University of Texas at Tyler & Tyler Junior College

Join us Wednesday Nights at 7pm in STE 127

RUF Tyler seeks to be a community of students at UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College who are growing in our faith; learning to love God, love others, and love our campus. RUF welcomes the committed and the seeking, the convinced and the skeptical. We are a community where no matter what your background or belief (or doubt) you can explore Christianity, grow in your understanding of Jesus, and learn what it looks like to walk with him. We hope you'll join us!

Join Us

Freshmen Foundations Small Group

Mondays 12:30pm
in the University Center

Theology Thursdays

Thursdays 12:30pm
in the University Center

Coed Small Group study on Heaven

Thursdays 4pm
by the pond

Fall Conference

September 17-19
at T Bar M in New Braunfels, TX


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Meet Our Team

JB Wilbanks

JB Wilbanks

Campus Minister

JB began serving as the RUF campus minister in Tyler in the Fall of 2017. He grew up in the small town of Linden in East Texas and attended Texas A&M for an undergrad in Psychology. It was at A&M that JB met his wife Allison. JB received his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He previously served as the Assistant Pastor and Minister to Students at Christ Church in Mansfield, TX before being called to RUF Tyler. JB and Allison have three children, Lillian (born April 2015), John (born February 2017), and Clara (born April 2020). JB loves reading, hunting, backpacking, golfing, and, above all else, playing with his kids.

Abby Plott

Abby Plott

Campus Staff

Abby is from Jasper, Alabama, and graduated from Samford University with a degree in Human Development and Family Science and a minor in Arabic. In college, she connected with the community of RUF and fostered a passion for overseas missions and local ministry. After graduating, Abby began working as an RUF intern at UT Tyler, and after completing 2 years of the internship, felt called to stay in Tyler as Campus Staff.

You can probably find Abby at one of Tyler's local coffee shops. She loves reading, being outside, thrifting, playing sports, and eating ice cream! Abby is thankful to be in Tyler, and excited to be part of God's work on campus.

Nathaniel Stallings

Nathaniel Stallings


Nathaniel grew up in Tyner, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington with a degree in Communication Studies. He is excited to move to Texas and meet the students at UT Tyler. Nathaniel enjoys sports, reading, music, and making puns. RUF was the highlight of Nathaniel collegiate career, and he is looking forward to partnering with the RUF staff at UT Tyler.