Staff and Leaders
Director of The Wesley Foundation
Jen Gruendler has been in State College since late August 2014. She loves that God has called her to serve as the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Paul’s UMC and Wesley Foundation where she gets to work daily with a diverse group of amazing Penn State students from around the state, country and world. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelors from University of Colorado, Boulder (Go Buffs!). She has a passion for exploring the intersections of faith and life and justice, for enjoying the great outdoors, and believes grace and love can transform just about anything. She is a Minnesota girl at heart, who loves Jesus, the mountains, college sports, Chai tea, large bodies of water, and sound theology. Her favorite job in the world is being “Aunt Jenny” to her beautiful and spunky niece, nephew, cousins and Godchildren. If you are looking for support, looking for a way to grow in your faith, or just want to sit and chat about life over tea and coffee she would love to get to know you!
Abba Java Coffeehouse Manager
Sue graduated from Penn State in 1990 with a degree in elementary education. She hopes that Abba Java is a place where students can come to feel "at home" - safe, loved, and refreshed. Her favorite part about Abba Java is meeting and getting to know students! She loves hearing about their studies and plans for the future! Sue is a mother of three daughters and an animal lover who is also "mom" to two dogs, a parrot, and a horse. Sue is the person to contact if you wish to volunteer or get more involved at Abba Java!
Student Ministry Assistant
Major: Marketing & Psychology
Hometown: Horsham, PA
Favorite Place in State College: Old Main Lawn
Favorite Breakfast Food: Tofu Scramble
Favorite inspirational quote that helps guide your life? "A thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but I have come so that you may have life, and have it in its fullest" John 10:10
Student Ministry Assistant
Major: Community, Environment, and Development
Hometown: Haymarket, VA
Favorite Penn State Creamery Ice cream Flavor: Coffee Break
Favorite Place in State College: Abba Java (how corny)
If you could have one super power what would it be: The ability to take away anyone's (including myself) stress
St. Paul's and Wesley Intern
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Huntington Mills, PA
Favorite Place in State College: The Life Sciences Bridge on campus. I could sit and watch people walk by all day!
Favorite Breakfast Food: Home fries!
Favorite inspirational quote that helps guide your life?
"She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans" -Kobi Yamada
Abba Java Event Intern
Major: Anthropology and Russian
Hometown : Collegeville, PA
Favorite Penn State Creamery Ice cream Flavor: Peanutbutter Swirl
Favorite Place in State College : The duck pond by the Hintz alumni center (especially when there are baby ducks in the springtime)
If you could have one super power what would it be : teleportation - so I would never be late to anything plus I could travel anywhere in the world for free
Abba Java Volunteer Management Intern
Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Hometown: Chantilly, Virginia
Favorite PSU Creamery flavor: Happy Happy Joy Joy
Favorite inspirational quote that helps guide your life: “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9
St. Paul's Children's Ministry Intern
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Favorite Creamery Flavor: Cookies n Cream or Death by Chocolate
Favorite Breakfast Food: Egg White omelet with Spinach and ham/ Waffles
One super power: I would want the ability to fill anything, i.e., a water bottle, gas in my car, my bank account
Abba Java Event Intern
Major: Advertisement/ PR
Hometown: Biglerville PA
Favorite Penn State Creamery Ice cream Flavor: Peachy Paterno
Favorite inspirational quote that helps guide your life: " Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly" - JFK
Abba Java Management Intern
Major: Smeal Business School
Hometown: Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
Local and Global Health Ministries Intern
Major: Immunology and Infectious Disease
Hometown: Born in Manila, Philippines | Family currently in Montgomery, AL
Favorite Penn State Creamery Ice cream Flavor: Wicked caramel sundae
Favorite Place in State College: Arboretum
Favorite inspirational quote that helps guide your life: "The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want." -F. Scott Fitzgerald
Graduate Student Leader
Major: PhD Candidate Meteorology
Favorite Place in State College: Penn State Golf Course
Favorite Creamery Ice-cream: Death by Chocolate
Any Super Power? Atmokinesis... endless case studies and control over the chaos.
Wesley Leadership Team Student Leader
Hometown: State College, PA
Favorite Breakfast Food: Home Fries
Favorite Scripture: Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Karen grew up in State College and has attended St. Paul's her entire life. She graduated from Penn State in 2004 with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Karen, her husband, Steve and two boys, James and Zachary currently reside in Pine Grove Mills.