University of Houston

Join us Wednesdays 7-8:30 PM Food at 7 PM | AD Bruce Religion Center, 2nd floor

RUF is a place for the convinced and the unconvinced, the churched and un-churched, the burned, the bored, the run-down, or the refreshed. It is a place to bring your doubts and your questions to understand more about Christianity and what the radical love of Jesus is all about. No matter who you are or what you believe you are welcome to join us as we gather to love God, to love people, and to love the University of Houston.

Join Us

Freshmen Bible Study

Student Center

Upperclassmen Bible Studies

Held throughout the week

Large Group

Wednesdays at 7 PM
AD Bruce Religion Center, 2nd floor

Weekly Prayer

AD Bruce Religion Center, Downstairs

Friday Walleyball

Fridays 1-3 PM
Inside the Rec Center (behind the basketball courts)

Theology Study | Book Study on Politics and the Gospel


For up-to-date times and details:
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- contact Brooks (615.405.0040)

Meet Our Team

Brooks Harwood

Brooks Harwood

Campus Minister

Brooks was born in Texas (woo!) and grew up in Nashville, TN. During his first year at the University of Tennessee he met his one-day-wife Meredith. Brooks came to college as a new Christian seeking answers and Meredith came to college looking for a good community. They found both in RUF.

After they graduated, they got married and moved to Nashville, TN for Brooks to work as an intern with RUF at Vanderbilt University. After three years they moved to St. Louis, MO for Brooks to get a pastoral degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and for Meredith to style hair. After four years they moved to begin work with RUF at the University of Houston. In November 2018 they had their first baby girl, Sophie (who is the cutest creature on earth).

Meredith loves cupcakes, currently binge-watches One Tree Hill, is an avid reader, knows more about football than her husband, and has an artsy flair when it comes to design.

Brooks loves Harry Potter and dorky books, currently binge watches Friday Night Lights with Meredith, wants to be a super hero, can be found either in a gym or in a coffee shop, and would befriend a brick wall if he could.

Gabriel Garcia

Gabriel Garcia


Gabriel was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas where he attended St. Philips College in San Antonio for 2 years then transferred to the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where he majored in History. Gabriel was a part of RUF for 5 years while in college both at Trinity University and at UTSA to where he would lead small group and help set up and take down for large group.
Aside from ministry, Gabriel enjoys exercising, going on bike rides, reading, and keeping up with the NBA.

Kimmy Mota

Kimmy Mota


Kimmy was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She decided to move all the way down to Houston, Texas to attend the University of Houston where she received her BA in History with minors in Spanish and National Security Studies. Kimmy was a part of RUF all four years of college and took on roles such as 'name-tag-girl' to welcome students into Large Group as well as leading the Women's Bible Study for 4 semesters. Kimmy wanted to continue serving RUF in Houston and decided to stick it out as an intern for them for the next two years.

Kimmy can almost always be found in the beloved Cougar Grounds coffeeshop on campus and loves meeting new people and spending time with almost anyone. She is an avid fan of The Office and anything with the driest of humor. Kimmy has an angel of a cat named Beans who has the rare talent of convincing non-cat people to love her. Kimmy is very excited to see how she can continue to serve the students at UH as well as how she can learn and grow through the internship.

Joshua Valdez


Joshua was born and raised in Othello, Washington, and moved to Lexington, Virginia in 2018 to attend Washington and Lee University (W&L). While at W&L he became involved with RUF as a Small Group leader, played an excessive amount of volleyball, and occasionally went to class. In May of 2022, Joshua graduated with a degree in Business and Latin American Studies. Because of the profound impact that RUF's community had upon him, he decided to further serve the organization by becoming a RUF Intern. Joshua is excited about serving the Lord in a new (warmer) environment, hosting Bible studies and game nights, growing spiritually, and exploring the city of Houston with students. Some of his interests include Marvel movies, spikeball, tennis, Smash Bros, and hiking.