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

Certificate Recipients
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 storyRelated 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:

  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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