Four women associated with Ratio Christi were speakers for the first online women's apologetics conference. This was the fifth online conference put on by Athanatos Christian Ministry but the first with a slate of only women presenters. The 2014 theme was Women Equipping Women. Men were welcome to register! Chapter Directors Lori Peters (University of New Hampshire) and Letitia Wong (Missouri Baptist University) and RC Boosters team members Julie Loos and Kathryn Camp represented RC. Julie Miller, our Chapter Director at Rutgers, was scheduled to participate but at the last minute was not able.
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Brandon Katz may have been an unlikely candidate to help start a Ratio Christi chapter, but God didn’t think so! Although he comes from a Jewish home, he became a believer in Jesus in 2011, and partly through learning apologetics has also been used to bring his mother to Christ. But let’s start at the beginning.
Ratio Christi's national team is pleased to announce our newest Ratio Christi Regional Director, Don Brooks. Don has been severing with RC at Grand Valley State University in southwest Michigan, and has just recently taken on leadership responsibility for the upper midwest, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.
Chapter directors who serve in those states should expect to hear from him in the coming weeks and months, and I'm confident you'll appreciate his encouragement and ideas as he works with you.
Don's wife Kaeryn also brings a wealth of experience to us in the area of curriculum development and online deployment. We're just beginning to explore how she might be able to contribute using those skills.
Don was born to Christian parents who had come to faith in Jesus Christ early in their marriage. Don came to Christ at a young age and was baptized a number of years later.
During Don’s highschool years he and his parents debated his future. Don thought he would be an Olympic weightlifter, while his mother was convinced he would serve the Lord in full-time ministry. To no one’s surprise, Olympic gold was not in Don’s future, but he would submit himself to God’s call and go into full-time church ministry.
Don met his wife Kaeryn while studying at Grand Rapids Baptist College, now called Cornerstone University. They began to serve together in the area of youth in 1986 and were married in 1987. Don continued his ministry and education at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, now Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Don and Kaeryn continued to serve the Lord in church ministry until 2006, when they moved out east to train to be church planters. They began their church planting ministry in their home state of Michigan. Three years ago, Kaeryn was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that rapidly progressed to the point where full-time church ministry was no longer possible. Don began to prayerfully seek the Lord’s will for his future ministry.
In God’s time, He answered Don’s prayer by leading Don to Ratio Christi. The circumstances that God used to demonstrate his ministry will were both highly personal and remarkable. The clarity Don has that this is what God has led him to do is only matched by his excitement for the ministry of apologetics on campus, in the church, and in his community.
Over the years, Don’s church ministry included the states of Michigan, Illinois and Alaska. His most enjoyable ministry experiences often most often those with young people and college age students. Don’s favorite ministry memories, where he saw God at work include wilderness hiking, evangelistic basketball tourneys, sports camps, chess camps and college discipleship and outreach ministries.
Don and Kaeryn have seven children. They have five birth children whose ages range from 16 to 24. They have recently adopted two more children age 13 and 11.
Trinity Academy in Raleigh, N.C. invited our president, Rick Schenker, to talk about what he believes could be "The Next Great Awakening" and why today's Christian youth should learn how to express, defend and strengthen their faith through Christian apologetics. We've just received the video of this September 2014 presentation.
The Ratio Christi 2014 Symposium and Student Retreat was both great fun and three days of serious learning. We started out at the annual Southern Evangelical Seminary Conference, with our staff, leadership and over 80 Ratio Christi students from various colleges attending breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics. See the slide show at the bottom of the page.
Grant Willey was the first student to help form the Ratio Christi chapter at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in 2010, along with its first Chapter Director, Patrick Collins. Collins recently departed for seminary training, and student Willey will now be the co-director under Billie Goodson.
Before leaving, Collins praised this new leadership team in a “farewell interview," and presented Willey with a Legatus Christi certificate* as a student demonstrating outstanding application of our apologetics training.
Speaker and best-selling author David Limbaugh has endorsed Ratio Christi on YouTube. He spoke at our Annual Symposium Dinner on October 11, 2014 and spent time with our attending members and other presenters in the field of Christian apologetics. This fed his desire to tell more people how important and impactful our training can be in today's culture.
Ratio Christi and Kregel Publications are pleased to announce that Ratio Christi will have an imprint partnership with Kregel for book publication.
The agreement came about when Tom Gilson, Ratio Christi’s National Field Director, was in the editing process with Kregel for his co-edited (with Carson Weitnauer) book, True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, a collaborative work of more than a dozen authors to show that Christianity, much more than atheism, can claim to be a reasonable worldview. Gilson’s chief contact at Kregel was Dennis Hillman, Kregel’s publisher, who in the course of their conversations proposed the idea of working even more closely with Ratio Christi.