University of California, Irvine

Join us for Large Group on Wednesdays, 6:30pm at University Town Center

Welcome to RUF at UC Irvine! We are a community committed to exploring and living the good news of Jesus together on campus. We have lots of opportunities to study the Bible, hang out, and eat (a lot of) food together. Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a safe place to connect, ask questions and learn who Jesus is and what he's doing in your life.

If you have any more questions about who we are or what we do on campus, please ask. We would love the opportunity to connect with you.

Join Us

Large Group

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
University Town Center

Freshman Study

Thursday at 3pm

Men's Study, Women's Study, Graduate Study


Bible Studies: We have several Bible studies each week throughout the school year-- contact us! 

Special Weekend Events: Check Instagram for Hangouts Every Other Friday

Rides to Church! We give rides to church at Redeemer Presbyterian in OC every Sunday. Contact us if you need one.

Meet Our Team

Derek Rishmawy

Derek Rishmawy

Campus Minister

Derek is an Orange County native and UC Irvine Alumnus. He has been married to his wife McKenna since 2011 and started dating her back in 2007, his last year at UCI. Before coming back, he spent four years in Chicagoland working on his Ph.D. in systematic theology (still in process) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before that worked as a college ministry director in Santa Ana, CA. In his free time he mostly likes spending time with his wife, reading, grilling in the backyard with friends, watching old Batman cartoons, and doing a little bit of writing on the side.

Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee


Jackie was born and raised throughout Los Angeles County and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Cognitive Science and a specialization in Computing. During her time at UCLA, she experienced the goodness of God through intentional community and deep rest at RUF. She probably spent more time at RUF than she did in class. She loves dry humor, having a decent music taste, visiting coffee shops, all things cooking and baking, and growing in her friendships. She is excited to make the massive trek from LA to OC, and is looking forward to getting to know the students at UC Irvine and seeing how God is at work in their lives! Most of all, she is happy that she does not have to change her wardrobe and can continue to rep the blue and gold.