University of Virginia

Join us Tuesdays at 8pm in Newcomb Ballroom the first two weeks of the semester! (Later weeks are TBA. 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 God, how to love ourselves, 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 loves 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. So we gather 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.

Love God | Love Neighbor | Love UVA

Join Us

Large Group

Tuesdays from 8-9:15 PM
in Newcomb Ballroom the first two weeks of the semester! (Later weeks are TBA.)

Small Groups

There are many!
Contact for further info

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 met at a bonfire (Kelley is a Saint Louis native), and a week later they ordered gelato and then went back for seconds. They got married and now have a daughter and a big dawg (as their daughter says it). Kelley has taught history, English, and special ed for the last 13 years. She will be the Academic Support Coordinator at the Covenant School. Josiah loves lawn games, local establishments, legendary adventures, and logophilia. Josiah served as campus minister at Tulane for seven years, and 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


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 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.