Valdosta State University
Join us Tuesdays at 7.30 PM | Third Floor Student Union
Welcome to RUF at VSU! We are a campus ministry of the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) for any and every college student at Valdosta State. Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a great place to wrestle with your greatest questions about life and grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. We are committed to being a place where you can find community, grow in your faith, and learn more about what it means to be a follower of Christ throughout life. We would love the opportunity to connect with you.
Meet Our Team
John grew up in Louisville, GA. In the fall of 2001, he began attending RUF at the University of Georgia where God used this time to reveal to him his need of Christ. He should have met his future wife (Sarah) during this time, however they did not meet until years later. John studied History while at UGA, played lots of ultimate frisbee with RUF friends, and attended many football games cheering on the Dawgs. After graduation, he worked in banking in both Athens and Augusta, GA. It was while in Augusta that John met his wife Sarah, while she working as a nurse, through some common friends that they knew from RUF. They were married in 2009. It was also during this time that John began to sense a call into vocational ministry. In 2011, the Gordys moved to St. Louis, MO where John attended Covenant Theological Seminary; he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 2014. John ministered to students while serving in youth ministry at churches in Decatur, AL and Rochester, MN after seminary. The Gordys have two girls, Grace and Charlotte who are always full of energy.
Unexpectedly and much to their surprise, God called the Gordys back south in the spring of 2019 to serve with RUF. He is thankful for the opportunity to give back to a ministry that has been so influential on his life. In his spare time, John enjoys listening to 80’s music, reading, and watching Georgia football. Although, he is excited to serve at a campus where there is a real football national champion. Go Blazers!
Natalie grew up in rural Indiana, just outside of West Lafayette. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Political Science. In her free time she enjoys playing the drums, watching Disney movies, listening to old music, going to Taco Bell with friends, and trying all the flavors of Mountain Dew! She had never heard of RUF before coming to college, but her involvement in Indiana University's RUF and the community she found there defined her college experience. As an RUF student, she loved meeting one-on-one with her interns, so as an intern she is most looking forward to meeting with students. She can't wait to get to work at Valdosta State!