Photo by Abbey Lindsay.
Jason Sterling, the previous RUF minister, now resides in Birmingham, Alabama as the head pastor of his childhood church.
Brian Sorgenfrei, a Jackson, Mississippi native, will be the new acting RUF campus minister starting in the upcoming fall semester. Sorgenfrei is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, but for the past seven years has been the acting RUF minster on Mississippi State’s campus.
"When I got the call from Les [the regional RUF director] saying, 'Hey man, we want you here to lead Ole Miss RUF.' I was at first hesitant to leave my students at State," Sorgenfrei said. "But, I took some time to think and pray and I realized the impact that Ole Miss RUF had on my life and knew it's time for me to give back to it."
Sorgenfrei, an undercover Ole Miss fan himself, is ready to wear his blue and red on game days this fall and is ready to get to know the RUF Rebels.
“Oh yeah, I’m very excited to meet these students and really start investing in their lives,” Sorgenfrei said. “It’s gonna be a bit scary and hard to get these kids comfortable with me at first, since I’m the replacement, almost like a step-mom, but I have a feeling it’s gonna be a good year.”
With the end of school comes the beginning of summer. So, with the end of Sterling comes the beginning of Sorgenfrei’s legacy.
“I went to the RUF winter conference and heard Brian talk and he's incredibly wise with the word and I just can’t wait to get to hear him speak every Wednesday night,” said freshman Anna Kate Joyce.
Students are excited to share with and get to know Sorgenfrei.