RUF

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is more than just a university campus ministry; we seek to be a ministry for the university. We strive to serve at this unique stage of student life…in the world they live in; exploring together the Lordship of Christ in every area of life. We are the Church going to the campus with the message of Jesus Christ. As a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, RUF holds to the convictions of historic Christianity, which motivates our hearts for God and love for the university. These convictions include: the need for new life in Christ, the authority of the Scriptures, and the mission of the Church to reach and equip all people with the gospel message.

Cam Smith grew up in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State in 2008. Both he and his wife became Christians in RUF at their respective colleges. His wife Kaela grew up in Bradenton, FL and the two met halfway in the state of South Carolina. At that time Kaela was a student at Erskine College where Cam was an RUF intern. They spent their first years of marriage in Saint Louis, MO while Cam attended Covenant Seminary (2010-2013). They have three children Zoe (b. 2013), Lucy (b. 2015), and Penn (b. 2019). Cam served as the RUF campus minister at Carson-Newman from 2014-2019. Cam started at Penn State since 2019.


Richard Smith is the RUF International campus minister at Penn State University. He is a graduate of both Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). His wife of 25 years, Lynne, was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. They have one son, Rick (22), who is currently at Georgia Southern University, and one daughter, Evelyn (20), who is married to Tony Powell and lives in New Jersey. Richard and Lynne are excited to be working with the many international students at Penn State University.


Trip Beans and his family moved to Millersville University in 2013 to serve with RUF. Trip attended Geneva College and Chesapeake Reformed Theological Seminary. He served as Director of Youth Ministries in two churches before coming to RUF. Outside of ministry Trip enjoys sports, particularly soccer, comic books, and table top games. Most of all Trip enjoys spending time with his family. He is married to the love of his life, Joy. They have three children Luke, Adelyn, and Kya