2018 Terri Ruffatto Memorial Scholarship

The Terri Ruffatto Memorial Scholarship has been set up to honor Terri's memory and her desire that the Gospel of Jesus Christ be delivered to the unique culture that is Law Enforcement.


The Terri Ruffatto Memorial Scholarship awards scholarships to LCMS seminary students based on an express interest in practical theology in the area of chaplaincy. The scholarship funds cover Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Seminar tuition and room & board to attend the seminar.


  •  Be a student in good standing at Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri) or Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
  •  Complete an essay of no more than 750 words expressing the desire of possibly serving as a law enforcement chaplain and answering: “How might our Lutheran understanding of both the proper distinction of Law and Gospel and Two-Kingdoms theology help a chaplain (or other person) to bring the Gospel to those who are in the field of Law Enforcement and their families?”
  • Complete registration for the Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Seminar and attach it to the above mentioned essay.


Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and disbursed directly through Peace Officer Ministries for the full amount of the Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Seminar tuition and room & board as delineated in the course registration form. This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.


  • The application deadline is April 30. The deadline is the date after which applications will no longer be accepted. Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. uses the postmarked date to determine mailed entries.
  •  Applicants will be informed via e-mail by May 2 of the winner of the scholarship. The number of winners each year is determined by funds availability.


Please submit applications by April 30 to:
Peace Officer Ministries, Inc.
Attn: Terri Ruffatto Memorial Scholarship
1 Deerwalk Lane Suite #100
Charleston, WV 25314

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Terri Lynn Ruffatto
October 1, 1965 –
October 7, 2014

Peace Officer Ministries, Mission Support Coordinator

As the Mission Support Coordinator for Peace Officer Ministries, Terri Ruffatto had a desire that every peace officer everywhere would hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have His Word put in their hands and hearts and minds. 

Our Lord Jesus called Terri back to Himself on October 7, 2014 after her battle with breast cancer. She lost the battle; but, in Christ, He won the war for her.  Her favorite verse: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Terri was born October 1, 1965, in Bluefield, West Virginia to Frank Elsworth Goodman Jr. and Sharon Ann (Goodman) Miller. She graduated from Rocky Gap High School.

Terri earned an A.A. in Liberal Arts from St. Leo University and was working to complete her B.A. in Business Management with Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. She held a number of executive administrative positions both within the Air Force and civilian life. 

Terri was baptized and was very active in her church, home-educated her three daughters, and was the Mission Support Coordinator for Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit law enforcement chaplaincy ministry. As the wife of a peace officer, she had a passion for helping officers to see their work as a godly vocation – a necessary good in the face of evil. She was the rock of faith and support for the family when Frank retired from police work and went to seminary to become a Lutheran pastor. While in St. Louis, Terri enjoyed working for the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod’s World Mission Communication’s Department as a Communications Specialist.