a bachelor’s in exercise science. In his free time, Andy enjoys sports, video games, the outdoors, and music. With it being his first time living outside of Murfreesboro, Andy is very excited to be involved in RUF at Arkansas as an Intern!