Staff

Eric Whitley, Campus Minister

Eric and and his wife, Stephanie, were both born and raised in Kentucky. They met in Lexington, KY after Eric graduated from Indiana University and Stephanie graduated both from Western Kentucky University (undergrad) and the University of Kentucky (grad school). In 2007, they got married, moved to Saint Louis, and started their lives together as Eric attended Covenant Seminary and Stephanie worked. In 2011, they were called to remain in Saint Louis where Eric started serving as an Assistant Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Right around that same time, their daughter Anna Katherine came along, then son Callan in 2012, son Lawson in 2014, and finally daughter Cora in 2017. They could not be more thrilled to be in Bloomington and to be serving on IU's campus. Eric and Stephanie have long had a heart for young adults and college students and are so excited to be ministering to students at IU. They enjoy spending time with their 4 crazy kids, trying new foods and restaurants, playing golf, going on dates, eating sushi, and catching the latest show on Netflix. 

eric.whitley@ruf.org / 314.630.1711

Mary Paxton Gibson, Campus Staff

Mary Paxton grew up in Jackson, MS before heading off to college in Dallas, TX at Southern Methodist University. She graduated from SMU in May of 2016 with a degree in Psychology. She has been involved with RUF throughout her entire time in college ever since the RUF BBQ the first week of her freshman year. RUF has impacted her life in a profound way and she loved serving alongside them for two years as an intern at Indiana University. She is so thrilled to be able to come on as Campus Staff long term here at IU to continuing pouring into the relationships she has built here. You’re likely to find her either in a hammock or on a nearby dance floor with a coke and cheez-its in hand.

marypaxton.gibson@ruf.org / 601.383.3303

Kerek Plummer, Intern

Kerek grew up in Lexington, KY before heading off to college at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). While at EKU he was involved in several campus ministries. Toward the end of his college career he moved back to his home town of Lexington and got connected with RUF at the University of Kentucky through his home church, Tates Creek Presbyterian Church. RUF has been a strong gospel influence in Kerek's life through their teaching, discipleship and community, and he is thrilled to be laboring on the the college campus with them. Kerek enjoys being inside, spontaneous plans, and laughing until it hurts.

kerek.plummer@ruf.org / 859.229.6103