University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Join us Wednesday at 8:15 PM at First Presbyterian Church Student Center

All students are welcome to RUF at UTC, regardless of personal or religious background. We welcome the "convinced" and "unconvinced" and invite all students, no matter where they are, to RUF as we consider the truth claims of Christianity together.

We want RUF to be a place where a student can come with questions, find fellowship with others, worship God, serve others, and grow in their knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His work on their behalf.

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Large Group

Wednesdays at 8:15 PM
First Presbyterian Church Student Center (535 McCallie Ave.)

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Meet Our Team

John Mark Scruggs

John Mark Scruggs

Campus Minister

John Mark was born and raised in Northeast Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi where he studied History and English. Two years after graduation, he moved to seminary in St. Louis, MO to study at Covenant Theological Seminary. There he met and married Caroline Lamberth, who was also attending Covenant. Both earned graduate degrees and moved to Chattanooga to partner in campus minister for RUF at UTC.

The Scruggs have three fun and busy children - Mary Margaret, Jack, and Sam. John Mark enjoys long dinners, family walks, impromptu dance parties with his kids, reading, exploring bookstores, and meeting others at coffee shops in Chattanooga.

Jaimie Pastori

Jaimie Pastori

Campus Staff

Jaimie grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. She attended the University of Central Florida and graduated in 2013, with a degree focusing on Education, Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Hospitality Management. As a student at UCF, the welcoming nature of RUF drew her in. The relationships gained and gospel truths she learned during these formative years were life-changing.

Being transformed by her experience of the gospel through RUF and her local church, Jaimie felt called to work for RUF post-grad! She started the RUF internship at Winthrop University in 2014 and after completing three years, she felt called to stay on as Campus Staff. In 2020, the Lord called her to leave Rock Hill (Rock Thrill) and start her role as Campus Staff at UT Chattanooga!

Jaimie loves drinking tea, going on walks, baking (despite the many fails), pop culture, having people in her home, and getting to know college students!

Stephen Berry

Stephen Berry

Intern

Stephen Berry is a graduate of Winthrop University with a degree in physical education. Growing up, he was homeschooled by his loving parents alongside his 2 lovely sisters and 5 significantly less lovely brothers. Stephen enjoys being active outdoors, playing sports, listening/playing music, watching movies, drinking coffee, eating food, smiling, laughing, and talking with those around him. Stephen's friends have often said that "he is almost as good as his hair," which is probably true and potentially hurtful. He is excited to serve as the RUF Intern at UT Chattanooga because it gives him the opportunity to go on a lot of good hikes, drink a lot of good coffee, and pour into college students through the same ministry that so faithfully poured into him for 4 years at Winthrop.