A Deeper Love for Studying God's Word
Kyler Herrington has served as president of the Ratio Christi chapter at the University of Georgia for the last two years. This semester, he was acknowledged for his outstanding application of apologetics and his dedication to the chapter by Chapter Director Beth Sims. She explains why she recognized Kyler with RC’s Legatus Christi Certificate:
“The reason Kyler was selected is because he models the biblical concept of an ambassador for Christ in all areas of his life. He knows apologetics and practices evangelism and apologetics with gentleness and respect. He has been a top-level leader (president and presenter) in the UGA chapter of Ratio Christi for three years and has led with grace. He is a pre-med student, graduating this spring, and I know he will be an ambassador for Christ for a lifetime!”
We asked Kyler to share his experience of coming to Christ and learning apologetics:
Q: When did you find Christ as your Savior, and how did that come about?
A: Although I professed Christianity from a rather young age, it wasn’t until the beginning of my junior year in high school that I began to truly see my own sinfulness and that the cross of Christ was something borne on my behalf. Up until that time, I had intellectually assented to the gospel, but I had not yet believed. Looking back, it’s clear my life was centered on serving other idols that I imagined might bring me happiness. At conversion, God began to work in me a different set of desires, and I began to see my joy as rooted in the person of Christ.
Q: How did you get interested in apologetics?
A: I grew up in a rural town in south Georgia. In general, the churches in the area had little interest in apologetics. I am thankful for the first time I heard Ravi Zacharias on the radio. It immediately sparked an interest and personal study in apologetics that subsequently led to a deeper understanding of Christian theology.
Q: And how did you get involved with RC?
A: To the credit of Ravi Zacharias’ ministry RZIM, I first learned of Ratio Christi when I watched a live stream of a talk given by Nabeel Qureshi at Georgia Tech hosted by RC. When I had decided that I would attend the University of Georgia, I instantly reached out to our chapter there to learn more about getting involved.
Q: How would you describe this RC chapter?
A: Ratio Christi at the University of Georgia has always been small when one considers the large size of the university itself. There are a large number of other campus organizations where people invest their time. This has been a challenge that at times can seem discouraging. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else on a Monday night than at Ratio Christi. Regardless of whether we are having a planned group discussion or a guest speaker, I am always encouraged that there is a place where I can invite a skeptical friend or someone struggling with their faith.
Q: The Legatus Christi certificate was a surprise to you! What are your thoughts on being recognized as an outstanding apologetics student?
A: I didn’t have any warning and was really shocked. Though I’ve remained committed to Ratio Christi over the course of my four years at UGA, I didn’t expect this honor. I am eternally grateful for our chapter director, Beth Sims, and the commitment that she has made to serve Ratio Christi and the UGA campus through involvement with this organization.
Q: In what ways has apologetics enriched your life, your own faith and your witness to others?
A: Through the study of apologetics, I developed a deeper love for the study of God’s word. Ultimately, I know my hope is in Christ, and I feel prepared to give reasons for that hope, which is really just a necessary component of evangelism. Exponential evangelism is ultimately a way of describing what obedience to the great commission looks like -- intentionally sharing the good news of Jesus and making disciples who will go on to do the same. In the current age, and especially at university, this process of faithful evangelism relies heavily upon apologetic methods in order to winsomely persuade the unbelieving.
Q: Do you think you will “carry the torch” of the apologetics you’ve learned into your future , and how might you do so?
A: I certainly hope to ‘carry this torch,’ to point others to Christ. This may look different at various points in the future, but I would hope that in whatever station I find myself that both words and actions would honor Christ and be a witness to others. Whenever necessary, I hope to use what I have learned to eradicate intellectual barriers to faith that might block a skeptic’s view of the cross and of Christ.
Q: Now that you’re graduating, what do you think your future association with RC might be?
A: Yes, I’m graduating this year from UGA with my major in microbiology and minor in public health, but I am staying in Athens for medical school at the AU/UGA partnership campus of the Medical College of Georgia, and will likely join the group at RC when available.
Q: What are your short and/or long-term career/ministry/mission plans?
A: After medical school and residency training, I plan on returning to my rural hometown where I hope to be involved with a gospel-centered, Christ-exalting church plant.
Q: Tell us anything else you’d like our readers to know:
A: As a college student, I can’t stress enough the importance of some level of apologetics training for Christian students who are preparing to enter into university life. As followers of Christ, they ought to have good reasons for the hope that they have found in Christ, and they will need to be able to clearly articulate those reasons in a way that can engage a variety of competing worldviews.
Thank you Kyler, well-spoken. RC wants the best for you!
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