RUF Ministers in the Northeast


John Meinen (University of Vermont), a seeker of good adventure, has traveled to five of the seven continents. John’s resume also includes serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in the San Francisco Bay Area, participating in a year-long fellowship program in the D.C. area, and leading backpacking trips with Outward Bound. John is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A., International Affairs) as well as Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div). John began ministry with RUF in 2012 and is also helping to launch Redeemer Burlington, a new church in town. John is married to Megan, who shares his love of oversea travel and the outdoors.

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RUF at the University of Vermont


Nathan Dicks (Boston University), a former Cru staff worker at the University of Sarajevo, returns to campus ministry to launch Boston University’s first RUF. Nathan grew up in the PCA near Atlanta, GA, but remained on the fringes of RUF until his last year at Clemson University. When Nathan graduated in 2007, vocational ministry was not on his horizon. For two years, he worked in his field of study as an architect, and in that time, contemplated a move toward ministry. Then, while serving overseas, Nathan recognized his need for theological training. Nathan is recently married to Sarah, whom he met his first week in town through Boston’s Christ the King PCA where Sarah was working.

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RUF at Boston University


Solomon Kim (MIT), a committed Red Sox fan, finally roots for the hometown team after growing up on the West Coast and in Korea. In 2014, Solomon finished a pastoral internship in San Diego, leaving his Southern Californian roots to relocate to the Northeast to plant MIT’s first RUF. Solomon’s own college experience was marked by struggles with faith and being far-removed from his family in Korea. During his senior year, a renewed understanding of the Gospel had a huge impact on Solomon’s life. Upon graduating from Cornell University (2001), Solomon moved to Champaign, IL, where he worked in the corporate world and became very involved in his local church. Solomon has since earned an M.Div from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, where he served as a college pastor at a Korean-American church and a prep school religious studies teacher. Solomon is married to Jane, whom he met through a church group in IL, and they have two children.

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RUF at MIT


Jeremy Mullen (Harvard University), a former Naval Officer in the Middle East, also serves alongside a diverse body of religious leaders as a Harvard chaplain. Growing up in Virginia as the son of a PCA pastor and participating in RUF at Vanderbilt University, Jeremy was familiar with ministry when he began theological education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Originally intending to continue down an academic route, Jeremy instead listened to a professor who persuaded him to pursue pastoral ministry. His graduation coincided with an RUF opening at Harvard, so Jeremy decided to remain in the Boston area and accept the call to RUF in 2009. Jeremy is married to Adrienne, whom he met through RUF at Vanderbilt, and they have two children.

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RUF at Harvard University


Eddie Park (Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design), the son of an Assemblies of God preacher, has been surrounded by ministry his whole life. An alumnus of Phillips Exeter Academy, Brown University, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Eddie has spent his entire academic life in New England. In 2003, while in seminary, Eddie began working alongside Brown’s campus minister as RUF seminary staff. He moved into the official campus minister role after earning his M.Div. Eddie is married to Annie, a former RUF intern who is now part-time RUF staff, and they have two sons.

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RUF at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design


Lucas Dourado (University of Connecticut), originally a native of Brazil, grew up mostly in New Jersey. After graduating from Wake Forest University where he was involved in RUF, Lucas interned with RUF at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Upon graduating from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, Lucas accepted the call to serve with RUF and returned to the Northeast in 2011. Lucas is married to Maggie, whom he met through mutual friends in Washington D.C. on New Year’s Eve 2009. They enjoy raising Lily, a beloved Dachshund-lab mix.

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RUF at the University of Connecticut


Matthew Terrell (City Campus Ministry), was transformed by RUF during his undergraduate years at Clemson University. Through RUF, Matt recognized his need for God's grace and that grace changed everything. Grace, he says, "changes the way I view myself, my God, my work, my relationship, my time. Everything." Matt joined RUF's worship team and there met his wife, Megan. They have three children, Eliot (2011), Zoey (2013) and Margaret (2016). Matt graduated from Clemson in 2007 with a B.S. in Construction Science and Management. He worked as a project engineer for Rodgers Builders, Inc. from 2007-2008. During his time there, he was part of the management team that built and renovated a large hospital. After a year and a half, God called Matt to campus ministry, and Matt enrolled in Covenant Theological Seminary. He graduated with his M. Div. in 2011 and served as campus minister at Samford University in Birmingham, AL for four years. Beginning in the fall of 2016, Matt will minister to RUF City Campus, a city-wide ministry to over 800,000 students who study in New York City. Matt, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, cheers for the Atlanta Braves and Clemson's football team. He also likes fly fishing, reading and watching Seinfeld.

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RUF in New York City

Eric Lipscomb (Columbia University), is eager to pioneer Columbia’s RUF and explore Central Park, the nation’s most visited urban park. While at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, Eric enjoyed playing in the city’s lesser-known (though much larger) Forest Park as well as kindling a passion for college students as a pastoral intern for young adults. Previously, as an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia in his home state, Eric was very involved with RUF and graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a desire to pursue either youth or campus ministry. Eric especially likes to spend time with people and play sports, particularly baseball. Eric is married to Brittany, his one-time high school sweetheart and current elementary school teacher, and the two enjoy experiencing good food by cooking for others and trying new restaurants.

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RUF at Columbia University


Scott Mitchell (Lehigh University), a civil engineer by trade, fits in well at Lehigh University, best known for its excellent engineering program. A native Texan, Scott completed his undergraduate education at Texas A&M University and worked in a private engineering practice before receiving his M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary’s Dallas campus. In 2008, Scott left Texas to merge his engineering degree and seminary training through RUF at Lehigh. Scott is married to Bonnie, a fellow Texan who also holds a seminary degree, and they have two children.

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RUF at Lehigh University


Joe Dentici (Penn State University), an occasional participant in barefoot water skiing, has stepped out of Birmingham, Alabama, where he has always called home, ventured north and taken on the role of RUF campus minister at Penn State. In 2004, Joe graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.S. in Psychology before turning his academic pursuits toward an M.Div at the Beeson Divinity School, located at nearby Samford University. During his time there, Joe learned about RUF from Samford’s RUF campus minister at the time and spent six years serving as the first RUF campus minister at UAB, his undergraduate alma mater. Two of Joe’s hobbies include ultimate Frisbee and disc golf, which will help him fit in well at Penn State where both sports are well-recognized pastimes. Joe is married to Melissa, whom he met in college, and they have one girl and one boy.

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RUF at Penn State University


Richard Smith (RUF-I at Penn State University) grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina and graduated from Winthrop College in Rock Hill in 1981 with a degree in Production Management. While there he grew in the Lord through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and led a small group. God called Richard to ministry at an Urbana Missions Convention. He earned an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1987. Since then Richard has served three churches: Covenant PCA in Fayetteville, Georgia as Associate Pastor for nine years; First PCA in Florala, Alabama as Senior Pastor for four years; and Northgate PCA in Albany, Georgia as Senior Pastor for fifteen years. In the last eight years Richard directed Northgate’s International Ministry at the Darton College, where he ministered to more than sixty students annually. It was this international ministry that led Richard to become an RUF-I minister. He ministers to the 8,400 international students on the Penn State campus. Richard and his wife, Lynne, have two children. He enjoys reading, sports, gardening, and exploring places of history.

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RUF-I at Penn State University


Derek Bates (University of Pittsburgh), a lover of cross-cultural ministry, appreciates the diversity of living in an urban context in Pittsburgh. Derek hails from rural Virginia and attended James Madison University before pursuing theological training at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. During his many years in seminary, Derek served as a pastoral intern. In 2008, after exploring campus ministry opportunities abroad, Derek shifted gears toward domestic campus ministry with RUF. Derek is married to Luda, a native of Ukraine, and they have three children whom they are raising to be bilingual.

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RUF at University of Pittsburgh



Trip Beans (Millersville University), a 25-year collector of comic books, also has many years of ministry experience under his belt. For more than 17 years, Trip served as the Director of Youth Ministries for two churches, one of which (Wheatland Presbyterian) is located in Lancaster, PA, about five miles from Millersville. Trip studied sociology at Geneva College and later earned his M.Div. from Chesapeake Reformed Theological Seminary in his home state of Maryland. Both of Trip’s brothers were involved in RUF at Towson University, and Trip was exposed to RUF through his role in youth ministry, but when Trip attended the summer conference with students from Wheatland, he was inspired to pursue RUF ministry for himself. Trip is married to Joy, whom he met through a college and career group at church, and they have three children.

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RUF at Millersville University


Daryl Wattley, Jr. (Delaware State University), an eternal optimist, is enthusiastically starting the first RUF ministry at DSU, one of the nation’s historically black universities. While a student at Georgia Southern University, Daryl was involved in both RUF and Campus Outreach. After completing his undergraduate career in 2006 (B.S. Public Speaking), Daryl moved on to become the first African-American graduate to earn an M.Div from Reformed Theological Seminary’s campus in his hometown of Atlanta. Since then he has split his time between media and ministry, including positions at Georgia Public Broadcasting and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. In 2014, Daryl moved from Georgia to begin an RUF ministry that would blend his passion for serving college students and reaching the African-American community with the Gospel. In his spare time, Daryl can be heard playing the trombone, piano, bass guitar, or percussion instruments.

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RUF at Delaware State University


Nick Owens (University of Delaware), a native of Chicago’s suburbs, entered DePaul University as a jazz performance major six weeks after he became a Christian. As his faith matured, Nick no longer desired to be a professional musician. He left DePaul to attend a community college where he met his wife, Erin, at a Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) meeting on campus. They were married in 2007. Nick transferred to Moody Bible Institute and graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. In 2011 he completed an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College. The following semester Nick and Erin both enrolled in Westminster Theological Seminary. While at Westminster Nick assisted the Greek InterVarsity chapter at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014 Nick received an M.Div. with a counseling emphasis, and Erin earned an M.A. in counseling. Upon graduation Nick became the Director of College Ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. In 2015 Nick joined RUF to form a fellowship at the University of Delaware. Nick still plays guitar and enjoys listening to jazz. He also plays and watches soccer, exercises, runs, cooks on the grill, and savors good coffee.

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RUF at University of Delaware


Rick Gray (RUF-I at the University of Delaware), a long-suffering fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, and 76ers, began serving as a campus minister for international students in June 2010 at his alma mater in his hometown of Newark, Delaware. Prior to joining RUF-I, Rick was a missionary with Mission to the World in East Africa for more than 20 years. Rick’s familiarity with RUF dates back to the late 1980s when some of his Covenant Theological Seminary classmates pioneered RUF on their college campuses. But Rick’s own journey with RUF began when family medical concerns necessitated a return to U.S. soil. Several elders in his presbytery then encouraged Rick to continue his passion for cross-cultural ministry through RUF-I. Rick is married to Wendy, whom he met while they were both serving as missionaries in Uganda, and they have three sons.

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RUF-I at University of Delaware


Chris Garriott (University of Maryland), a native of Baltimore County, MD, is passionate about the Baltimore Orioles and eating local crabs. Chris earned a degree in Civil Engineering at Geneva College and worked in the field in his home state of Maryland before deciding to attend Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Following his seminary graduation, Chris stayed in St. Louis to teach Bible and coach baseball at a local Christian high school and then spent eight years in youth ministry in Oklahoma. Chris returned to his home turf in 2006 to pursue the call to campus ministry.

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RUF at University of Maryland


Matt Bowles (RUF-I at George Mason University), a one-time anthropology major with an archaeology emphasis at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, once spent three months on an archaeology dig in the Middle East. Matt has engaged his anthropological interests through M.Div. studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and almost two decades of pastoral ministry. He served primarily in his native Knoxville, Tennessee and more recently in Ocala, Florida, where he has overseen student ministry and spearheaded the mission committee in his role as an Associate Pastor. An RUF alumnus himself, Matt merges his own love for RUF with his heart for the nations as he begins his role as an RUF-I campus minister. Matt is married to Amy, whom he first met on a blind date, and they have two daughters.

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RUF-I at George Mason University



David Green (Area Coordinator), a campus ministry veteran with more than 30 years experience, currently oversees more than 15 RUF campus ministers in his role as Area Coordinator. As an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University, David led a Bible study and served as president of his Christian fellowship group. Sensing a call to full-time ministry, David abandoned his original plan to study Molecular Genetics on the graduate level and instead joined staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He served as campus staff on multiple campuses in Philadelphia before transitioning to the dual role of campus staff at Lehigh University and Area Director for Central and Northeast Pennsylvania. Motivated by a desire for formal training and a connection with the church, David left InterVarsity in pursuit of an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Upon graduation in 1998 David joined staff with RUF and returned to Lehigh University. There he served as campus minister until 2008 when he was appointed Area Coordinator for the Northeast. When he is not traveling to various RUF campuses, David continues to reside in Bethlehem, PA. David is married to Ruth, a Lehigh alumna turned devoted homemaker and teacher of English Literature, and they have five sons who span a wide geographic range from Bethlehem to Taiwan.

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