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
Calias Eledui (Penn State University)
Calais Eledui wants to step into the shoes of her spiritual mentor while at the University of Alabama Huntsville, an RUF intern who saw her “need to be pursued.” Amid the struggles of freshman year, Calais became involved with freshman RUF Bible study, from which developed the “sweetest community” she had ever experienced. As an intern at Pennsylvania State University, Calais is looking forward to inserting herself into Penn State’s active student life and showing others the precious truth that kept her coming back to RUF: that “Jesus wanted to know and have a relationship with me.” Calais began her college career intent on a STEM degree in keeping with her engineering hometown, but God had other plans and she graduated in the spring of 2020 with a major in public relations writing and a minor in health and wellness. After serving as an intern, she’s weighing pursuing a biblical counseling degree or vocational ministry. A well-rounded student, her writing and science acumen joins a love of fine arts: drawing, painting, and watercolors. She plans to keep up her hobbies of running, dancing, singing, and journaling once on the East Coast. She’ll also be on the lookout for a new favorite coffee shop, now with the addition of her first-ever winter coat!
RUF at Penn State 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 Lewis (Delaware State University)
A native of Waldorf, Maryland, Joshua Lewis is seeking to extend the same welcome to students that RUF provided him as a student at University of Maryland College Park. Through the discipleship of his RUF campus minister, Bible studies on the Gospel of John, and pizza nights, his childhood faith was strengthened. Josh graduated in the spring of 2020, and his goal for this internship is to experience hands-on ministry before attending seminary. He specifically wants to explore what ministry means in the context of a Historically Black University whose community members’ struggles he has a burden to address. He’s also looking forward to the beaches, getting outside to hike and enjoy God’s creation, and going to classical and jazz concerts while an intern at Delaware State University. A tuba and guitar player himself, Josh majored in music and has played at Carnegie Hall and in Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador while on tour with his orchestra. He also likes playing basketball and reading anything related to theology, history, and biography.
RUF at University of Delaware
Valerie Meck (University of Maryland)
Along with it being an opportunity to reach others with the Gospel, Valerie views her RUF internship as an opportunity to further inform her faith in a knowledgeable and trustworthy setting. While a freshman computer engineering student, she was brought by God to learn her limits and her need for a stable identity in Christ. RUF at the University of Pittsburgh provided her with an immediate family of “stable and consistent” Christians that showed her the love of Christ and how her identity could be found in Him. As an intern at the University of Maryland, Valerie is especially looking to explore the unique ways her non-Presbyterian upbringing can empower her to serve across denominational lines. She’s also looking forward to not dealing with Pittsburgh’s complicated transportation and mountainous landscape any more and trading it for the University of Maryland’s flatter build that has all the various types of commuters in mind. Her husband is also a computer person and they share a love of playing ukulele. Reading, water-skiing, and playing even more instruments are some of her other past-times.
RUF at University of Maryland
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
Callie Miller (University of Pittsburgh)
Callie 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
Joy Beans (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
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, UMBC’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 Lancaster, PA or Maryland. 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 University of Maryland Baltimore County
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