By Rick Schenker
Ratio Christi was launched in 2008. Taking an idea that started at Appalachian State University, seminary students at Southern Evangelical Seminary quickly expanded the concept to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Within a year they had expanded to other universities: Ohio State, NC State, and Texas A&M. By the end of 2010 they had ten chapters at universities--including one in South Africa.
On February 2, 2011, Ratio Christi became an independent organization. Today we are now one of the fastest growing apologetics ministries in the country with nearly 100 university chapters headed by a resident apologist. Each chapter is a student led apologetics club that is or is seeking to be an official student club.
In addition, this effort is creating opportunities for the entire apologetics enterprise as we:
Recruit students and alumni of seminaries that train apologists to help them become leaders in the campus apologetics movement.
Engage the services of many apologetics ministries by holding one or two events at each university every year.
In August 2011, we became the first organization to start hiring apologists to become full time missionaries at universities. Since then, we have vetted and are putting in the field over 20 missionaries across the nation who are beginning to raise their funds to become a full time apologist at a university.
Today we are in the process of launching Ratio Christi International to take this vision to universities around the world. We have so much interest from around the globe, that we are bringing on a full time director just to handle the complexities of our international efforts.