Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is a student ministry for Florida Atlantic University that was founded in 2016. In 2014 some local churches and pastors contacted Jeff about the possibility of starting an RUF ministry at FAU. After several conversations, much prayer, and a conviction that the hand of God was behind this movement, the Lee family moved from Tampa down to Boca Raton to begin this work.
RUF is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Though we exist on campus through the PCA, you will find many students from a wide variety of backgrounds involved in our ministry at FAU. We welcome students from all walks of life to our group. Whether you are new to Christianity, are convinced of it's truth, or still remain skeptical, we would love for you to join us.
What is Reformed?
The word "reformed" identifies our theological perspective--we operate from a Biblical worldview that is rooted in the rich tradition of the Protestant Reformation. Our teaching and ministry are informed by reformed theology, including a commitment to faith in Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation. Contrary to the idea that "truth" is relative or unknowable, Christianity stands upon very clear and specific truth claims. Jesus taught that we must believe who he claimed to be and hold to his teachings. Our ministry is set up in such a way that students are given opportunities to wrestle with the truth (through the Bible--God's word), and to see that the gospel speaks to every need and every area of life. Through exposure to truth, we hope that many will come to know the One who is truth, Jesus Christ.
Why the University?
We believe the university is one of the greatest mission fields in our country. The university represents an incredible diversity of people, beliefs, thoughts, hopes, and ambitions. The college campus is on the cutting edge of cultural ideas and is influencing the next generation of leaders. We believe it is a vital time in a student's life to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God's Word and how it applies to their lives. Further, the college years represent a critical time where many come to faith in Christ for the first time. It's for these reasons that we exist at FAU and seek to be a ministry for FAU.
The Christian faith is not something that can be lived out alone. The Christian is called to live within community--the Church. We face our struggles together; we taste the life of heaven together. RUF is committed to building up and inviting people into this unique and loving community. The glory of the church is not her people, however. Her glory is her Redeemer, Christ the Lord! Because Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for her, we are then delighted to gather under her care. It is here that God is at work, gathering his people, and strengthening them for the work of his kingdom.