University of Texas at Tyler & Tyler Junior College

Join us Wednesday Nights at 8 PM in STE127

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 Bible Study - Galatians

12 PM Mondays
University Center Food Court

Men's Bible Study - 1st Timothy & Titus

7 PM Mondays
Jay's House (3510 Omega Dr.)

Women's Bible Study - Esther

5 PM Thursdays
Liberty Landing Clubhouse

Coed Community Group - LG Sermon Discussion

2 PM Thursdays
3rd Floor of University Center

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 two children, a girl named Lillian (born April 2015) and a boy named John (born February 2017). JB loves reading, hunting, backpacking, golfing, and, above all else, playing with his kids.

Abby Plott

Abby Plott


Abby graduated from Samford University with a degree in Human Development and Family Science and a minor in Arabic. RUF was a vital part of her community and growth during college, where she fostered a passion for overseas missions and local ministry. Abby is excited to continue growing and serving with RUF in Tyler. Abby loves coffee, photography, and playing all the sports, especially volleyball. She loves to travel, and is always down for a beach trip.