Ministry In Context Student

This fall, United in Faith is blessed to have one seminary student assigned to us for the 2018-2019 school year. The student is serving his Ministry in Context (MIC) contextual education assignment with UIF, which usually takes place during the second year of seminary study.

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) students spend about 7 hours a week in ministry with UIF (Sundays plus one or two other meeting days). They may lead Bible studies, attend ministry or committee or council meetings, preach, attend communion visits, or whatever else seems appropriate.

An MIC Lay Committee has been identified already who will work with all three students (Rich G., Pam M., Denise B., Kim C., Dawn C.). Each of the students will have an MIC project that they will lead, probably during the second semester (January – May).

On September 2nd, you will have a chance to meet Dalton Ruggieri. Come and welcome him with open arms!

His bio follows.


Dalton Ruggieri


I was born in New Jersey. My mother, father, younger brother, and I moved to rural Virginia (about an hour Southwest from Roanoke) the summer before my third grade. From there, I went to The College of William and Mary, a public university in Williamsburg, Virginia. I majored in Mathematics and minored in Judaic Studies. As an undergraduate, I felt called to ordained ministry, so upon graduation I came straight to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

When I'm not studying, I'm probably cooking. I especially like cooking (and eating) Italian food. Pasta is my favorite! In addition, I like playing games and solving puzzles. My favorite board game is chess, and Pokemon is my favorite video game. I don't watch television much, but when I do it is most likely sports. I root for the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Nationals. I enjoy staying active, so I take walks frequently, play on the LSTC Big Orange Flag Football Team, and participate in community yoga.

I am looking forward to meeting you all and being a part of this congregation.

Dalton Ruggieri

Aaron, Ruby & Liz - MIC Students 2017