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Two wheels to Orlando

Chaplain rides motorcycle to 2011 Churchwide Assembly to raise funds, awareness for campus ministries

Matt Riegel, chaplain of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at West Virginia University, Morgantown, made the 1,676-mile trip to the Churchwide Assembly on a vintage motorcycle purchased for $1,200 at a garage sale.

Julie FletcherHe wanted to raise funds for and draw attention to Lutheran Campus Ministry, which has undergone cuts.

Riegel, an ELCA pastor, interviewed WVU alumni along his route, asking about the long-term influence of campus ministry on their lives.

More than 50 people pledged between one cent to $1 per mile with a 1,000-mile cap. Riegel said he raised $8,000.


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