Reformed University Ministries grew out of the passion of young, Presbyterian ministers in the southeastern United States in the late 1970's. These individuals dreamed of a campus ministry that was both theologically honest and winsomely welcoming. From those passions grew two great convictions.

The first was that campus ministry ought to be centered on the word of God proclaimed. "If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead," said Jesus. "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ," said Paul. A commitment to Scripture as being the only rule of faith and practice was to be the guiding principle of all campus ministry.

The second was that campus ministry needed the community of the church. Jesus promised that when his followers were sent out that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." The church was both responsible and equipped to bring the gospel to the campus to see students reached for Christ and equipped to serve.

Although RUF is sent to the campus by the Presbyterian Church in America, we welcome students from any and all walks of life. We exist for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced." Students from a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds are involved in RUF on over a hundred campuses in the United States.

As a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, RUF holds to the core beliefs of historic Christianity which motivate our heart for God and love for the university. A summary of our beliefs can be found here .  The PCA's full doctrinal statement is the Westminster Confession of Faith to which all campus ministers subscribe."