University of Washington

Join us every Wednesday at 8 PM in JHN 102

Welcome to RUF UW! We are an campus ministry at UW made up of a diverse group of students seeking to know, love, and serve Jesus together in community. Our ministry is not just for Christians, though, we are open to anyone looking to explore their faith. Alongside our student leaders, we have an ordained campus minister as well as a full-time campus intern who would love to connect with you and answer any questions about faith, life at UW, or any thing else you would be interested in talking about! RUF UW is a place where students can make good friends, ask good questions, and hear good news!

Join Us

Large Group

Wednesdays at 8 PM
JHN 102

First-Year Fellowship

Mondays at 7pm
in the HUB


Meet Our Team

David Birnie

David Birnie

Campus Minister

David and his wife Krista were called to work for RUF at the University of Washington in 2020. They met through RUF at Stanford University. David is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell seminary as well as Wake Forest University, where he was first introduced to RUF.

Born in California, David has lived all over the country, including Colorado, Massachusetts, and now, Washington. If he's not hanging out with students at UW, you might be able to find him reading in a coffee shop, watching movies (or old episodes of The Office, Arrested Development, and Seinfeld), playing basketball, ping pong, or enjoying the great outdoors in a variety of ways including (but not limited to) hiking, biking, golfing, rowing, kayaking, swimming, or any other way he can try to keep up with UW students.

David and Krista met when David was interning with RUF at Stanford and Krista was a grad student. It was love at first site (well, maybe, not quite), and they got married in 2010. They have three kids: Annika (2014), Micah (2017), and Nate (2019). Each one is an absolute delight, and they are all excited about meeting more students at UW.

Kate Ezzell

Kate Ezzell


Kate graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She and her husband, Jacob, traded the Appalachian mountains for the PNW. On a sunny day (which is admittedly somewhat rare in Seattle), you can find Kate walking, hiking, listening to an audiobook, climbing, or bike riding. On a rainy day, you can find her drinking good coffee, listening to an audiobook, climbing in the gym, playing games, or watching a good movie. Her favorite thing about RUF is by far the students. Her time at RUF at App State taught her that people are resilient! And God loves to show His glory through college ministry.