University of Virginia

Join us Tuesdays from 8-9:15 pm, Location: Minor 125 (Please follow on Instagram in case changes are made!)

Welcome to RUF at the University of Virginia!

We are a community of students on Grounds learning how to love! We are learning to love God, learning to love our neighbors, and learning to love this world, starting right here by learning to love UVA and Charlottesville.

Yet we are bound by the deeper conviction that God has revealed himself in Jesus of Nazareth as one who himself is love: who loves us, who loves our neighbors, and who loves this world he made. So while we’re a community learning to love, we’re first a community learning to receive and rest in the deep love of Jesus.

So this is why we gather in Large Groups, Small Groups, and one-on-ones: that by hearing his Word of love for us, we might rest in his love, and that from the beauty, power, and overflow of it, we might be conformed to his love!

Love God | Love Neighbor | Love UVA

Join Us

Large Group

Tuesdays from 8-9:15 PM
Minor 125 (Stay tuned for any room updates)

Small Groups

There are many!
Contact josiah.carey@ruf.org for further info

First Year Small Groups

Contact annie.brawner@ruf.org or matt.holdsworth@ruf.org for more information about our First Year small groups and fellowship opportunities.

Common Prayer

Monday-Friday, 9-9:30am
Outside the Rotunda on Grounds - you can find us next to the Mr. Jefferson statue!

Connect

Save the Date for our

25th Anniversary Celebration

November 8-10, 2024

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Meet Our Team

Josiah Carey

Josiah Carey

Campus Minister

Josiah is from Charlottesville and attended UVA (Wahoowa!) and Covenant Seminary in Saint Louis. There, he and Kelley were set up to meet at a bonfire, and a week later they ordered gelato and 30 minutes later went back for seconds. They have been married for seven years and have two children. Kelley has worked in education the last 14 years. She is a voracious reader who loves writing and good conversations. Josiah loves lawn games, local establishments, legendary adventures, and logophilia. He is entering his ninth year with RUF, previously serving as Campus Minister at Tulane for seven years. He is so grateful to have received the grace of serving UVA RUF.

Annie Kate Barr

Annie Kate Barr

Campus Staff

Annie Kate is from Clemson, South Carolina, and studied Art History at the College of Charleston. After graduating from CofC in 2014, Annie Kate did three years of the RUF internship. Following one year as intern at Samford University, Annie completed her internship at CofC after marrying her husband, Thompson, and returning to Charleston for him to attend medical school there. In the summer of 2021, they made the move to Charlottesville for his residency at UVA. Annie Kate is thrilled at the opportunity God has given her to work for RUF once again as Campus Staff and to care for the women at UVA. Annie Kate loves doing anything outside, horseback riding, reading, and going on long walks with her dog Maggie. In May of 2022, Annie Kate and Thompson welcomed their first daughter, Susan!

Annie Brawner

Annie Brawner

Intern

Annie Brawner is from Dallas, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in English. She loves long walks, chocolate chip cookies, and a good book. RUF was her favorite place throughout her college experience, the sweetest community and a true testament to the Lord's goodness and faithfulness. She is so thankful for the way it has shaped the past four years of her life and is so excited to serve as an RUF Intern at the University of Virginia!

Matt Holdsworth

Matt Holdsworth

Intern

Matt is from Wilmington, NC where he studied biology and chemistry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In college, he met his wife Brooke. Brooke grew up near Winston-Salem, NC before going to UNCW and beginning a career in wedding photography. Matt loves playing sports with friends, reading a good book, and backpacking. He is thrilled to move to Virginia and begin connecting with students at UVA, where he hopes to help them see what it means to serve and enjoy the Lord in college.