Vanderbilt University

Join us every Wednesday night at 8 PM in Benton Chapel

Vanderbilt RUF is a student organization that seeks to spread the "gospel" (the good news of Jesus Christ) through ourselves and into the campus by word, deed, and lifestyle. We believe the gospel is what brings about personal change, social healing, and cultural renewal. Everyone is welcome regardless of personal or religious background.

Vanderbilt RUF is here for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced," the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical, or spiritual. We invite you no matter where you are in the process.

Join Us

Large Group

Wednesdays at 8 PM
Benton Chapel

Isaiah 58 | Opportunity to serve the Homeless of Nashville

Thursdays at 11 AM
At the corner of 16th Ave. and Grand Ave.

Freshman Bible Study

Mondays at 4 PM
Commons Fireside Lounge


Student Interest Form

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Meet Our Team

Richie Sessions

Richie Sessions

Campus Minister

Richie is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. He and Laura met in college and were married in 2000. He graduated from Belmont University and attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. In 2004 he graduated from RTS with an Masters of Divinity. He ministered as the Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, MS from 2004-2007 before becoming the Assistant Pastor to Young Adults at Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2009, Richie was called to be the Senior Pastor at IPC where he served until 2015. In 2015 Richie was called to RUF at Vanderbilt. Richie and Laura have three children, Mamie, Griffin, and Margaret.

Maria Caprio

Maria Caprio


Maria is from Huntsville, AL and graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor's and master's degree in Accounting. She loves the Crimson Tide, but is learning to say hook ‘em horns! Maria enjoys being outside, spending time with her friends and family, and jamming to a good road trip playlist. While at Alabama, RUF showed Maria what Christian community looks like and helped strengthen her identity in Christ while creating friendships that will last well beyond her college years. Maria is excited to meet the students at UT and to see how the Lord is at work on campus already.

Blair McFadden

Blair McFadden


Blair is so excited about returning home as she was born and raised in Nashville, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2019. She studied Marketing at Tennessee and was involved with RUF throughout her time at UT. She loves anything involving sports and has a lots of love for the VOLS, but is learning to say Anchor Down! Blair enjoys being outside, spending time with her friends and family, and listening to music. Blair is excited to meet the students at Vanderbilt and to see what the Lord is doing on campus already.

Specner Sipe


Spencer is a Memphis, TN native and an alumni from the University of Memphis! He spent all four years at the U of M involved with RUF helping lead worship and being involved on their servant team. After graduating in May 2020 and working for the last year, he decided to get back into RUF ministry in an internship role. He loves sports, movies, video games, rock climbing, and so much more. Spencer is excited to spend time with students to remind them that it's okay to not be okay, and to use his story as a means to show the grace of Christ and how the Lord's redemption is at work.