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Weekly Large Group Meeting on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9pm in Anderson D on the First Floor of the Michigan Union

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Robert Knuth

Robert Knuth

Campus Minister

Robert grew up along the coast of Virginia Beach, VA where he developed such a love for his  native state that he decided to attend Washington and Lee University. He graduated from W&L in  May of 2014 with a BA in Religion and German. Most importantly though (thanks to RUF), he  carried with him a new-found love for the person and work of Jesus Christ.  

From 2014-2016, he served for two years as a RUF intern at the University of Georgia. It was  during the internship that he met his wife, Katherine, who also served as a RUF intern. Even  though she attended Wake Forest University during her undergraduate years, Katherine originally  hails from Leland, MI.  

Upon graduation from Reformed Theological Seminary at Charlotte in 2019 with a Masters of  Divinity degree, Robert planted RUF at Michigan in the Fall of 2019. He was officially ordained  in March 2020 as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).  

When he is not on campus, you’ll most likely find him taking his son, Peter (July 2018) and/or  his daughter, Abigail (December 2019), for a walk in the park. He will find any excuse to play  the board game "Settlers of Catan" with friends, or especially on nice days, explore downtown Ann Arbor with Katherine. Go Blue! 

Christina Ribbens

Christina Ribbens

Intern

Originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, Christina has been living in Michigan for the past five years—first in Grand Rapids where she went to Calvin University to study History, Data Science, and Graphic Design. Then, after graduating in 2019, she moved to Ann Arbor for a year-long job opportunity. Shortly after arriving in town, Christina met Robert and Katherine Knuth. They quickly bonded over being new in town and their shared Virginia roots. With the Knuth's infectious enthusiasm about the new RUF chapter at Michigan and Christina's own love for student ministry she became excited about the vision and began to pitch in where she could. After volunteering for a year, giving rides and meeting with students here and there, Christina is now joining RUF at Michigan full time as an intern. She's looking forward to connecting with students and helping to build a welcoming Christian community at the University of Michigan. In her free time, Christina enjoys doodling, improv comedy, hosting pancake parties, and watching obscure sports.