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Robert Knuth

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.

Robert earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary at Charlotte. Before then, 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.

After many visits to the Leelanau Peninsula, Robert developed an affection for all things Michigan. From the cold, snowy winters to the abundant access of fresh water lakes in the summertime, the Knuths are absolutely thrilled to live in Ann Arbor and be a part of how God grows His Kingdom up in the “Mitten.”

When Robert is not on campus, you’ll most likely find him taking his son, Peter (July 2018) and daughter, Abigail (December 2019) for a walk in the park. He finds 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

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.