Wake Forest University
Join us every Tuesday night at 8 PM (location TBA)
Welcome to RUF at Wake Forest! We are a community of students on campus seeking to love God and love our neighbor. Our goal is to help students come to understand, know, and follow Jesus Christ as they walk through their college years, and to help lay a foundation for a lifetime of following Jesus and serving him in all areas of life.
Jesus said that he did not come to save the righteous, but sinners. At RUF, we do not wish to pretend to have it all together. We are people in need of grace. Consequently, all are welcome to be part of our group, regardless of personal or religious background. RUF exists for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced," the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical, or spiritual. Whoever you are and whatever your story, RUF exists for you.
Meet Our Team
John has been the RUF Campus Minister at Wake Forest University since 2015. John was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. He graduated from Tulane University (BA Politics ’06) Reformed Theological Seminary (MDiv ’13). Previously, John served as an associate pastor for City Church of Richmond and on field staff with FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), where he met his wife, Mary Clarke. Mary Clarke is a graduate of Meredith College (BA in Communications ’05) and prior to staying home with their children, worked in full-time ministry with FOCUS.
John and Mary Clarke have three children: Leo, Mary Landon, and George.
Susan is originally from Birmingham, AL. She graduated in December ’19 from UNC Chapel Hill after studying Psychology and Speech & Hearing Sciences. She loves summer camp, Snapchat memories, ballet, and the band Lake Street Dive. She’s married to Wake’s male intern, Matt! Susan’s favorite part of college was being a part of RUF at UNC, and she’s excited to work for a ministry that means so much to her.
Matt is from Greenville, North Carolina, which he affectionately calls, "The less cool Greenville." He lived there for 18 years before going to UNC - Chapel Hill for school, where he majored in English and Communication Studies. He graduated UNC in May 2019 and moved to Winston-Salem, NC to work as an RUF intern in August 2019. If you haven't already been able to tell, he's been a North Carolina guy his whole life.
In middle school, Matt started thinking about working in full-time ministry. 10 years later, he's still pursuing it. He sees the RUF internship as a great opportunity right out of college to minister to college students, grow in his understanding of ministry, and take a first-step in what could be a lifetime of doing ministry.