Western Kentucky University

Join us every Wednesday at 7:30 PM in The Chapel

Our mission in RUF at WKU is to reach students for Christ and equip them to serve. What this means is we long to be a ministry that demonstrates and offers the generous kindness of Jesus Christ to all students on campus, and invite them into a community where they can experience, receive and grow in his love during college. We seek to accomplish this mission through nights of worship every Wednesday, weekly small groups discussions and Bible studies, one on one conversations, and also through conferences and parties. No matter who you are, or what you believe, we hope you will join us and experience for yourself the welcome and hospitality of the Lord Jesus.

Join Us

Large Group

Wednesdays at 7:30pm
The Chapel

Prayer Bible Study

Mondays at 5 PM
in DSU 3018

Esther Bible Study

Tuesdays at 4:30 PM
in The Commons

Meet Our Team

James Jardin

James Jardin

Campus Minister

James was born in Italy as the son of a career Air Force officer. He first attended University of West Florida for two years and then finished the last two years and graduated from Valdosta State University where he received a degree in Music (vocal performance) and met his lovely wife, Leah. James and Leah married in July 2004 and have three sons, Solomon, Micaiah (twins born 2011), and Boaz (born 2014). James graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in May 2015. Coming from working as a youth minister since 2015 and transitioning to the university setting, James and Leah are so excited that God has called them to Western Kentucky University to share the love of God through King Jesus with the students there.

Janie Fortner

Janie Fortner


Janie graduated from Winthrop University in 2022 with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Religion. By the Lords grace Janie immediately stumbled upon RUF her freshman year in college. She experienced the gospel full of hope and truth and that changed everything in her life. RUF continued to be a blessing for her all through college and was a place where she experienced deep community, and was met with a lot of love and grace. Throughout her time at RUF different staff and interns consistently invested in her, asked her questions, listened, cared deeply, and pointed her to Jesus. Janie is super excited to be an intern at Western Kentucky University! In Janie’s free time she enjoys going on adventures with her dog Lewis, spending time with people, playing board games, building lego sets and doing most anything outside! She also enjoys any game or competition. Some of her favorites to play right now are pickleball, spikeball, Lacrosse, and ultimate frisbee. Janie is excited to see all the ways God is at work at Western Kentucky University!