Who We Are
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Our local chapter is known as Harvard Undergraduate Fellowship (HUF). Although we are sent to the campus by the PCA, we welcome students from any and all walks of life - from a wide variety of church and religious backgrounds. We are here for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced." RUF brings to Harvard a heart for God and a love for the university campus. We reflect the historic positions of the Church, including: the full authority of the Bible; the necessity of new life in Christ; and the task of the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world and to equip believers for the work of ministry.
Being “Reformed” simply means that we hold to an historic and Protestant understanding of Christianity. Our ministry works to give students opportunities to wrestle with the truth of God’s Word in the Bible and see that the gospel speaks to every area of life. Christianity is not intended simply to make us “better” people; the Gospel makes us new people. We hope that many will come to know the One who is truth - Jesus Christ - and find new life in Him.
Jesus said, “I am making all things new!” RUF was born out of a desire to see the church minister without abandoning the campus or becoming lost in it. The university is a unique element of our society, and we must not neglect it. It is the dream of RUF to be a ministry “for our campus,” not for ourselves. We believe that the gospel can change any person and any place in Christ. Therefore, our leading question is not “what kind of ministry can we be?” but rather “what kind of university can this be?” We long to see Harvard (students, staff, faculty, programs, departments, and institutions!) transformed by the power and beauty of the presence of Christ.
The Christian faith is not something that can be lived out alone, for Christians are called to live within a very special community - the Church. We taste the life of heaven together. We face our struggles together. This deep fellowship is rooted in the new life given to us by Christ. RUF is committed to building up and inviting people into this unique and loving community. But we know that the glory of the Church is not her people. 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 - where God is at work, gathering His people, and strengthening them for work in His kingdom.