Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Nick began college at DePaul University in Chicago, IL as a jazz performance major (guitar) just 6 weeks after becoming a Christian. Desiring to be a minister of this good news about Jesus that had just turned Nick's world upside down, he left DePaul, soon after met Erin, and attended Moody Bible Institute (Chicago). Nick and Erin, a.k.a. "Team Owens," married in 2007. Nick attended Wheaton College Graduate School, graduating with a M.A. in Biblical Exegesis in 2011. While at Wheaton, Nick and Erin served in youth ministry and began to dream about serving in college ministry with RUF someday.

Nick and Erin then moved east to Philadelphia, PA where they both studied and graduated in 2014 from Westminster Theological Seminary. While at Westminster Nick worked with Greek InterVarsity at the University of Pennsylvania. The year prior to planting RUF at UD,  Erin served as a counseling intern with CCEF and Nick served as director of college ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. They are very excited about the work God has called them to do through planting and growing the RUF ministry at the University of Delaware.