University of Missouri
Join us every Wednesday at 8PM at Memorial Student Union
Welcome to RUF Mizzou. We're all about loving Jesus, in community, for the world. How do we do that? We sum it up in four words: Grow, Eat, Serve, and Go. Here's what they mean:
Grow = Grow in Grace. We believe that transformation happens when God's goodness and grace touch our hearts. This is why we're a ministry for the convinced (you need grace, too!) and the unconvinced. We also believe God's word is the conduit for God's grace, so everything we do is centered on God's word to us. We want you to know God and love His word to you about Jesus even more when you graduate.
Eat = Eat with Friends. We believe God transforms us not only through His word, but also through His people. We are a community, not a classroom. We love to eat together! You can find us all over Columbia and the University enjoying God's good gifts of food and fellowship. Jesus transforms us as we enjoy His gifts of community.
Serve = Serve Your Community. We love our Christian community, but we also recognize that God has put us here for a reason! Every other Thursday, our Community Groups serve at retirement homes, soup kitchens, and food pantries all over the city. We really believe Jesus' words: It's more blessed to give than to receive!
Go = Go Make Disciples. We believe disciple-making is the call of every Christian. At RUF Mizzou, we work hard to equip you to be a disciple-maker on our campus, by equipping you with leadership skills that will enable you to reach people who don't know Jesus...and this is the best time in your life to do it!
Freshman Co-ed Small Group
Upperclassmen Gal's Small Group
Upperclassmen Guy's Small Group
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Meet Our Team
I was born in St. Louis, MO and grew up in a nominally Christian home. I was introduced to the Christian faith and baptized when I was 7 years old, but my faith dwindled until I got to college. During middle school and high school, I lived in what I refer to as my “wilderness years.” I transferred to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri (Mizzou) as a junior. During my time at Mizzou the Lord powerfully called me back to Himself! With the encouragement of my mentors, I applied to Covenant Theological Seminary to pursue my Master of Divinity (M.Div). In January 2015 I started attending Covenant, and shortly thereafter I started volunteering with the Youth at Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. It was through this Youth Group that I met my lovely wife, Emily! I graduated from Covenant Seminary in December 2018, and moved to Prattville, AL to be the Assistant Pastor of Youth & Families at First Presbyterian Church. My heart for college students has really grown during my time in ministry and I relish the opportunity to serve them during this transformative time of their life, especially at my Alma Mater!!!
Emily was born in Asheville, NC and grew up in a Christian home. She has been a believer for as long as she can remember. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she got involved with RUF. After graduating, Emily served as an RUF Intern at East Tennessee State University for two years before moving to St. Louis to pursue her Master of Arts in Counseling at Covenant Seminary. After moving to Alabama, Emily worked in Auburn for a while as a Counselor.
While in Alabama, we had our first son – David Allen Barnes II and are expecting our second (Michael Ryan) in September 2021! I love playing baseball (especially cheering on the Cardinals!), working out, bowling, hiking, and reading. Recently I have explored the world of editing videos, podcasting, and vlogging. Emily loves reading novels (Harry Potter is her favorite of all time), to watch HGTV shows, and playing with our son.
Natascha here! I'm so excited to be working with RUF at Mizzou. I got involved with RUF when I was a sophomore in college at Samford University and it quickly became my place with my people. Flash forward and the Lord has called me to do the internship. Outside of RUF I love traveling, writing, and obsessing over all things film and theatre. I can't wait to serve the students of Mizzou and dive head first into this new adventure. All glory to God.