Derek moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 to begin a chapter of RUF at PITT. Born and raised in VA, he graduated from James Madison University, lived briefly in Ukraine, CO, and then St. Louis, MO where he graduated (again) from Covenant Theological Seminary. His wife Luda speaks 3 languages, works, tries to keep up with their 4 awesome kids, and bakes some out-of-this-world snacks for RUF. Derek enjoys reading, sports, lifting weights, fixing up broken things, good music, concerts, and drinking coffee with students.
About RUF @ PITT
RUF strives to be a safe community for all kinds of people to come and learn about God and His love. Whether you consider yourself a Christian, a cynic, burned out, or confused, RUF is a place for anyone to hear the good news of Jesus, ask questions, grow in understanding, and enjoy community.
RUF, the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, is on over 150 campuses across the nation, and was established at PITT in 2008.
As a student organization at PITT, we love the University, and think it is a wonderful place of people and ideas. We believe that your calling to be a student is an important one, a call that God delights in. It is our hope that in the midst of your call as a student at PITT, RUF would equip and encourage you to serve and lead well here, such that your fellow students, and the broader university, would benefit from the gospel's work in our midst.
Visit their website: https://www.pitt.ruf.org/