Campus Pastor: Derek Bates
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.
If you'd like to meet to discuss life in college, faith, doubt, good music, or Oct baseball, just email him.
Campus Staff: Callie Miller
Callie began work with RUF after studying and doing research science for the better part of 10 years, at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC (where she earned her BS in Biology) and at the University of Pittsburgh (where she earned herMS in molecular neuropharmacology).
It was in Pittsburgh that she fell in love with Christ, and God radically changed her heart and calling through the gospel, His church and community.
It was also in Pittsburgh that Callie met James, a linguiphile who studied linguistics and German at Pitt, and loves all things J.R.R Tolkien. They bonded over discussing personality types, appreciating mundane graces, and exploring places and ideas.
After Callie finished an internship with RUF at Penn State, James and Callie were married in the summer of 2014. Calliethen served as campus staff with RUF Lynchburg at Sweet Briar Women’s College, and she has been recently called to serve with RUF at the University of Pittsburgh.
Callie is delighted by conversation, good food, yoga, dimples, and big earrings. She loves discussing how people relate, and she also loves to dance. If you would like to talk with her about science, faith, life, or yourself, just email her.
Intern Zenny Jua
Zenny was born in Maryland but grew up in Cameroon until she came back to the US in 2013 for further studies. She came to truly know The Lord in 2014 after she was presented with a clear message of the gospel, by a friend, reading the Bible, and listening to Paul Washer’s “A shocking youth message” on YouTube.
She transferred to the University of Maryland from community college where she got involved with RUF in her senior year and fell in love with everything RUF. “A community of people who love the Lord and love you where you are, and gospel centered preaching” is how she often describes her experience. That drew her to want to offer that through RUF to other students as an intern.
She does not understand American football, but loves to dance, sing and have good times and conversations with people. Zenny is super delighted to be used by God in reaching students with the gospel and walking alongside them as she and they both grow in the knowledge and love of a God who intentionally and particularly cares for his blood bought children!