The Mission of RUF is Reaching Students for Christ and Equipping them to Serve.
The university is equipping and preparing students in areas of expertise. As students grow in their understanding of their degree programs, we also want them to grow in how they see the world. God did not create science, art, buisness, math, or education to separate from faith. Just the opposite, it is important to understand how our faith informs all aspects of our lives and world.
The gospel is true and therefore we cannot keep it to ourselves. RUF is committed to communicating the Good News in a respectful way. The communication will come out in our words, our actions, and how we use our resources. We do this in hopes that others, outside of our group, will be cared for and have the opportunity to hear about Jesus and his Good News.
Get in on the Ground Floor
RUF recognizes how formative the college years can be. As a result we seek to give students an opportunity to engage Jesus as we know him in the bible. We can ask all the hard questions and seek real answers. In addition, RUF sees the church as the key place for students to be. So we seek, not just to connect them to a ministry, but to a church that teaches the Bible as well.
We are already at work, here in Baltimore, preparing to open an RUF chapter at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). We have already started gathering students from the Baltimore Metro area for small group meetings and social events. We are anxious to be an officially recognized student organization on campus!!
Would you consider supporting RUF in Baltimore? From November 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, we are holding a matching event. Every dollar you give will be matched up to $20,000.00. Pledges for up to a year will be matched. You can give at https://www.givetoruf.org/donate/umbc or follow the link above.
Fall and Summer Conferences, Halloween and Christmas parties, game nights, dinners out and more are all on the agenda when it comes to social events. These help us discover new friends and create memories that last a life time.
One on Ones
The Campus Minister and Campus Staff are available to meet one on one with students. Here we engage students in discussions about life and faith. We talk about school, relationships, and all the other joys and struggles of our week. It is also a time we use this time to equip students for ministry.
RUF small groups are times for students to get together for bible study and discussion. As the ministry grows, students will go through a training process to be prepared to lead small group bible studies with their peers.
Large group is a time for the whole ministry to come together for worship, biblical teaching, and fellowship. We are looking forward to a time when we are ready to host large groups.
Trip is a peculiar combination of way past his prime athlete and nerd. Trip loves almost all sports and competition with specific interests in soccer, baseball (especially the Baltimore Orioles) and football (especially the Ravens). He is up to play just about anything from backyard whiffle ball to a table top game. He has also been collecting comic books since he was 12 years old. Trip is married to Joy and they have three kids.
To support this ministry go to: https://www.givetoruf.org/donate/umbc
Joy has been a full time mom, part time volunteer in ministry since she and Trip married in 1999. She has worked with middle school, high school and college students, in women’s ministry and peacemaking. She came on staff with RUF in 2017.
She has the incredible ability to get lost in Target, Whole Foods and any town she’s ever visited (or lives in). She loves reading, hanging out with students, making her 3 kids laugh hysterically and soy chai lattes.
To support Joy's work on campus go to: https://givetoruf.org/Donate?productid=1536