WHAT IS THE LEGATUS CHRISTI AWARD?
An award has been established to recognize those students that have met the high standards established by Ratio Christi. Thus, a Legatus Christi Certificate (Latin for Ambassador of Christ) may be conferred on any student that has demonstrated the use of apologetics in evangelistic conversations and is willing and able to regularly teach other believers the skills they have learned.
LEGATUS CHRISTI AWARD WINNERS
at Ratio Christi
|Student Name||University||Date||Notes & Interview Links|
|Jordan Slusher||University of North Carolina Charlotte||October 18, 2012||All subsequent Legatus Christi awards are given in honor of Jordan Slusher. Jordan’s story. Related article.|
|Chris Korcsmaros||Shepherd University||2013||Chris Korcsmaros, Shepherd University’s “Pied Piper for Christ”|
|Trevor Tackett||University of Kentucky||2014||Ratio Christi Announces “Legatus Christi” Award to University of Kentucky Student Trevor Tackett|
|Isaac Woodward||Rutgers University||2014||Two Rutgers U Chapter Members Receive Legatus Christi Certificates – Part One|
|Andrea Morocoima||Rutgers University||2014||Two Rutgers U Chapter Members Receive Legatus Christi Certificates – Part Two|
|Czar Bernstein||Florida State University||2014||Meet Czar Bernstein, Legatus Christi Recipient and Future Professor|
|Casper Oliver||Richard Stockton College||2014||For Casper Oliver, All Roads Led to Christ|
|Ryan Scarbel||University of North Carolia Greensboro||2014||Ryan Scarbel: Young Student With Seasoned Apologist’s Heart|
|Cody Bourse||University of Michigan Dearborn||2014||Spotlight on Outstanding RC Students at University of Michigan Dearborn – Part Two|
|Olivia Mensah||University of Michigan Dearborn||2014||Spotlight on Outstanding RC Students at University of Michigan Dearborn – Part One|
|Brian Bercea||University of Michigan Dearborn||2014||(Not interviewed)|
|Jackson Turner||University of Georgia||2014||Meet Jackson Turner, the “Backbone” of his RC Chapter|
|Grant Willey||University of Alabama at Huntsville||2014||Ratio Christi Student Grant Willey: Critical Thinking about “Traditional” vs. “New”|
|Tim Hsaio||Florida State University||2014||(Not interviewed)|
|Brandon Katz||University of Maryland||2014||Brandon Katz: The Jewish Believer Producing More Disciples for Christ|
|Bentley Anderson, Matthew Beazley, Gaby Bermudez, Megan Brock, Anna Greenlee||University of Mississippi||2015||A Fruitful Season: Efforts at “Ole Miss” Pay Off in a Big Way (Part One) and (Part Two)|
|Andrew Robbins||Texas A&M||2015||Five Years of Good Reasons for What We Do|
|Dan Martin||University of New Hampshire||2015||Dan Martin: Living and Sharing the Faith as a Scientist|
|Caitlin Montgomery||University of Virginia||2015||The Girl Who Started Everything at UVA|
|Dominic Silla||Stockton University||Spring 2015||(Not interviewed)|
|Marcus Ussery||Sam Houston State University||2015||Introducing “Magnet Man” from RC st SHSU|
|Dan Palmere, Tina Rucker||Florida State University||2015||RC Grads Return to Help Their Chapter|
|Joel Ballivian, Zach Kuhl, Kari Zigterman||Western Michigan University||2015||Outstanding RC Students Prove Prediction of a Great Spring at WMU|
|Madison Blake, Victoria Israel, Zoe Polites, Katie Ann Shaw, Emily Turner||RC College Prep, N.C.||2015||Introducing our first group of outstanding RC College Preppers!|
|Nicholas James||Toccoa Falls College||2015||(Not interviewed)|
|Jordan Karausky||Rutgers University||Fall 2015||(Not interviewed)|
|Luke and Lauren Savage, Colby McMurry, Joseph Manzewitsch||University of North Carolina Charlotte||Spring 2015||UNCC Continues Special Legatus Christi Legacy|
|Madison Marston||University of North Carolina Wilmington||Fall 2015||(Not interviewed)|
|Richard “Isaac” McKown||Marshall University||2015||(Not interviewed)|
|Luke Prudich||West Virginia University||Fall 2015||Determined Not to be Deterred|
|Jonathan Arroyo||San Jose State University||Spring 2016||For This Student, Apologetics Joined Knowledge With Faith|
|Tori Novack||Stockton University||Spring 2016||Future Educator Prepares to be Evangelical Torch-Bearer|
|Tanner Burt, Jeremy Evans, Mark Kloosterman||Western Michigan University||Spring 2016||“Intentional Discipleship” at Western Michigan University|
|Emma Hilton||University of North Carolina Wilmington||Spring 2016||Growing Closer to God Through Apologetics|
|Luke Long||University of Kentucky||Spring 2016||Don’t Let the Culture Teach You What to Beleive|
|Jenna Shackleford||RC College Prep, N.C.||Spring 2016||Apologetics Made Me a Confident Christian|
|Matthew Adamson||University of Alabama Huntsville||Spring 2016||Apologetics and RC Kept Me from Leaving Christianity|
|Jessica Thompson||Rutgers University||Spring 2016||Becoming All Things to All People with Apologetics|
|Jesse Perl||Winthrop University||Spring 2016||From Legalism to Freedom|
|Grant & Lexi Forrester||University of North Carolina Wilmington||Fall 2016||RC Married Student Couple Takes Mentoring Others Seriously|
|Jakeb Shuck||Marshall University||Spring 2017||I Was Dramatically Unprepared to Answer Questions about My Faith|
|David Zilz||Purdue University||Spring 2017||My Teen Years Brought a Crisis that Made Me Own My Faith|
|Paul Kalbfleisch||Purdue University||Spring 2017||(Not interviewed)|
|Rachel VanBeek||Western Michigan Unviersity||Spring 2017||“Apologetics helped me see outside of ‘I Grew Up in Church‘!”|
|Jordan Andershock||University of Tennessee Knoxville||Spring 2017||“I Didn’t Have to Look for a Purpose – I Had It in Jesus”|
|Julia Sant||Western Michigan Unviersity||Spring 2017||“What a Gift Apologetics has Been for Me!”|
|Caleb Itterly||Appalachian State University||Spring 2017||“Thankful to God & RC with Focus on Jesus“|
|A.J. DelGesso||Stockton University||Spring 2017||Equipping Students to Fight Back Against the Attacks of the Enemy|
|Zachary Lawson||Texas A&M||Spring 2017||“Apologetics Made Me a Much Better Thinker“|
|Ryan Crews||Special Certificate||Winter 2018||It Takes Persistence to Be an Ambassador for Christ|
|Kyler Herrington||Unviersity of Georgia||Spring 2018||A Deeper Love for Studying God’s Word|
|Benjamin Williamson||Liberty University||Spring 2018||“Apologetics is part of my relationship with the Lord“|
|Victoria Davidson, Tyler Garmany||University of Georgia||Spring 2018||RC Graduates Using Apologetics as an Everyday Tool for Relationships|
|Amos Crew||George Mason University||Spring 2018||Former Marine Marches On — This Time Armed with Apologetics|
|Emily Williams||Germanna Community College||Spring 2018||Not yet interviewed.|
|Judson Roy||RC College Prep, TX.||Spring 2018||Not yet interviewed.|
Legatus Christi Standards
Each student receiving the designation of Legatus Christi—Ambassador for Christ—will have completed a challenging course of study in areas of Christian apologetics, worldview analysis, evangelism, and Christian thinking that has better equipped them to be leaders in the Christian community, disciple makers, and evangelists for Jesus Christ. In order to earn this title the Ratio Christi member will:
- Demonstrate greater biblical and philosophical understanding, Christian commitment, spiritual discernment, and more effective evangelism, at the end of their involvement than at the beginning.
- Be better equipped to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and defend its truth claims against objections.
- Develop a better understanding of the cultural milieu in which they live and better know how to engage that culture with love, respect, and humility.
- Gain a better understanding of the religious alternatives in their community and in the world by investigating such items as various world religions, religious sects, and cults and know how to respond in an effective manner.
- Defend the concept of truth, its nature, and its application against contrary claims.
- Develop the skills to accurately interpret the scriptures using solid hermeneutical principles.
- Articulate the arguments for God’s existence, the validity of miracles, the reliability of the Bible, and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Apply scriptural principles of love, gentleness, and respect in engagement with non-Christians.
- Grow deeper into the Sacred Romance, resulting in a lifestyle commended by the Scriptures.
- Better integrate their thinking and lives in line with the Ratio Christi mission statement and the historic Christian faith.
- Be able to identify some basic challenges in apologetics related to God, miracles, Christ, and the Bible. They will be able to defend the Faith from the challenges in these areas and be able to present a logical, systematic approach to apologetics.
- Be able to teach the things learned to other faithful men and women who will be able to teach others also.
- Understand and apply the principles of servant leadership.
- Be able to show a heart of compassion to everyone, whether believer or non-believer, in the exercise of the evangelistic and apologetic effort and be able to skillfully apply God’s grace and truth to areas of sin and misunderstanding both in their own lives and in the lives of others.
- Be better able to engage both Christians and non-Christians in conversation concerning humanity’s fallen nature and the provision of grace via Jesus’ atonement on humanity’s behalf to all that trust in Christ.
These can also be summed up in four core values:
- Academic rigor. Someone who has pursued God with their mind.
- Demonstrated, Christ-like character (integrity).
- Enthusiastic evangelism. Engages others with compassion and respect.
- Willing to teach others which leads to exponential impact.
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