Sarah Jayne Kennelly (University of Vermont)
Sarah Jayne Kennelly considers Rochester, New York her hometown, despite having lived on both the east and west coasts throughout her life. She had become a Christian at a young age, but Sarah Jayne never had the opportunity to probe her faith until college. In her freshman year at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, a friend from art class invited her to RUF. There, for the first time, she felt known, seen, and loved in a Christian setting, and she has been involved since. Sarah Jayne received her degree in art education in 2019. She hopes to find a career where she can use her love for the arts to serve families and individuals in low income communities. As an RUF intern, she anticipates learning more of who God is and how to love others well. Other than spending time with college students, Sarah Jayne loves to create art through photography, specifically using 18th and 19th century processes. She enjoys traveling to new places, having a good cup of coffee, and learning new instruments.
RUF at the University of Vermont
Chet Bickhart (Boston University) A Division-1 rower, Chet could not find a Bible study tailored to an athlete’s demanding schedule at Lehigh University. So, he and a friend started an athlete-focused Bible study and discipleship group. Chet’s desire to grow as a Christian began while attending Deerfoot Lodge, a Christian outdoor camp. As a child from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Chet relished his yearly pilgrimage to the wilderness of upstate New York where he learned to canoe, backpack and shoot a bow and arrow. During his last year as a camper, he also noticed Christians whose faith went deeper than his, who worshiped with passion. While he had professed to be a Christian as a boy, he did not connect his faith to his lifestyle. At Deerfoot Lodge, he realized that faith required more from him. The next year, Chet attended Lehigh University, receiving degrees in mechanical engineering and finance while competing on the rowing team. Chet relished seeing fellow students mature in their faith as he had, but he had little time to delve into theology. Chet looks forward to studying scripture and theology more as an intern, as well as continuing to witness God’s life-changing work in others. In Boston, Chet will continue rowing competitively, and he hopes to teach himself the alto saxophone and a new language. After he completes his internship, Chet plans to launch a career in management counseling and leadership development.
RUF at Boston University
Serena Jones (Boston University) Serena might be notorious in her hometown of Akron, Pennsylvania, for singing loudly in the car with the windows down. Besides singing enthusiastically, Serena derives deep enjoyment from spending time with her friends, watching comedies, reading books and making long Spotify play lists. During her first two years at Millersville University, she commuted 20 minutes from her parents’ home to Lancaster. Serena was very involved in Millersville’s RUF, participating in the leadership team and leading Bible studies for three semesters. During the summer, she served full-time in youth ministry and relished every minute. In 2018, she graduated with a degree in early childhood education. But instead of pursuing a career teaching, her RUF and youth ministry experiences have led her to consider a career in ministry, and she hopes that her internship will confirm a probable calling to full-time ministry.
RUF at Boston University
Jennifer Marlow(MIT) Jennifer calls Spartanburg, South Carolina home. There, she was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian early in her life. After graduating high school, Jennifer studied Asian Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Global Health at Duke University in North Carolina (2017). During her first year at Duke, two other freshmen, one named Ben Hoover, encouraged Jennifer to attend a RUF large group at the University of North Carolina, also in Durham. After the meeting, she began attending the RUF ministry at Duke, which was in the process of rebuilding its community. Through RUF, she says she learned that “every person has a story, bruises, value. It’s important to stop and listen, respecting that their stories may differ from yours but no one deserves or is barred from his redeeming grace – and by extension my love.” Jennifer married Ben in 2018. Ben is working in Boston as a cognitive software developer for IBM. After her internship, Jennifer is considering graduate school. She loves reading, play card games, and climbing magnolias.
RUF at MIT
Elisabeth Somerville (Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design) Lissy Somerville’s desire to serve God and others may have originated from her grandparents. Several generations of Lissy’s family were missionaries in East Asia, and her grandfather is a native Korean. Despite Lissy’s childhood in the mountainous town of Montreat, North Carolina, she identifies strongly with this heritage and explored her past while studying abroad in South Korea as an undergraduate at Appalachian State University. She graduated in 2018 with a major in studio art. After graduation Lissy became an RUF intern because she wanted to guide students in their understanding of the gospel and to equip them to serve others. When she completes her internship, Lissy hopes to pursue a graduate degree in early childhood special education to achieve her ultimate goal of working with families as an early intervention specialist. She enjoys baking, playing banjo, creating art, traveling, and studying languages, including Korean, Spanish and American Sign Language.
RUF at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design
Nathan Rackers (Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design) A man who appreciates a good story, Nathan Rackers grew up near Greensboro, North Carolina. As a child, his parents faithfully brought him to church, where he embraced the faith. He sought Christian fellowship when he began his freshman year at North Carolina State University. He found it at RUF. There, to his joy, he was welcomed by a diversity of fellow believers. As an intern, he hopes to share that joy with other students. Nathan graduated in 2019 with a major in mechanical engineering and a minor in Trombone Performance. After completing his RUF internship, he hopes to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering. He explores his passion for fiction through books, story-rich video games, and Dungeons and Dragons. To clear his head, he “doodles” on the piano, occasionally, recording original compositions.
RUF at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design
Jonathan Keller (University of Connecticut) Not a guy to watch a movie once, Jonathan loves a rerun. While his tastes are broad, he enjoys kid-friendly ones as much as – or more than — darker adult films. Jonathan grew up in Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston, Texas. As a child, he was faithfully taught the gospel, but in college he learned how to follow Christ as an adult. A music major with a minor in religious studies, Jonathan participated in marching band and enjoys playing the acoustic guitar. After a rocky beginning to his college career, Jonathan sought a community of believers who supported him through difficult friendships and challenging courses and who reminded him that God would carry him through those hard semesters. Jonathan hopes that as an intern he’s able to comfort and encourage others in the faith, as he was. He also feels a call to vocational ministry and hopes this time will prepare him to minister elsewhere. Besides enjoying movies and playing music, Jonathan loves to travel – both overseas and abroad. He’s visited four continents, but he also loves exploring random towns or national parks.
RUF at University of Connecticut
Kyle Sebastian (Columbia University), 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.
RUF at Columbia University
Abbey Slater (New York University/City Campus RUF) Although was born in Maryland and spent a few years in Illinois, Abbey lived most of her life in Rhode Island. She came to love the state’s rocky coastline and stayed for college, studying secondary education and English at the University of Rhode Island. She left Rhode Island for a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina to improve her Spanish. In 2018, Abbey graduated but decided not to begin her teaching career immediately. The RUF internship emerged as an alternative to moving directly into the workforce, and it allowed her to use her gifts to further God’s kingdom through mentoring young people. After her internship, Abbey hopes to teach high school or middle school English and pursue her ESL degree. In her spare time, Abbey frequently runs. She has competed in two half marathons and plans to complete a whole marathon soon. She enjoys other athletic activities such as rock climbing, hiking climbing, and Frisbee. Her other interests include reading, writing, and photography, and all of her endeavors are fueled by coffee.
RUF at City Campus
Sterling Webster(New York University/City Campus RUF)At the end of his senior year at James Madison University, Sterling Webster faced a difficult decision. Should he pursue a career as a musician or should he seek an internship with RUF? Sterling had entered college with a vision of becoming a professional musician. He had majored in vocal performance and music industry, receiving a Bachelor’s of Music in 2018. But he also felt drawn to ministry. Growing up in Arlington, Virginia, Sterling was the son of a PCA pastor. In college, he became one of the earliest members of RUF at James Madison University and served on the ministry team, coordinated large group music and lead a small group Bible study. As his undergraduate career came to end, Sterling had several auditions scheduled but had also applied to the RUF internship. During the application process, he realized that becoming a RUF intern would be a more worthwhile experience than pursuing a musical career. Sterling served as an intern at East Tennessee State University for the 2017-2018 school year before becoming an intern at City Campus New York City the following year. After his internship, he is considering enrolling in seminary to pursue counseling or a Master’s of Divinity. When he is not hanging out with friends, Sterling enjoys singing and playing music, sampling new food, and learning trivia.
RUF at City Campus
Matt Dabiero (Millersville)
Free pizza may have changed the trajectory of Matt Dabiero’s life. When he was a freshman at Penn State University, Matt was invited to attend the first RUF large group of the year where they were serving pizza. As he enjoyed the slices, Matt fell in love with the people in the fellowship. Matt was raised in a Christian home in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, but he did not take his faith seriously until RUF. Through RUF he grew to love God’s Word, prayer, and service. Matt graduated from Penn State with a major in Communications Arts and Sciences in 2019. Although Matt enjoys running, camping, playing sports, reading, and traveling, his passion is guiding students to the gospel. After his internship, he plans to attend seminary to become a campus minister.
RUF at Millersville University
Zenny Jua (University of Pittsburgh) Zenny was raised in Cameroon. She spent her first 10 years in the French-speaking region called Douala and seven years in the English-speaking zone, Bamenda, where she attended a Roman Catholic boarding school. In 2013, she left Camodia to study business management with a specialization in entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. During her freshman year, a friend asked Zenny where she would be if she were to die. “Most likely not heaven because I am not pure enough,” she responded. But her friend shared the hope of the gospel – that Zenny would never be good enough, but that Jesus’s goodness could be hers. After further discussions and watching “The Shocking Youth Message” by Paul Washer, Zenny knelt down and cried for “God to be her God in Christ.” Since then, God has faithfully grown her faith. During her senior year, Zenny attended an RUF large group and immediately loved the ministry. Zenny recalls that the room was full of “beautiful singing, beautiful people, beautiful campus minister faithfully teaching God’s word.” Zenny’s faith grew during that year with RUF, and as her graduation approached, she began to consider her future. “I prayed about becoming an intern, it was my conviction that I wanted to be a sister and friend who encourages others to find their fulfillment in our most blessed Savior.” Zenny loves being with people, especially God’s people. She also enjoys music, singing and dancing. When she hears a beat some part of her body instinctively moves to the rhythm. This passion for rhythm and beautiful sounds carries into writing, both through blog posts and through written word. After her internship, Zenny is considering entering into the ministry, possibility with a focus on deaf ministry.
RUF at University of Pittsburgh
Josh Shaner (University of Maryland) Josh Shaner, a skateboarding enthusiast and an avid podcast listener, has dedicated himself to understanding and sharing biblical knowledge. Josh was raised by Christian parents in Laurel, MD, but his faith was not realized until his junior year of high school. “I experienced the Holy Spirit in a very real way and it changed my life,” he says. Josh attended Lancaster Bible College and graduated with a degree in Science of the Bible in 2016. Afterward, he sought a position that would allow him to pursue his calling to campus ministry while earning his M.Div. The RUF internship allows him to study at Reformed Theological Seminary and trains him for ministry. Once his internship ends, he hopes to finish his degree and become a campus minister.
RUF at University of Maryland
Jan (Bonestroo) Cribb (RUF-I George Mason) A painter and sketcher, Jan grew up in Berino, New Mexico, on a dairy farm an hour from the United States’ border with Mexico. While studying at New Mexico State University, she suffered from chronic pain. The RUF intern at NMSU cared for Jan during this time of suffering. Through the intern’s faithful ministry, Jan was inspired to become a RUF intern. Through RUF, she also met her husband, Evan Cribb, whom she married in December 2018. A few months later, Jan completed her degree, graduating with a major in Family and Child Sciences and a minor in Child Advocacy Studies. After her internship, Jan would like to work in child advocacy or family life education to gain more human service experience. She hopes this experience will help her pursue her ultimate goal of becoming a Biblical counselor.
RUF-I at George Mason University
Catherine Cook (Harvard University) Catherine Cook is from the deep south but flew north for college and has re-rooted in Boston. She is taking her last class at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary this summer (2018) and is expecting to receive her MDiv in October. She has worked with RUF for three years as intern/staff at the College of William & Mary and has been part time with RUF at Harvard for two years. This Fall, she will serve as Director of Outreach and Discipleship with RUF at Harvard. When she is not having coffee with college students, Catherine is usually seeking out the companionship of either real-life friends or friends in the pages of a book.
RUF at Harvard University
Megan Terrell (City Campus Ministry)A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Megan’s childhood faith blossomed into a deeper knowledge of and love for God through RUF at Clemson University. While pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology, she also met Matthew Terrell. Megan and Matthew were married in 2007, the year they graduated. Together, Matthew and Megan attended Covenant Theological Seminary. She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Educational Ministry in 2001, and Matthew completed his Masters of Divinity in 2011. The family moved to Birmingham, Alabama where Matthew became the campus minister at Samford University. Four years later, the family relocated to New York City where Matthew serves as the campus minister for City Campus. For seven years, Megan unofficially assisted Matthew in various capacities. She led Bible studies, attended large groups, hosted events, and shepherded young women individually. In 2019, Megan officially became a part-time staff member at City Campus. She serves students throughout the city, including students at New York University, Fordham, Fashion Institute of Technology, the Kings College, Pace University, and City College. Megan enjoys running, reading, playing the piano, hiking, fishing, eating delicious food, and playing games. She and Matthew have three children, Eliot (2011), Zoey (2013), and Megan (2016).
RUF in New York City
Joy Beans (Millersville University) Joy has had the unique privilege of walking alongside several students as they progressed through middle school, high school, and now college. Joy initially ministered to these students through her church. Now as a part-time staff member at RUF, Joy continues to mentor them, but their relationship has matured from student-teacher to friend and confidant. Along with mentoring students, Joy’s responsibilities with RUF include offering hospitality, helping with fundraising, and supporting her husband, Millersville’s campus minister. Joy Gordon grew up in Lincthicum, MD and attended Geneva College, graduating with a degree in English and writing in 1991. At her church’s college and career event, she met Trip Beans, and the two were married in 1999. Trip and Joy have spent most of their marriage living in Maryland or Lancaster, PA. Prior to joining the staff at RUF, Joy worked as a classroom aide for an elementary school. In 2015 she became a Title 1 assistant for the school. Joy and Trip have three children, Luke (1996), Adelyn (2002), and Kya (2005). When she is not caring for others, Joy enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and sipping tea.
RUF at Millersville University
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.
RUF at University of Pittsburgh
Terry Mitchell (RUF-I Johns Hopkins University) After becoming a Christian at the age of 19, Terry had a strong yearning to know more about God and longed to share this wonder with those around her. Yet, she had not been raised in a Christian home. Feeling the need to be more equipped, she attended Covenant College, graduating with a major in Bible and a minor in sociology. Afterwards, she attended Covenant Theological Seminary earning a Master’s of Arts in Biblical studies. Upon graduation from seminary in 1989, she joined the ministry of RUF and worked as an intern on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee. She loved being an intern. During her almost three years there she saw God change lives, which deepened her desire to help others develop an intimate relationship with him. That desire has never left her and has led her to work with international students at Johns Hopkins University in her hometown of Baltimore. Terry loves to show hospitality and entertain, and she uses these gifts to reach the international students at Hopkins. Aside from hospitality and entertaining, Terry plays a mean game of Scrabble, welcoming all challengers!
RUF-I at Johns Hopkins University
Janelle Grove (RUF-I George Mason University) Janelle Grove exudes an independent, entrepreneurial spirit. The native of northern Virginia has embarked on several unique business adventures. With her twin sister, she started a bakery that produces healthy gluten-friendly bread to sell at farmer’s markets. Janelle has also taught piano lessons and tutored English as a Second Language. Rather than attend a traditional college, she pursued an online degree in entrepreneurship through Thomas Edison State University, graduating in 2015. In her spiritual life, Janelle has also taken the initiative. While Janelle became a Christian as a child, she has pursued self-guided Bible study and mentorships. In 2016, she took a class through Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, offered by the para-church organization, Frontier Ventures. The course’s emphasis on God’s redemptive work worldwide inspired Janelle to work with international students. Since her church supported RUF-I at George Mason University, Janelle volunteered in 2016. The next year, she became a full-time intern and then a staff member in 2019. A nature-enthusiast, Janelle raises several house plants and enjoys hiking and running. If she’s indoors, she may be found reading or playing her ukulele.
RUF-I at George Mason University
Kristy Hard (office assistant to David Green) Love for her family has shaped Kristy’s career path. During her senior year of high school, Kristy fell in love with her future husband, Michael. The two were married in 1995, after Kristy’s freshman year at Rowan University and, eventually, settled in Easton, PA. Instead of continuing with her college education, Kristy worked as a bank teller and customer service representative at Phillipsburg National Bank. Three years later, Kristy’s first son, Michael, was born and Kristy became a stay-at-home mom. She assisted a crafter for five years while at home and homeschooled her four children, Michael (1998), Katie (2000), Christopher (2003), and Stephen (2003). Since 2014, she has taught high school English to students in their homeschool cooperative. In 2015, Kristy earned her associates degree in English at Northampton Community College. Kristy began working for RUF in fall of 2017. As the RUF Northeast Office Assistant, Kristy’s responsibilities include responding to emails, returning phone calls, managing parts of the website, bookkeeping, and assisting with the production of the newsletter. She loves spending time with her family, crocheting, cross-stitching, baking, reading, and gardening.