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.
Jayna spent her early childhood years in Beacon, New York, but just before she turned 12, her family moved to Garner, North Carolina. The transition was weird at first because southern hospitality was such a foreign concept, but now she can't imagine not saying "yes ma'am" in response to questions asked of her. With a love for writing and people, Jayna 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. If she's not at her favorite local coffee shop, Jayna's probably at another coffee shop nearby. Otherwise, you can find Jayna talking about how much she loves orca whales, dancing wildly in her kitchen to pop music, or plotting a way for her to attend the next Academy Awards.