Stewart Swain – RUF Minister, University of Alabama


Stewart was born in Ohio but grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a suburb 45 minutes west of Chicago. After graduating from Glenbard West High School, Stewart moved to Texas and attended SMU. He was never looking for Jesus or a campus ministry until RUF found him at the end of a confusing, fun, and difficult freshman year. Through a long process of ups and downs after his sophomore year, Stewart received the good news of the gospel. The life-changing message of being able to know God through Jesus began to renovate his whole life and even made him consider entering into vocational ministry. Upon graduation from SMU in 2010 with a BBA in marketing and a minor in Spanish, he moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to work for RUF at Wake Forest University. The years at Wake made him consider a more permanent calling, so in June of 2012 he moved back to Dallas, Texas, to begin a Master of Divinity at Redeemer Seminary. Stewart graduated from Redeemer in May of 2015 and has been the RUF Campus Minister at the University of Alabama since June 2015. Stewart’s passions in ministry are emotional/mental health, Greek ministry, showing that you can be a Christian and be normal and have fun, and connecting with students one-on-one. He loves all sports (especially the NBA), music (especially the Tedeschi Trucks Band), and the Enneagram.

Stewart’s wife, Mary Cannon, is originally from Nashville. She became a Christian in college and was involved in RUF as a student at Ole Miss. She holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and currently works for PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is very passionate about ministering to college girls.