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.

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Dawson HenryAlaska Bible CollegeSpring 2022

Certificate Recipients
Student Name University Date Notes
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
Trevor Tackett University of Kentucky 2014
Isaac Woodward Rutgers University 2014 Two Rutgers U Chapter Members Receive Legatus Christi Certificates – Part One
Andrea Morocoima Rutgers University 2014
Czar Bernstein Florida State University 2014 Meet Czar Bernstein, Legatus Christi Recipient and Future Professor
Casper Oliver Richard Stockton College 2014
Ryan Scarbel University of North Carolia Greensboro 2014
Cody Bourse University of Michigan Dearborn 2014
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
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
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 at 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
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
Jonathan Arroyo San Jose State University Spring 2016
Tori Novack Stockton University Spring 2016
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
Luke Long University of Kentucky Spring 2016
Jenna Shackleford RC College Prep, N.C. Spring 2016
Matthew Adamson University of Alabama Huntsville Spring 2016
Jessica Thompson Rutgers University Spring 2016
Jesse Perl Winthrop University Spring 2016
Grant & Lexi Forrester University of North Carolina Wilmington Fall 2016
Jakeb Shuck Marshall University Spring 2017
David Zilz Purdue University Spring 2017
Paul Kalbfleisch Purdue University Spring 2017 (Not interviewed)
Rachel VanBeek Western Michigan Unviersity Spring 2017
Jordan Andershock University of Tennessee Knoxville Spring 2017
Julia Sant Western Michigan Unviersity Spring 2017
Caleb Itterly Appalachian State University Spring 2017
A.J. DelGesso Stockton University Spring 2017
Zachary Lawson Texas A&M Spring 2017
Ryan Crews Special Certificate Winter 2018
Kyler Herrington Unviersity of Georgia Spring 2018
Benjamin Williamson Liberty University Spring 2018
Victoria Davidson, Tyler Garmany University of Georgia Spring 2018
Amos Crew George Mason University Spring 2018
Emily Williams Germanna Community College Spring 2018 Not yet interviewed.
Judson Roy RC College Prep, TX. Spring 2018 Not yet interviewed.
Melanie Blagdon Crandall University Spring 2018
Phillip Macdonald Winthrop University Spring 2018
Jacob Beyer Winthrop University Spring 2018
Scott Halliwell Winthrop University Spring 2018
Matthew Lowe University of Tennessee Spring 2018
Walter Derryberry University of Tennessee Spring 2018
Samuel Knight University of North Carolina Wilmington Spring 2018
Robert Kirkman University of North Carolina Wilmington Spring 2018
Kinza Kirkman University of North Carolina Wilmington Spring 2018
Corin Wenger Northwestern Michigan College Spring 2018
Timothy Oh University of California at Los Angeles Spring 2018
David Leyva III University of California at Los Angeles Spring 2018
Alison Bean UNC-Greensboro Summer 2018
Evangeline Lloyd Ratio Christi College Prep Summer 2018
Natalie Abernathy Ratio Christi College Prep / FTCC Summer 2018
Christopher Gogo Methodist University Summer 2018
Andrew Wilson University of South Carolina Winter 2018
Jonathan William Kennesaw State University Winter 2018
Erick Andrews Kennesaw State University Winter 2018
Sam Robertson University of Tennessee Spring 2019
Devonte Narde Liberty University Spring 2019
Ashley Peters Liberty University Spring 2019
Isaiah Parker Liberty University Spring 2019
Kendra Smith Liberty University Spring 2019
Ashley Peters Liberty University Spring 2019
Shelby Spencer Winthrop University Spring 2019
James Camp Winthrop University Spring 2019
Cole Thompson Grand Valley State University Spring 2019
Phillip Mastoridis Rowan University Spring 2019
Nicole Vega Stockton University Spring 2019
Joel Mohrmann University of Nebraska – Lincoln Spring 2019
Kirk Lowe York Technical College Spring 2019
Christian Alter York Technical College Spring 2019
Joshua Fishman University of Kentucky Spring 2019
Hannah Montague University of Arizona Spring 2020
Weslee Green University of Arizona Spring 2020
Brady Nelms University of Tennessee Spring 2020
Luke Bassett Grand Valley State University Spring 2020 Recipient of Legatus Christi 
Zachary Parisi Rowan University Spring 2020 Recipient of Legatus Christi
Aaron Wenger Western Michigan University Spring 2020
Matthew Davis Western Michigan University Spring 2020
Levi Durham Western Michigan University Spring 2020
Diana Campbell Western Michigan University Spring 2020
Kyle William Huitt Western Michigan University Spring 2020
Kevin West Liberty University Online Spring 2020
Lauren Mullininx University of Georgia Spring 2020
Mitchell Walker The Ohio State University Spring 2020
Jeremiah R Smith Ohio State University Spring 2020
Christopher McCready Crandall University Spring 2020 A Model Apologist-in-the-Making: Christopher McCready
Conlan Sherman University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spring 2020
Carolyn J Garner University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spring 2020
Jordan E Berryman Liberty University Spring 2020 High School Graduate Receives Ratio Christi’s Highest Honor 
Zachary McCray Rice University Winter 2020
Robin Kim Rice University Winter 2020  A Desire to Explain
Jaelyn Morgan Liberty University Spring 2021 A Sincere Commitment to Christ
Matthew Kloos University of Iowa Spring 2021  Effectively Communicating Christ
Corie Cozia Liberty University Spring 2021 Corie Cozia: A Humble Witness
Victoria Warner Liberty University Spring 2021 Infectious Enthusiasm For Apologetics Apparent in Victoria Warner
Samuel Scheufler University of Houston Spring 2021  Legatus Christi Article
Daniel Land University of Houston Spring 2021  Legatus Christi Article
Christopher Stockman Indiana University Spring 2021
Kiran Boone Washington University in St. Louis Spring 2021  Testimony Matters
Samuel Herrington University of Kentucky Spring 2021  Growing in Christ
Matthew Romer University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring 2021
Elizabeth Purdue University Spring 2021  The Christian Thinker
Arielle Leake University of North Carolina at Wilmington Spring 2021  Growing in Confidence and Boldness
Scarlett Black Winthrop University Spring 2021
Rebecca Causey Winthrop University Spring 2021
Nicholas Kendrick University of South Carolina Spring 2021
Amanda Campbell University of Tennessee, Knoxville Spring 2021
Cody Levi University of Tennessee, Knoxville Spring 2021
Joem Blado Houston Baptist University Spring 2021
Benjamin Galindino Houston Baptist University Spring 2021
Matthew Kovar Ohio State University Spring 2021
Nelson Novales Purdue University Winter 2021
Nicholas Tedla Purdue University, Indianapolis Spring 2022
Ben Pankratz Kansas State University Spring 2022   Grasping the Mission
Matthew Hawkins Colorado State University Spring 2022
Alex Weber The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Spring 2022
Dawson Henry Alaska Bible College Spring 2022
Ellen Maye University of Tennessee, Knoxville Spring 2022
D. Abigail Macaria University of Tennessee, Knoxville Spring 2022
Alicja Zeligowska University of Tennessee, Knoxville Spring 2022
John Sadik University of Tennessee, Knoxville Spring 2022
Jacob Jones Boise State University Spring 2022
Matey Yanakiev Rice University Spring 2022
Alex Dagit Liberty University Spring 2022
Zach Thompson University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring 2022
Rachel Mikkola Liberty University Spring 2022
Katelynn Massey Ratio Christi College Prep – Texas Hill Country Chapter Spring 2022
Sydney Shaffer Ratio Christi College Prep – Texas Hill Country Chapter Spring 2022
Jonah Foster Louisiana State University Spring 2022
Kelby Beeson Louisiana State University Spring 2022
Clark Moghadam Ratio Christi College Prep–Lincoln, NE Spring 2022
Evan Parker Ratio Christi College Prep–Lincoln, NE Spring 2022

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:

  1. Demonstrate greater biblical and philosophical understanding, Christian commitment, spiritual discernment, and more effective evangelism, at the end of their involvement than at the beginning.
  2. Be better equipped to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and defend its truth claims against objections.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Defend the concept of truth, its nature, and its application against contrary claims.
  6. Develop the skills to accurately interpret the scriptures using solid hermeneutical principles.
  7. Articulate the arguments for God’s existence, the validity of miracles, the reliability of the Bible, and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  8. Apply scriptural principles of love, gentleness, and respect in engagement with non-Christians.
  9. Grow deeper into the Sacred Romance, resulting in a lifestyle commended by the Scriptures.
  10. Better integrate their thinking and lives in line with the Ratio Christi mission statement and the historic Christian faith.
  11. 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.
  12. Be able to teach the things learned to other faithful men and women who will be able to teach others also.
  13. Understand and apply the principles of servant leadership.
  14. 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.
  15. 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:

  1. Academic rigor. Someone who has pursued God with their mind.
  2. Demonstrated, Christ-like character (integrity).
  3. Enthusiastic evangelism. Engages others with compassion and respect.
  4. Willing to teach others which leads to exponential impact.

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