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.

Carlee Miller

Carlee Miller


Carlee grew up in Southlake, Texas, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2022. She studied Child Development and English and was involved with RUF throughout her time at Vandy. Carlee loves to read, hang out with her dog Buddy, and spend time with family and friends. Carlee is so excited to meet the students at UC Irvine and see what the Lord has in store!