University of Southern California

Join us Wednesdays @ 9pm in THH (Taper Hall) room 116

Welcome to L.A.! We are glad you are here at USC. We know how important it is to have real connection with others on a campus found in such a sprawling city as Los Angeles. At RUF, we strive to be an authentic community that is not only supportive and spiritually challenging, but also outward-facing to our peers on campus.

Jesus said that he did not come to save the righteous, but sinners. At RUF, we do not wish to pretend to have it all together. We are people in need of grace. Consequently, all are welcome to be part of our group, regardless of personal or religious background. RUF exists for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced," the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical, or spiritual. If this sounds interesting to you, please contact us. We would love to get to know you!

Join Us

Large Group

Wednesdays @ 9pm
THH (Taper Hall) Room 116

Church: Pacific Crossroads

Morning Service: 10AM
Santa Monica High School (601 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405)

Church: Pacific Crossroads

Evening Service: 5pm
514 W. Adams Blvd Los Angeles, CA


Meet Our Team

Alex Watlington

Alex Watlington

Campus Minister

Alex is originally from Lookout Mountain, GA but loves living life on the west coast. Before coming to USC he spent the last 10 years in Pennsylvania-- 4 in Philadelphia at Westminster Theological Seminary and 6 at Penn State University where he was the RUF campus minister. Alex loves USC sports, the NFL, golf, his AMC movie membership and exploring LA restaurants. He and his wife Becki have 3 children (Whit, Miles, and Monroe) and love living in the L.A. area.

Madeleine Dorst

Madeleine Dorst


Madeleine grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2020 with a degree in English, a minor in nonprofit studies, and an unofficial minor in RUF. Madeleine has done brief stunts as a librarian, copywriter, documentarian, third-grade chess champion, and art museum events planner. She’s excited to be at USC and in Los Angeles, and secretly hopes to become the muse of some kind of indie artist. She loves reading, watching and reviewing movies, a good dance party, dark chocolate everything, walks, and playing board games. She can’t wait to explore L.A with students and talk about God, life, art, and everything in between.