University of Virginia
Join us Tuesdays from 8-9:15 PM in the University Chapel
Welcome to RUF at the University of Virginia! We are a community of students on Grounds learning how to love God, how to love our own selves, how to love one another, and how to love this world. And yet, we are bound by the, even greater, conviction that God is love, that God actually love us, that God loves our neighbors, and that God loves this world.
We believe He has revealed this to us in Jesus Christ, who is the image of the invisible God and the embodiment of God's love, and that through knowing and communing with Him, we have access to that love as well. In light of this, we gather together in Large Groups, Small Groups, and one-on-ones in the hope that we will continue to encounter and be increasingly changed by this love.
Meet Our Team
Robert Cunningham is a native of Macon, GA and a graduate of Auburn University and Covenant Theological Seminary. Robert met his wife Katherine during their undergraduate years at Auburn. Prior to serving as the RUF Campus Minister at UVA, Robert and Katherine spent just over four years in college ministry (one abroad and the rest at their alma mater), three years in St. Louis where Robert was a seminary student and worked for the Francis Schaeffer Institute.
Robert, Katherine, and their two kids are thrilled to be serving with RUF at UVA! In their free time, the Cunninghams enjoy going on walks/runs around Charlottesville, exploring Grounds with their kids, and enjoying delicious meals with friends.
Annie Brawner is from Dallas, TX 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!
Cole was raised in Nashville, Tennessee and quickly developed a love for the outdoors and sports at a young age. He went one state south for college, to the University of Alabama where he majored in Management Informations Systems and began painting in his free time. Putting computer science, art, and a global wanderlust aside, Cole followed a decisive tug to work for RUF at UVA and is enjoying his work with UVA students in his new Virginian home.
Originally from Pawleys Island, SC, Chris graduated from the University of Virginia in 2020 with a degree in Systems and Information Engineering. While at UVA, Chris deeply enjoyed the RUF community and grew immensely from relationships with RUF staff, interns and peers. After a brief stint working as a consultant in Washington, D.C., Chris felt called to return to student ministry as an RUF Intern and is excited to step into being a part of the relational work that was so impactful to him. In his free time, Chris enjoys golfing, running, hiking and spending time with friends and family.