Rick Schenker is President and CEO of Ratio Christi, a campus-based, Christian apologetics organization, which he joined in February, 2011. Rick has a visionary leadership style, and has experience in business, government, public and media relations, fundraising, and non-profit management. He has a bachelor’s degree in Bible from Central Bible College, and has done graduate work in public policy at Regent University, along with additional postgraduate work in leadership and public administration. Rick has extensive experience in grass-roots political organization and campaigns in the state of Pennsylvania. As the chief elected official of the County government in Erie, Pennsylvania, he oversaw 1,100 employees and a $300 million budget.
Blake Anderson, after working for 15 years in the field of civil engineering and land development as a project manager, changed career paths to begin preparation for full time Christian ministry by Studying at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) toward a degree in apologetics. He served for two years at SES in curriculum development and as Vice President of Institutional Development. He has experience in marketing, communications, and business development. In 2008 Blake assisted in the formulation and direction of the startup Ratio Christi ministry. Blake has a passion to show Christians the value of the discipleship of the mind, and to convince unbelievers that the Christian faith has reasonable and trustworthy answers to the deepest and most probing questions of life. He currently lives with Carol, his wife of 17 years, and his three children near Charlotte, North Carolina. Blake rejoined the Ratio Christi team in April 2011 and is the Chief Operating Officer overseeing the daily operations and policies of the national and international campus ministry.
Caleb Nelson joined Ratio Christi in September of 2012 as the Director of Resources. His role includes locating and managing the distribution of curriculum, academic resources, media, literature, research material, speakers, etc. for the benefit of both Ratio Christi staff and chapter students. As part of the process, he develops partnerships with organizations and individuals in order to obtain the best apologetics resources for the enhancement of the objectives of both Ratio Christi and its partners. Having began his masters degree in Christian apologetics at Biola University in 2011, he also holds degrees in biology and aerial transportation. His career experience that ultimately lead him to Ratio Christi varied greatly, from park ranger to clinical laboratory technologist to aerial transportation specialist in the Air Force to veterinary assistant. However, his passion for the truth of the Christian worldview remains stable and paramount. Caleb currently resides in Rochester, MN with his wife Darlene and daughter Kjirsten.
John Stewart,the International Director for Ratio Christi, is a lawyer, Christian apologist, author and award-winning radio personality, holding earned degrees in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Law. John formerly co-hosted the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Bible Answerman” with the late Walter Martin and hosted his own nationally-syndicated radio show, “John Stewart Live.” John served as Professor of Law and Apologetics at the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (now Trinity Law School) in Anaheim, California, where he was also Assistant Dean of the Law Program. He later served as Assistant Director of the Christian Research Institute in El Toro, California. He is the author of three books, and has received many awards and recognitions, including an Angel Award for excellence in broadcasting, and was named “Pro-Life Broadcaster of the Year.” John testified by invitation as a Protestant Theologian before President George H. W. Bush’s Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Military. He has appeared as a guest on local and national television and radio, including CNN, national news on CBS, NBC and ABC, MacNeil-Lehrer, Good Morning America, and the E! Channel. John has spoken at many colleges, universities and law schools, and has also debated several times on college campuses, and has spoken at numerous churches throughout America, Africa and Asia. John is a visiting lecturer at Manna Bible Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, and Hindustan Bible Institute in Chennai, India. John, along with his wife, Laurie, are allied attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom. John maintains a law practice in California with Laurie, who is also practicing law in Iowa. In October 2012 they relocated to Iowa where Laurie grew up. Their adult daughters still live in Southern California.
Michael C. Sherrard is the Director of Ratio Christi College Prep, the preaching pastor at Crosspoint Community Church in Peachtree City, Ga, the author of Relational Apologetics, and a musician that has released several albums. Mike has a B.A. in Religion and a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics from Luther Rice Seminary and University. He is also a member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISCA).
Mike has been working with youth for over ten years and has a passion for equipping them with the knowledge necessary to love God deeply and defend their hope in Him faithfully. Through Ratio Christi College Prep, Mike desires to launch an evangelistic movement amongst youth so that all may know the goodness of our God.
Tom Gilson is the National Field Director for Ratio Christi, responsible for training and supporting the Regional and Chapter Directors. Tom was on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for over 30 years and has wide ranging experience as a ministry strategist, writer, teacher, HR leader, blogger, and apologist. He has a Masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He has served as a ministry strategist and writer for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, also known as BreakPoint; and has done strategic and organizational consulting work for Josh McDowell Ministry, the JESUS Film Project, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and other ministries as well as local churches. His “Worldview and You” column appears monthly at BreakPoint Online, and his 100-plus published articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Discipleship Journal, Touchstone Magazine, Areopagus Journal, and Salvo magazine, among others. Tom is the principal editor of the book, True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenges of Atheism. He and his wife, Sara, recently moved to Lebanon, Ohio from Yorktown, Virginia, along with their two college-age children, Jonathan and Lisa where he also works with King’s Domain, a conference center in southwest Ohio, to develop a Life Leadership Institute for emerging leaders.
Julie Loos is the Director of Prayer and Women's Outreach for Ratio Christi.
She has 12 years of leadership in the Moms in Prayer International ministry serving as the Missouri State Coordinator for four years until stepping into her current volunteer role as their College Groups Facilitator. She has also served as a small group leader in Bible Study Fellowship, is a graduate of Proverbs 31 Ministries’ SheSpeaks writer’s conference, and Dr. Frank Turek’s Cross Examined Instructors Academy. She participates in her local Reasonable Faith chapter, has joined the International Society for Women in Apologetics and is pursuing her Certificate in Apologetics from Biola University. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and Psychology, she enjoyed a career in advertising as an award-winning copywriter.
Julie Loos lives with her husband and two sons in St. Louis, MO. She is sending her oldest son to college this year. Her other son is in high school. She enjoys studying God’s word, exercising, reading, gardening and cooking. You’ll usually find her not far from a cup of coffee and piece of dark chocolate.
Abigail Hohenstreet, Assistant to the International Director, is a vivacious apologist. She brings an eccentric quality to her Ratio Christi family with passions for polemical and epistemological studies, international missions strategies, and strong tendency to quote The Colbert Report or Saturday Night Live! Abigail holds degrees in English Literature, Psychology, Political Science, Apologetics, and Biblical Counseling, emphasizing recovery for victims of crisis and trauma. She studied at North Idaho College, Purdue University, University of Oxford, and Luther Rice University and Seminary. Extracurricularly, Abigail was awarded first place in the Shakespearean Literary Competition at Purdue, nominated as College of Liberal Arts' Outstanding Senior, inducted into Who’s Who in American Universities, attained membership into Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Honors Societies, became an abolitionist with Exodus Cry, volunteered on Crisis Teams for Union Gospel Missions in Washington and Idaho, joined the Evangelical Theological and Philosophical Societies, and has been active in Amnesty International throughout her undergraduate and graduate careers. Work experience includes specialty in PsychoSocial and Community Based Rehabilitation, contracting as a classical pianist, management for inner city ministries in St.Louis, discipleship training in the Pacific Northwest and the Philippines, and editing research projects concerning Philosophy of Religion and Public Policy. Abigail has faithfully served in her home church, Post Falls Baptist, as a pianist, mentor, and secretary. As the youngest of seven, aunt to thirteen, and friend to many, Abigail counts these relationships as the most cherished blessings in her life. Above all, she is grateful to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for redemption and grace. "It is an honor to pour out all of my time, talent, and treasure for the sake of serving God and loving others."
Simon Brace is the Director of Evangelism at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Simon was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa where he completed high school and gained a Diploma in Land Surveying at Durban University of Technology. Simon worked in construction for many years and living in a number of different countries . Simon also holds a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in Apologetics and MA in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. As the Director of Evangelislm Simon leads TEAM, which is the missions program of SES, on local, national, and international trips. In addition to this Simon is also Chairman of the Board for Ratio Christi. This is a student campus ministry devoted to attending to the Christian heart and mind in light of the ideological challenge that confronts Christian students at universities both in the US and abroad. Simon is married to Nel whom he met while doing evangelism to Muslims in London. Nel and Simon have two daughters Eva and Olivia and a son Cai.
Clay Jones, is an Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University. He holds a D. Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Formerly hosted Contend for Truth, a call-in nationally syndicated talk radio program. On his program he debated many people over eight years including John Cobb, Jr.; a professor of Buddhism; Jamal Badawi, Islamic Information Institute; a Muslim cleric; Lee Holzinger, Church of Scientology; Mormons; Jehovah’s Witness Greg Stafford; Dallas Blanchard, RCRC; Peta representatives; a euthanasia advocate; a secular humanist, Rep. Loretta Sanchez; KFI talk show host Bill Handle; Jimmy Creech, SoulForce; Bruce Ware; R. C. Sproul, Jr.; Robert Morey; R. Scott Clark; and a KJV only advocate. Dr. Jones was the executive director of Simon Greenleaf University (now Trinity Law School) has been on the pastoral staff of two large churches; has authored apologetic software as well as encyclopedia and journal articles; is writing a book, Why God Allows Evil, and speaks widely on that subject.
Terry Gentry is is a retired businessman from Boone, North Carolina. He is on the Board of Directors for Ratio Christi – Appalachian State University. In college, Terry was the leader of Intervarsity Campus Ministries during his freshman year. After being unable to answer the tough intellectual attacks against Christianity, Terry abandoned his faith. Later in life, Terry came back to Christ with the help of various apologetics ministries. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Guilford College, and has an M.B.A. from UNC-G. He also attended Wheaton College for 1 1/2 years.
Mike Keas earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma. He experienced some of the last historic moments behind the Berlin Wall as a Fulbright Scholar in East Germany. He is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the College at Southwestern and an adjunct professor in Biola University’s M.A. program in Science and Religion. He teaches physical science, biology, philosophy, logic, apologetics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, intellectual history, and the history of science and religion. As a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute, he co-authors high school and college science curriculum. He also leads workshops for science teachers on how to teach about controversial subjects such as Darwinism. His work in the history and philosophy of science has received funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has addressed such topics in presentations at the East German Akademie der Wissenschaften, Humboldt University, Oxford University, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Wright Center for Science Education, and the University of Minnesota. He has contributed articles to several scholarly journals and anthologies, including the American Chemical Society's Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and Darwinism, Design and Public Education published by Michigan State University Press. He is the principal content provider for Focus on the Family’s apologetics website www.TrueU.org, which supports a college-oriented DVD apologetics curriculum.
Leo Percer grew up near the Mississippi River in Millington, Tennessee. He is currently the Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS) and the Program Director for the PhD in Theology and Apologetics at LBTS. Having a Ph.D. in Religion with minor in Philosophy from Baylor University as well as an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an MA in Humanities from Western Kentucky University, his emphasis is in New Testament Studies and has done research on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Christianity, and the Second Temple Period. He has written many academic articles including for the Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics. He enjoys engaging in worldview, apologetics, and evangelism conversations and brings a wealth of practical and academic experience to the RC team. Dr. Percer represents Liberty University on the Ratio Christi Board of Directors. His and his wife Lisa, married in 1994, now reside in Lynchburg, Virginia with their two children.
Jeremy Tedesco, Esq., serves as senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he currently leads litigation efforts to protect the rights of Christian students, faculty, and staff at public schools across the nation. In 2004, he earned his J.D. from the Regent University School of Law. Tedesco is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona; the Supreme and District Court of Arizona; the District Court of Colorado; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He serves on the Board of Ratio Christi.
He has extensive experience litigating religious freedom for Christian students, faculty, and staff at public schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. He serves as senior legal counsel and the director of the Secondary School Project with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., directing public school litigation efforts for the Center for Religious Liberty.
Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2004, Tedesco has passionately defended religious liberty, free speech, and the sanctity of human life. He currently specializes in protecting the First Amendment freedoms of students and faculty at public colleges and universities nationwide.
Tedesco has numerous courtroom victories, including Krestan v. Deer Valley Unified School District, where he prevailed in defending a Christian club’s right to publicize meetings via PA announcements. In O.T. v. Frenchtown Elementary School District Board of Education, he successfully argued that a student should be allowed to sing a Christian song during a school talent show. He obtained a favorable court ruling in Ward v. Polite on behalf of a Christian student unfairly expelled from a graduate counseling program because she was unwilling to affirm sexual relationships that are contrary to biblical teachings. He authored a friend-of-the-court brief in Van Orden v. Perry, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a carved granite display of the Ten Commandments on the Texas State Capitol grounds did not violate the Establishment Clause. He was also the primary brief writer in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, where the Supreme Court ruled that taxpayers who are offended cannot make unwarranted constitutional challenges. This significant victory curtailed one of the main avenues through which “offended observers” filed lawsuits under the federal Establishment Clause despite having no personal legal injury.
A staunch pro-life advocate, Tedesco’s career path was shaped by the heated debates he had on abortion with his high school friends. After studying Roe v. Wade, he discovered a love of constitutional law and our country’s legal heritage. He continued to be an activist in college, taking on the homosexual agenda. He experienced first-hand, as do so many of his current clients, the vilification and mistreatment of Christians for expressing their faith on campus. Without a doubt, Tedesco knew he needed to pursue a law degree and defend religious freedom.
Tedesco has numerous media appearances, including numerous radio and print interviews and as a guest on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom and Fox and Friends. He has also published an article in the Pepperdine Law Review.
Chuck Edwards has extensive experience engaging students in the areas of worldview analysis, Christian apologetics, popular culture, and rhetoric. As a speaker, author, and researcher, Chuck has spoken to thousands of students and adults, nationally and internationally, on a wide range of subjects. His passion is diaolguing with students about the important questions of life by investigating the underlying assumptions about the nature of reality, human experience, and the existence and nature of God.
Chuck and his wife, Pat, a watercolor artist and art teacher, live in Statesville, NC. They have two grown daughters.
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