Women's Ministry Coordinator
Leslie is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where she got her fill of peaches, Braves games, and terrible traffic. She attended Furman University in Greenville, SC, earning a degree in English. Leslie then served as an RUF intern at Auburn University for 3 years. After completing the internship, she moved to St. Louis, MO to pursue a Master's in Counseling at Covenant Seminary. Since graduation in 2009, Leslie has been counseling women of all ages. She is excited to return to the South(west) to care for young women at SMU. When she's not doing that, Leslie loves to cook, read, be outside, and watch college football.
Phone: (214) 662-0439
Men's Ministry Coordinator
Mr. Swain is also an alum of Southern Methodist University. A self-proclaimed carpetbagger, Stewart loves the South. Stewart graduated with a degree in Marketing and a Spanish minor. He is from Glen Ellyn, IL, a suburb 45 minutes west of Chicago. In addition to picking up degrees at SMU, Stewart also started to think about life for the first time. Through broken circumstances and seeing his own brokenness, Stewart became a Christian. He spent the last two years working for RUF at Wake Forest, and is very excited to be back at SMU. Besides working with RUF, Stewart is attending Redeemer Seminary. He loves Garden and Gun Magazine, fishing, Mexican food, and honey butter chicken biscuits (Hutter Chiscuits). Feel free to contact him.
Phone: (630) 310-9150
Mary Love Koons
My name is Mary Love Koons. I was born in Jackson Mississippi in 1990. I am the youngest of three children with my oldest brother, Bailey, working as an attorney in Jackson, and my sister, Elizabeth, and her husband, John Mark, living in Tupelo. We were blessed to grow up in a Christian home and to grow up going to First Presbyterian Church. After high school I followed in both my brother and my sister’s footsteps and went to the University of Mississippi. Throughout my college years I was heavily involved in Reformed University Fellowship and felt called to continue with the ministry after my four years. I applied for the internship and was given the position as the female intern at SMU. While I was in college I fell in love with my future husband, Phillip Koons. We got married shortly after my graduation and began our lives in Dallas.
Phone: (601) 622-2604
College Director at Park Cities Presbyterian Church
Robby and Ann both grew up in Dallas and even went to the same high school, but they didn’t meet until 2006 when Robby was working with one of Ann’s best friends at Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCPC). This friend (Kim Sayles, another RUF volunteer) gave a strong push to Robby and a bold prediction to Ann. Kim was right, and Ann and Robby got married in 2008 while Robby was working with high school students and Ann was pursuing a career as a writer and photographer. In 2011 Robby became the director of college ministry at PCPC and has enjoyed partnering with SMU RUF over the last two years. Ann and Robby are grateful for the opportunity to walk with college students and have a particular heart for helping them connect with the local church. Robby serves with the RUF music team on Tuesday nights and teaches a college class at PCPC on Sundays at 11:00 am. Robby loves watching and playing sports, strumming guitars, and enjoying all the good food around Dallas.
Phone: (214) 384-2565