University of Tennessee, Knoxville RUF International

Join us every other Thursday from 6-8 PM at the Black Cultural Center

What do people from Istanbul, Moscow, Seoul, Cairo, Bangkok, Dehli, Riyadh, Sao Paulo and Beijing have in common? They and many others form the 1700 students and visiting professors from 100 nations who have come to study and research at The University of Tennessee. What else do they have in common? They have various kinds of needs while they're here - need for friendship, need to improve their English, need to understand American culture, need for encouragement in their academic journey, and the need to know the God of grace.

RUF International at UT aims to help our international friends in 3 basic ways, by: 1) Welcoming international students and scholars 2) Exploring the Gospel with them and 3) Equipping Christian international to be ambassadors for Christ's kingdom.

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Meet Our Team

Lee Leadbetter

Lee Leadbetter

Campus Minister

Lee Leadbetter and his wife, Jen, are both natives of the Knoxville area, where they met at the University of Tennessee through the ministry of RUF. Lee and Jen have 2 sons (Daniel & Phillip) and 2 daughters (Annie & Neissa). Lee spent 3 years working in youth ministry and then went on to complete an MDiv from Covenant Seminary. After a short stint with Mission to the World in Romania in 2005-2006, Lee and Jen returned to Knoxville where Lee worked as an intern for Redeemer Church while pursuing ordination. In January 2008, the Leadbetters had the opportunity to plant RUF International at UT, where Lee has continued to serve as Campus Minister.