Welcome to Penn State! Penn State is a wonderful, if not overwhelming, place to be! From football, to canning, to rigorous class schedules, sometimes you just want a place where you "belong". RUF at Penn State offers such a place in its welcoming, gospel-centered community. We welcome people from all backgrounds. If you are looking for a place to grow in your faith, or just want to explore what biblical Christianity is, please check us out.
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Joe Dentici is the campus minister of RUF at Penn State. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University (M.Div.). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and is married to Melissa. Melissa is a registered nurse who formerly worked on a Bone-Marrow Transplant Unit in Birmingham. They have have one daughter, Anne Charlotte, a son, Cannon, and a black lab named Knox. Joe and Melissa are thrilled to be in Happy Valley.
Austin grew up in Evansville, IN and got involved with RUF at Indiana University, where he graduated with a degree in Physics. He married his high school best friend/college sweetheart, Kaleigh, in 2016. He enjoys basketball, chess, and coffee, and he and Kaleigh like to hike together and read large numbers of books. They hope to someday own a dog that looks like a bear.
Julie grew up just outside of the city of Pittsburgh, PA, later attending the University of Pittsburgh and graduating with a degree in Social Work. God was at work through the community of RUF at Pitt, where the Lord sought Julie and she fell in love with Christ and the beauty of the gospel.
She is stoked for the privilege to spend the next two years interning with RUF at Penn State. She finds great joy in belly laughs, stars, freckles, dancing, awkward silences, curious questions, football, garden gnomes, bad movies, good books, all conversation, and enchiladas. She does not enjoy decision-making or mayonnaise. She would love to hang and process life and doubts and fears and joys with you; or to just eat chips and salsa with you, that’d be cool too.