Brent Kilman (Rowan University) is passionate about three things: Jesus, his family, and the Chicago Cubs. During any five-minute conversation with him, he promises that these topics will be discussed. After graduating from Covenant College with a B.A. in History, Brent intended to study law while working in youth ministry for a season. One year of ministry upended his plans. That year, several students put their faith in Christ, and Brent found his life’s passion – helping people meet Jesus. Instead of completing a law degree, Brent earned an M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. While in Florida Brent served at a Korean church where he met his wife, Juli. After finishing seminary, Brent and Juli moved to New Jersey where Brent worked as a youth minister. His burden to see people in New Jersey come to know Jesus more led Brent to plant New Jersey’s first RUF campus ministry at Rowan University, a growing regional and national university with a well-regarded engineering school. Brent and Juli have one son, Eben, who is five years old. They enjoy being active and spending time with friends and neighbors.
RUF at Rowan University
Michael Goodlin (Lehigh University) found his way to RUF through his former youth group leader, Trip Beans. Michael, a native of Pasadena, MD, was pursuing his M.A.R. in Biblical studies at Westminster Theological Seminary while living in Lancaster, PA, near Millersville. Trip encouraged Michael to assist RUF Millersville for his internship with New City Fellowship of Lancaster. After graduating from seminary in 2015, Michael continued volunteering at RUF Millersville for two years, while working in sales and installation at the Fence Experts, an organization he joined in 2013. He left the Fence Experts in 2017 to minister at Lehigh University.
As an undergraduate, Michael attended Nyack College in Nyack, NY, where he studied communications with a focus on music business. After graduating in 2008, Michael worked in sales and management at Enterprise Rent-A-Car until 2012. Michael met Natasha at Nyack. He was a senior. She was a freshman. Although she was immediately attracted to Michael, he took three years to realize that she was the woman for him. The two were married in 2012 and have four children. Natasha frequently attends large group and loves meeting the quirky and passionate students at Lehigh University. When he’s not on campus, Michael can be found playing with his kids, reading, mountain biking, or tinkering around the house.
RUF at Lehigh University
Cam Smith (Penn State University) As a student at Penn State University, Cam Smith was not looking to become a Christian, but to his surprise, he fell in love with Jesus through a RUF Bible study. Cam, a native of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State in 2008. His wife, Kaela, also became a Christian through RUF. Kaela grew up in Bradenton, FL and attended Erskine College in South Carolina, where Cam was a RUF intern. They were married in 2010 and spent their first years of marriage in Saint Louis, Missouri, while Cam attended Covenant Seminary. He graduated in 2013. Cam and Kaela have two daughters and a son, Zoe (2013), Lucy (2015), and Penn (2019). After completing seminary, Cam was called to serve as the RUF campus minister at Carson-Newman University for five years. In 2019, he returned to serve as the RUF minister at his alma mater, Penn State.
RUF at Penn State University
Richard Smith (RUF-I at Penn State University)
grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina and graduated from Winthrop College in Rock Hill in 1981 with a degree in Production Management. While there he grew in the Lord through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and led a small group. God called Richard to ministry at an Urbana Missions Convention. He earned an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1987. Since then Richard has served three churches: Covenant PCA in Fayetteville, Georgia as Associate Pastor for nine years; First PCA in Florala, Alabama as Senior Pastor for four years; and Northgate PCA in Albany, Georgia as Senior Pastor for fifteen years. In the last eight years Richard directed Northgate’s International Ministry at the Darton College, where he ministered to more than sixty students annually. It was this international ministry that led Richard to become an RUF-I minister. He ministers to the 8,400 international students on the Penn State campus. Richard and his wife, Lynne, have two children. He enjoys reading, sports, gardening, and exploring places of history.
RUF-I at Penn State University
Oliver Pierce (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
A love of the church and a love of college students drew Oliver into campus ministry. Oliver was raised in a Christian family in Knoxville, Tennessee. While in college, he explored his childhood faith first through podcasts, then through the RUF ministry. He graduated in 2011 with a double major in philosophy and English from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). After graduation, Oliver served as a RUF intern at his alma mater. Once the internship was completed, he worked for a year at Amazon warehouse and a year as an assistant district attorney in Murfeesboro, Tennessee. In 2014, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend seminary and to become a pastoral intern with the college ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Westminster Seminary (M. Div.) in 2018 on his fourth wedding anniversary. Oliver had married his middle-school crush, Kim, in 2014. Kim’s outgoing personality and contagious enthusiasm cultivate a welcoming environment in college ministry. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, in August 2018. Oliver is a versatile musician. Primarily a guitarist, he also plays drums, bass, mandolin, banjo, and piano. He enjoys traveling with Kim and looks forward to cycling on Western Pennsylvania’s many rails-to-trails bike paths.
RUF at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Derek Bates (University of Pittsburgh), a lover of cross-cultural ministry, appreciates the diversity of living in an urban context in Pittsburgh. Derek hails from rural Virginia and attended James Madison University before pursuing theological training at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. During his many years in seminary, Derek served as a pastoral intern. In 2008, after exploring campus ministry opportunities abroad, Derek shifted gears toward domestic campus ministry with RUF. Derek is married to Luda, a native of Ukraine, and they have four children whom they are raising to be bilingual.
RUF at University of Pittsburgh
Nate Bower (University of Akron)
When Nate Bower founded the RUF ministry at the University of Akron, he was returning to his hometown of Akron, Ohio and his alma mater. Nate’s parents had faithfully taught him about the Christian faith and Nate professed himself a Christian at an early age. Nate’s childhood faith matured and deepened through a community of believers at the University of Akron. In 2009, he graduated, majoring in biology and specializing in animal physiology. That year he also married his beautiful wife, Naomi. After graduation, Nate served as an intern with RUF at Belhaven University. When Nate completed his internship in 2011, he enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Caroline. He graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2014. In January 2015, Nate launched the ministry at the University of Akron. Nate and Naomi have two children, Ruby (2013) and William (2017). An outdoorsman, Nate enjoys hunting and fishing. He regularly exercises through Crossfit and triathlon training.
RUF at University of Akron
Peter Green (West Virginia University)
Peter Green is one of the few people who can claim to have written his doctoral thesis while working on an oil rig in Alaska’s North Slope. The second of five brothers, Peter was raised in a supportive Christian family who home-schooled him for most of his elementary and secondary education. After graduation, he studied international relations at Lehigh University in his hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. There, a friend mentored him in his faith. Through this friend’s encouragement, Peter developed a passion for studying the Bible. Peter graduated in 2006 and enrolled in Covenant Theological Seminary. At Covenant, he met his wife, Megan, who was also pursuing a Master of Divinity. Peter completed his degree in 2010; Megan finished in 2012. After seminary, Peter pursued a doctorate in Biblical theology at Wheaton College. Peter and Megan lived in Illinois for four years before they moved to Alaska to live with Megan’s parents. There, Peter helped found a PCA church. Once the church called a full-time pastor, Peter began working in janitorial services on an oil rig in the North Slope. The schedule allowed him to complete his thesis while supporting his family. He received his Ph.D. in 2016. That year, Peter and Megan were called to start a RUF ministry at West Virginia University. The Greens live with their four kids — Eli (2011), Amelia (2013), Isaac (2016), Lydia (2019) – two goats, several rabbits, and an assortment of chickens.
RUF at West Virginia University
Joey Barnet (University of Delaware)
As an RUF Interim Campus Minister Associate at the University of Delaware, Joey Barnet is looking forward to bringing years of college teaching, doctoral study, and seminary studies to bear on his ministry. Along with wife Ruth and 4-month-old Grace, moving back to Delaware will mean a return to family near Silver Spring, Maryland as well as a return to his first spiritual home of RUF. It was through RUF at University of Maryland College Park that Joey “stumbled across” a campus minister who first shared the Gospel and the doctrines of grace with him. After graduating with a degree in psychology and pre-medical concentration, he continued involvement with RUF as an alumni and met his wife at an RUF event he had helped organize.
While interning with RUF was first considered by Joey five years ago, he realized that the demands of his PhD program in experimental psychology at East Tennessee State University would make it wiser to wait. Now, he’s thrilled to be able to apply his gifts in a new way to campus ministry and vocational ministry beyond as he continues classes at Reformed Theological Seminary (D.C. campus). When Joey isn’t preparing to defend his dissertation, he is hiking in new places with his family, reading Aristotelian or existentialist philosophy, getting up to his family’s home in Vermont, or playing Super Smash Bros. He’s also fluent in Spanish, a little in German, and his absolute favorite food is home-smoked BBQ!
RUF at University of Delaware
Rick Gray (RUF-I at the University of Delaware), a long-suffering fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, and 76ers, began serving as a campus minister for international students in June 2010 at his alma mater in his hometown of Newark, Delaware. Prior to joining RUF-I, Rick was a missionary with Mission to the World in East Africa for more than 20 years. Rick’s familiarity with RUF dates back to the late 1980s when some of his Covenant Theological Seminary classmates pioneered RUF on their college campuses. But Rick’s own journey with RUF began when family medical concerns necessitated a return to U.S. soil. Several elders in his presbytery then encouraged Rick to continue his passion for cross-cultural ministry through RUF-I. Rick is married to Wendy, whom he met while they were both serving as missionaries in Uganda, and they have three sons.
RUF-I at University of Delaware
Daryl Wattley, Jr. (Delaware State University), an eternal optimist, has enthusiastically started the first RUF ministry at DSU, one of the nation’s historically black universities. While a student at Georgia Southern University, Daryl was involved in both RUF and Campus Outreach. After completing his undergraduate career in 2006 (B.S. Public Speaking), Daryl moved on to become the first African-American graduate to earn an M.Div from Reformed Theological Seminary’s campus in his hometown of Atlanta. Since then he has split his time between media and ministry, including positions at Georgia Public Broadcasting and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. In 2014, Daryl moved from Georgia to begin an RUF ministry that would blend his passion for serving college students and reaching the African-American community with the Gospel. In his spare time, Daryl can be heard playing the trombone, piano, bass guitar, or percussion instruments. Daryl is married to Laria, and they have two children, a daughter (September, 2018) and a son (May, 2020).
RUF at Delaware State University
Jacob Jasin (RUF-I Johns Hopkins University)
Jacob grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and traveled to Louisiana to pursue his MBA at Southeastern Louisiana University. There, God revealed to him the need to reach international students with the gospel, and he has served in international campus ministry since. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2001, and enrolled at Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia, receiving his master’s degree through online education in Christian Leadership in 2008. After nine years serving international campus ministry in Louisiana, Jacob worked for nine years as the Director of Briarwood International Outreach at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. During his time there, he completed his M. Div. at Birmingham Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister of the gospel in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Jacob moved to Baltimore and started RUF International campus ministry at Johns Hopkins University in fall 2018. Jacob is married to Pei. They enjoy hiking and playing tennis.
RUF-I at Johns Hopkins University
Chris Garriott (University of Maryland), a native of Baltimore County, MD, is passionate about the Baltimore Orioles and eating local crabs. Chris earned a degree in Civil Engineering at Geneva College and worked in the field in his home state of Maryland before deciding to attend Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Following his seminary graduation, Chris stayed in St. Louis to teach Bible and coach baseball at a local Christian high school and then spent eight years in youth ministry in Oklahoma. Chris returned to his home turf in 2006 to pursue the call to campus ministry.
RUF at University of Maryland
Trip Beans (University of Maryland – Baltimore County), a long-time collector of comic books, also has many years of ministry experience under his belt. For more than 17 years, Trip served as the Director of Youth Ministries for two churches, one of which (Wheatland Presbyterian) is located in Lancaster, PA, about five miles from Millersville. Trip studied sociology at Geneva College and later earned his M.Div. from Chesapeake Reformed Theological Seminary in his home state of Maryland. Both of Trip’s brothers were involved in RUF at Towson University, and Trip was exposed to RUF through his role in youth ministry, but when Trip attended the summer conference with students from Wheatland, he was inspired to pursue RUF ministry for himself. Trip started the ministry at Millersville, where he served from 2013 – 2020. He is now launching the first RUF at UMBC! Trip is married to Joy, whom he met through a college and career group at church, and they have three children.
RUF at University of Maryland – Baltimore County
Cyril Chavis (Howard University)
Cyril Chavis Jr. is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. During his first year at the University of Virginia, Cyril recognized that he was a sinner who was rebelling against a God who has a glorious design for his life. Cyril recognized his desperate need and gave his life to Jesus Christ,experiencing the life transforming grace of God. Soon afterwards, he sensed an inward call to ministry and immediately pursued the training necessary to sharpen his ministerial gifting. After being licensed to preach in Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church by Dr. Shelton Murphy, becoming a church planting resident at Portico Church, and graduating from UVA with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Cyril began his formal training, pursuing a Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. During his seminary training, he became a ministry intern under Elbert McGowan. After graduating seminary in 2017 and leading RUF at Jackson State for four years, Cyril and his wife, Jenell, are excited about RUF at Howard. When Cyril is not at work in ministry, you can find him hanging out with Jenell, goofing off with his two daughters (Aria and Elise), or laughing way too hard with friends and family!
RUF at Howard University
Matthew DeLong (RUF-I at George Mason University)
Although Matthew was unaware of it, God had carefully prepared him for ministry to international college students throughout his life. A native of Kentucky, Matthew studied music education at Murray State University in western Kentucky. Matthew studied abroad for a semester in Germany. There, he experienced the challenges of pursuing an education in a distant country with a different culture. In the summer of 2001, Matthew worked as a summer counselor at Marannook, a Bible training center and Christian camp in Alabama. After completing his degree in 2002, Matthew became a full-time staff member at Marannook, where he worked for the next five years. He particularly enjoyed mentoring younger staff and teaching Bible study skills to the college-age counselors who worked at the camp during the summer. Matthew left Marannook to pursue his M. Div. at Westminster Seminary in California. While at seminary, he met his wife, Sherrene, who was pursuing her M.A. in theological studies. Matthew received his degree in 2010. He then began a presbytery internship at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Auburn, Alabama. Matthew’s pastor at Covenant encouraged him to consider becoming a RUF-International minister. While preparing to start RUF-International at Auburn University, he realized that his semester abroad, years working with college-age students, and other cross-cultural experiences prepared him for this ministry. Matthew launched a new RUF-International chapter at Auburn University in 2014, where he served for four years before coming to George Mason. Matthew and Sherrene have one son, Isaac (2016), whose adoption from India was finalized in 2018. Matthew enjoys reading, hiking, and playing sports. He and Sherrene look forward to welcoming the nations at George Mason University.
RUF-I at George Mason University
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