University of North Carolina

Join us Wednesdays at 8 PM in Murphey 116

RUF at UNC is a Christian campus ministry that exists to provide a friendly Christ-centered community where the tired, the skeptical, and the committed can come together to experience the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Our student leaders put together socials, service activities, and Bible studies, and we join together once a week for worship and to hear a message from the Bible.

Join Us

Large Group

Wednesdays at 8:00 PM
In Murphey 116

Monday Community Group

Mondays at 8:30 PM
321 Brooks Street, Unit B, Contact Andrew Harvey and Caroline Alessandro for more info

All Girls Community Group

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
In the lounge in between Joyner & Alexander, Contact Kathryn Cavin and Ashley Mims for more info

Co-Ed Community Group

Tuesdays at 8:00 PM
At the BH, Led by Thomas and Susan

Wednesday Community Group

Wednesday Afternoons
On campus, Led by Juan and Katie. Email for details

Thursday Community Group

Thursdays at 7:00 PM
On South Campus, Led by Matt and Jason

Prayer Group

Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Led by Josh and David. Email for details


To get a better sense of who we are, check out this video.

For more information about RUF at UNC, check out our website here:

Meet Our Team

Simon Stokes

Simon Stokes

Campus Minister

Simon Stokes is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary, where he received two Master’s degrees: one for divinity and the other for counseling. Originally, he hails from Dothan, Alabama and graduated in 2006 from Emory University where he pursued a degree in International Studies. After college, Simon worked as an RUF intern at Auburn University. It was here that he developed a heart for college students, as well as deciding to enter vocational ministry. Simon is married to Katie, who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and received a degree in graphic design from Auburn University in 2008. Whether it be movies, TV, or books, Simon loves stories in any genre. He also enjoys playing sports and board games. Sometimes he wins. Both he and Katie are hoping that North Carolina will make them “outdoorsy”. They have two little girls, Emory and Caroline.

Katie Stapleton

Katie Stapleton

Campus Staff

Katie is from Morgantown, West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Leadership Studies in 2018. When she's not going on walks around UNC's campus or drinking coffee you can find Katie spending time with friends or enjoying a good movie. Katie deeply appreciates how the Lord used the Church in her life during college and loves that RUF is from the Church. She grew up hearing about how the Lord has worked through this ministry and she was pumped when RUF came to WVU during her senior year! RUF not only brought Katie friendship, but also taught her more about the character of Jesus and gave her the opportunity to consider a future in ministry.

Through serving as an intern for two years at UNC, Katie developed a love for Carolina. She has enjoyed rushing Franklin, picnics on the Quad, and many walks in the Arboretum. Katie has loved being a witness to some of the beautiful and powerful ways the Lord has worked at Carolina. It's been an honor for her to serve at UNC, and she is very excited to be staying on as campus staff over the next few years!

Isaac Jones

Isaac Jones


Isaac is from Memphis, TN and graduated with a degree in Religious Studies from the University of Mississippi. If you can't find him reading, hiking, or jamming with his friends, he's probably watching his beloved British soccer team Preston North End (Come On You Lilywhites!) or delving deep into the anthology of films directed by Martin Scorsese. Isaac has seen the Lord work through RUF from a young age: his father was the RUF minister at Emory University and he can remember plenty of times when his new campus minister Simon Stokes (a student at Emory at the time) would hang out with him when he was about 5 or 6 years old. Isaac loved being involved with RUF at Ole Miss, where he led worship for two years, had his face consistently melted by awesome teaching, and witnessed the good news of Christ take hold of him and so many others. He couldn't be more excited or humbled to be a part of the Lord's awesome work in Chapel Hill.