RUF Staff in the Northeast


Interns


Max Wolf (Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design) had lived within the same neighborhood in Queens, New York City until beginning his RUF internship. He stayed with his parents as he studied History at The City College of New York, the flagship college of the City University of New York, graduating in 2015. Throughout most of his college career, Max attended RUF City Campus Ministry. Unlike most fellowships, this RUF is not located in a specific school, but serves students from institutions across New York City. Max credits RUF with connecting his mostly intellectual faith to his heart. As an intern he hopes to help other students find the joy he found through RUF. Later he may enroll in seminary or pursue a graduate degree in history. Max frequently relies on his bike for exercise and transportation, and he rarely travels without a sketchbook. He also drums and plays basketball and soccer.

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RUF at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design


Hannah Moon (University of Connecticut), a New York City girl from birth, enjoys wandering Manhattan's streets, perusing bookstores, and exploring Central Park. While her parents taught her the basic tenets of Christianity, Hannah did not share their faith until her senior year of high school. Until then, she struggled to understand how a God of love could also be just. Through Redeemer Presbyterian Church, she realized that Jesus's sacrifice reconciled God's holiness with his love. Hannah continued to attend Redeemer while studying biochemistry at Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York. At Redeemer, Hannah learned about RUF's City Campus Ministry. RUF was a refuge for Hannah. Many of her classmates were focused on succeeding academically and viewed vulnerability or existential questions as weakness or distractions. In RUF, Hannah found a haven where she could pursue truth and grow in faith. The RUF interns inspired Hannah to become an intern after she graduated in 2016. "I saw that college ministry was important and even life-saving for some students like myself," she says. After serving at the University of Connecticut, Hannah hopes to pursue medical school.

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RUF at University of Connecticut


Jeb Ralston (University of Connecticut), a man who reads his Stephen King and Harry Potter novels while sipping an espresso, reluctantly studied computer engineering in college. Jeb was born to a military family in Norfolk, Virginia Later they lived in Oceanside, California until the family settled in Jackson Beach, Florida. While at the University of Central Florida Jeb questioned the religious traditions and beliefs of his childhood. His RUF minister and friends listened to his doubts and guided him to the truth in scripture. Later Jeb enjoyed helping younger students wrestle with similar doubts. Jeb completed his degree in December 2014 while working as a software engineer. However, Jeb knew engineering was not his calling. After graduation Jeb worked part-time at a counseling office that served people in ministry and missions. As an RUF intern Jeb will explore a potential call to ministry. He enjoys watching matinees, writing, snowboarding, and crockpot cooking.

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RUF at University of Connecticut


Timothy Price (City Campus Ministry), a one-time participant in the infamous Spanish tradition of running with bulls, is ready for the exhilarating buzz of the Big Apple. As a young teenager growing up in Austin, TX, Tim slipped into a pattern of substance abuse, continuing on a downward spiral for most of his teens. Through a Christ-centered recovery program, particularly through a relationship with a sponsor, God rescued Tim from a path of destruction and brought him to an understanding of the Gospel. While a student at Belmont University, Tim found encouragement through the ministry of RUF, especially through relationship with his campus minister. As he enters into RUF ministry himself, Tim aspires for honest and open relationships like the ones God has used to form him. Once he completes his two-year internship, Tim hopes to pursue seminary education for pastoral ministry or addiction counseling.

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RUF in New York City


Maddie Francis (City Campus Ministry) and her family moved from Seattle, Washington to Orlando, Florida the year before Maddie entered kindergarten. They were not planning to live on the East Coast long after her father completed his degree at Reformed Theological Seminary, but years later they still call the Sunshine State home. Maddie graduated from the University of Central Florida in December 2014 with a degree in English Literature. College transformed Maddie’s faith. RUF provided a safe context for her to examine questions and fears about God and Christianity that she was previously ashamed to discuss. God used RUF to teach her that there is respite from anxiety, hope in the midst of suffering, and forgiveness for even the worst parts of herself. As an RUF intern Maddie hopes to provide a safe place for students to discuss the realities of their hearts. After the internship she may pursue dual degrees in divinity and counseling. Maddie loves going to concerts alone, reading Flannery O'Connor, and listening to This American Life.

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RUF in New York City


Kyle Sebastian (Columbia University) Kyle, a Chicago native, originally enrolled in environmental engineering at Northwestern University, hoping to devise a way to improve people’s access to fresh drinking water. In his freshman year, Kyle learned about the horrors of human trafficking and switched majors to social policy. He saw himself working against this injustice by joining a nonprofit or government organization after graduation. As an RUF intern, Kyle remains passionate about addressing injustice. He explains that “one of the greatest injustices is that people don’t have an equal opportunity to know what Jesus has done for them. Many people in the United States, and certainly in the university context, do not know who Jesus truly is and what he has done for them to bring them into a relationship of love with himself.” At Northwestern, Kyle was surprised to find himself drawn to a reformed fellowship having grown up in a different church context. He chose to join the student leadership ministry team because he admired RUF's reverence for Scripture and its openness to anyone exploring the claims of Christianity. As a junior and senior, Kyle led RUF large group worship and helped lead the prayer team. Kyle graduated from Northwestern in March 2016. After considering multiple international missions opportunities in Europe, he ultimately decided to become an RUF intern. Kyle envisions five possible career paths after he completes his internship. He may pursue further education through law school, seminary, or a doctorate program in public policy. Kyle is also interested in continuing work in a non-profit organization that helps alleviate the refugee crisis or seeks to end modern-day slavery. He is also considering an alternate career path as a missionary in central Europe, primarily targeting the growing refugee and immigrant population in countries like Germany. In his spare time, Kyle loves to play and compose music. He plays a wide variety of instruments, including the piano, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele.

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RUF at Columbia University


Drew Dempsey (University of Maryland) Drew's involvement with RUF began at birth. His father, Billy Dempsey, founded the RUF at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi and was serving as campus minister when Drew was born. Later, Billy Dempsey ministered at the University of Missouri until he left campus ministry for the pastorate in 1997. Drew lived in Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama as his father ministered to different congregations. Even in his earliest memories, Drew considered himself a Christian, but he did not take ownership of his faith until high school. When he entered Belhaven University, he joined RUF as a means to grow in his faith and find fellowship. He made many close friends at RUF and was shepherded by RUF interns. Drew decided to become an intern because he loves spending time with people, even -- especially -- the socially awkward. He anticipates that his time as an intern will train him to intentionally care for people. Drew is an avid photographer and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography in 2016. Drew worked several part-time jobs while in high school and college. Notably, he worked as a photographer for a boys' camp, a technician and customer service representative at a camera store, and a freelance photographer for Portico Jackson Magazine. When he isn't peering behind a camera lens, Drew plays frisbee or rock climbs. He hopes to find a career in creative marketing or design.

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RUF at University of Maryland


Jayna Duckenfield (Penn State University) spent most of her childhood in Beacon, New York, but just before she turned 12, her family moved to Garner, North Carolina. She pursued a B.A. in English with a minor in Social Work at Appalachian State University. While there her faith was nurtured and sustained by RUF and particularly by the RUF intern. The intern’s love and kindness inspired Jayna to become an RUF intern after she graduated in 2015. Jayna trusts God to reveal his plan for her after the internship, but she hopes her career will involve writing and working with people. In her spare time Jayna writes, sings, reads, binge watches Netflix, and drinks lots of coffee. She is passionate about orca whales and gorillas, and can eat an entire bag of Starburst jellybeans in one sitting.

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RUF at Penn State University


Katherine Corliss (University of Pittsburgh) has lived in almost every region of the U.S. Katherine grew up in the Midwestern state of Kansas and moved south to study Speech Pathology at Baylor University in Texas. There she was befriended and mentored by the RUF intern who helped Katherine understand that being a good Christian was more than rule following, but required depending solely on Christ. The summer before her senior year, Katherine interned at a church in Eugene, Oregon where she discovered a desire to minister to college students. Katherine is “pumped” to share God’s truth with the young women at the University of Pittsburgh. In her free time Katherine enjoys running, hiking, baking, shopping at Target, and exaggerating her enthusiasm for midcentury modern furniture. After she completes her internship Katherine envisions herself as a professional fundraiser.

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RUF at University of Pittsburgh


Other Staff


Andrew Terrell (New York City) serves as a full-time seminary intern with RUF-International. He is ministering to international college students while pursuing an M.A. in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary New York City. Andrew grew up in Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia in Athens. He graduated in 2009 with a major in Psychology and a minor is Spanish. Andrew first encountered RUF at UGA. Through the college ministry he explored the deeper implications of his faith and met his wife, Olivia. After graduation Andrew and Olivia joined Mission to the World’s church planting team in Madrid, Spain. For three years, they supported the church plant, befriended members of the local artistic community, and ministered to students in Spain’s largest college campus, Complutense. Andrew returned to the States this year to pursue further theological training. RUF-I in New York City provided the perfect opportunity for him to serve the international community while attending seminary. As a seminary intern Andrew will focus his efforts at New York University and Columbia University, but RUF-I hopes to establish a network of ministries on campuses throughout the city. When he isn’t pursuing his studies or meeting international students, Andrew enjoys playing the guitar and cello. He also has embarked on a never-ending quest to make the best cup of coffee.

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RUF-I in New York City


Callie Miller (University of Pittsburgh) was called to campus ministry after 10 years preparing for a career in science. As full-time campus staff at Pitt, Callie works alongside the campus minister and fosters student leadership. Callie’s return to Pitt is somewhat of a spiritual homecoming. God radically changed Callie’s heart while she was a graduate student at Pitt. Callie had previously attended Francis Marion University in her hometown, Florence, SC. There, she earned a B.S. in Biology (2007) and became increasingly skeptical about her Christian faith. After graduation Callie worked at Pitt as a research specialist for two years before pursuing her doctorate in Molecular Neuropharmacology. Soon after beginning graduate school at Pitt, Callie began attending RUF meetings and a local church. Through these organizations, God transformed Callie’s skepticism and desire for self-determination into faith. Callie met her husband, James, a Pitt alumnus, at a RUF fundraising event. In 2012 Callie completed her studies with an M.S. and began a two-year internship with RUF at Pennsylvania State University. Her internship ended in 2014, and Callie and James were married that summer. Callie served as a campus staff with RUF Lynchburg at Sweet Briar Women’s College until the college announced its closing in 2015. Callie delights in conversation, coffee, dancing, dimples, and big earrings.

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RUF at University of Pittsburgh


Bonnie Mitchell, (office assistant to David Green) helps manage David’s Northeast/Midwest RUF office and supports her husband, the RUF minister at Lehigh University. Bonnie graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2003 with a double major in Psychology and Biblical Studies and a minor in History. She received her M.A. in Education Administration from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2007. While completing her graduate degree, Bonnie worked as an administrator and an assistant to the singles ministry at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. There she met her husband, Scott. The two were married in 2007 and have two children, Lucy and Eli. Much of Bonnie’s time is happily consumed homeschooling her children and tending her garden.

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