Charles Garland is our minister. He and Julie moved to Tucson in late 2017 to start the new church in Midtown. They have previously served churches in Alabama, Oregon and Georgia.
Dan Smith is the campus minister for RUF at the U of A. Dan grew up in North East Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in Letters from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. He served as the university ministry director (Second Wind Ministries) at First Presbyterian Church in Norman, OK for 3 years. In August 2008, Dan married Brittany 2 weeks before moving to St. Louis, MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. He graduated from Covenant with his Masters of Divinity in May 2012 and began working with RUF at the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College in June of 2012. Dan was ordained as a Teaching Elder (Pastor) in the Presbyterian Church in America in October of 2012. Dan and Brittany have been discerning God's call to move west for sometime and are excited to be starting the RUF at the U of A.
Brittany Smith, a native of Mesquite, TX graduated with her BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. In God's humorous providence, he sent her to the heathen lands of Oklahoma to be the RUF intern at the University of Oklahoma. After marrying Dan, she studied at Covenant Seminary and received her MA in Educational Ministries in 2011.
Dan and Brittany have one son, Jonah who was born in the Fall of 2011. They also have a daughter, Penelope who was born November 2013