Missionaries

Joe Dentici

Joe Dentici is currently the campus minister at Penn State Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). Joe received his undergraduate degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and his Master of Divinity from the Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 2007.

Joe became a Christian during college and shortly afterwards decided to serve in full-time campus ministry. After receiving his Seminary degree, Joe returned to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and founded the RUF Campus Ministry at UAB where he served for 6 years. During this time, the ministry at UAB grew into a strong biblical presence on campus and Joe became a respected member of the college community. Joe is married to Melissa, and they have two children, Anne Charlotte and Cannon.

 

Richard Smith

Richard Smith is the Reformed University Fellowship-International (RUF-I) Campus Minister at Penn State University. Richard grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and attended the Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 1977 he started college at Winthrop College in Rock Hill and was involved with IVCF where he grew in the Lord and led a small group for three years; RUF was not there yet. He received a degree in Production Management in 1981, and was called to the ministry in 1981 at Urbana. He started seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson in 1983 and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1987.

Since then he has served three churches: Covenant Presbyterian in Fayetteville, Georgia as Associate Pastor (9 years); First Presbyterian in Florala, Alabama (4 years); and Northgate Presbyterian in Albany, Georgia (15 years). In the last 8 years he has led Northgate's International Ministry at Darton College, where he ministered to over 60 students every year. A year ago he and his wife, Lynne, started the process to join RUF-I, and he has just started a new RUF-I chapter at Penn State ministering to International students. Penn State has 45,000 students of which 8,400 are Internationals. Richard met his wife Lynne at Ridge Haven Conference Center in 1989 and they were married in 1990. They have two children, Rick and Evelyn. Richard enjoys reading, sports, gardening, people and exploring places of history.

 

Tim Yates

Tim Yates serves with Friends of the Chinese Reformed Theological Seminary (Friends of CRTS) in Taipei, Taiwan (www.friendsofcrts.org). Friends of CRTS is a US non-profit organization that supports Chinese Reformed Theological Seminaries (CRTS). Friends of CRTS is governed by a Board of Directors which is fully committed to the reformed faith as expressed by the Westminster Confession of Faith. As required by our bylaws, a majority of Board members are Pastors and Elders in the PCA. The Board of Directors decides which missionary teachers and special projects to support, and sets financial policies. They appoint an executive director who oversees the daily affairs of Friends of CRTS. Tim and his wife Barbara have seven children: Valerie, Natalie, Jonathan, Janine, Karen, Trisha and Nathan.