University of Pittsburgh

Join us every Thursday at 9 PM in David Lawrence 104

Welcome to RUF at PITT! Here since 2008, we seek to love God, love people, and love PITT. We don't believe you can make this happen on your own, but it happens as you understand and rest in the love God has for you in Jesus. And because we all need to learn this, RUF is a safe place for all kinds of people, for those who are convinced, confused, and for the cynical.

Please join us for Large Group, look into one of our small groups, or contact the staff if you would like to meet to chat.

Join Us

Large Group

Thursdays at 9 PM
David Lawrence 104

Small Groups

Variety of Locations


To join our text group, text RUFPITT to 41411

Meet Our Team

Derek Bates

Derek Bates


Derek moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 to begin a chapter of RUF at PITT.

Born and raised in VA, he graduated from James Madison University, lived briefly in Ukraine, CO, and then St. Louis, MO where he graduated (again) from Covenant Theological Seminary.

His wife Luda speaks 3 languages, works, tries to keep up with their 4 awesome kids, and bakes some out-of-this-world snacks for RUF.

Derek enjoys reading, sports, lifting weights, fixing up broken things, good music, concerts, and drinking coffee with students.

If you'd like to meet to discuss life in college, faith, doubt, good music, or Oct baseball, just email him.

Callie Miller

Callie Miller


Callie studied and did research science for nearly 10 years, first at Francis Marion University, then later at the University of Pittsburgh (PITT), where she earned her MS in molecular neuropharmacology.

It was in Pittsburgh that she fell in love with Christ, and God radically changed her heart and calling through the gospel, His church, and community. There also she met James, a linguistics and German student at PITT, whom she married in the summer of 2014.

After Callie finished an RUF internship at Penn State, she served as campus staff at Sweet Briar Women’s College in Lynchburg, VA. Callie has been recently called to serve at PITT.

Callie is delighted by conversation, dimples, and big earrings. She loves discussing how people relate, and she also loves to dance.

Zenny Jua

Zenny Jua


Zenny Jua was born in the US but grew up in Cameroon, West Africa until 2013 where she moved to the US to further her studies, and later became a believer shortly after that. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Management. Zenny was involved with RUF in her senior year only, but the impact it had on her prompted her to want to reach out to other students with the love and truth of Jesus which she received from Maryland RUF. She loves dancing and would instinctively move to the sound of anything upbeat. She equally loves all or most genres of music(except metal), laughing with friends, singing etc. She is excited for these next two years and cannot wait to see how the Lord will be at work. God is always good!!