RUF stands for Reformed University Fellowship and is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. As a Christian ministry at UH, we seek to know Jesus Christ and experience the gospel in fellowship with others. The purpose of RUF, therefore, is to build a community on the Houston campus that 1) reaches students of divergent beliefs and doubts with the message of the gospel and 2) equips students to love and serve Jesus and his Church.
Our commitment as a campus ministry is to “the gospel” (or, “the good news”) as it is revealed in the Bible. And, we hold to the historic Christian faith, especially as recovered and celebrated in the Reformation. This means we believe that through the Bible alone we can know that salvation comes by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, all to the glory of God alone.
Our intention is not to "speak at" the Houston campus. Rather, we want to enter in and be part of the university’s life. We are here for the convinced and for the unconvinced. We believe the university is a place where students learn, grow, and reach others in the midst of the campus, not in spite of it. The campus, then, is not reduced to a convenient pretext to do evangelism; rather, it is the place where God has providentially placed students to prepare for legitimate vocations after graduation.
We want to see students engaging Christianity with one another on the campus – in large groups, small groups, and one-on-one; as well as in a local gospel preaching church. Community is necessary for the Christian faith, but RUF is NOT a substitute for the church. RUF is an expression of the church ministering on campus to reach and equip students.
Every student is welcome to join RUF at the University of Houston. Regardless of personal or religious background you are welcome at RUF. 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.