Caitilyn Beebe: Overcoming Fear

When did you come to Christ as Lord and Savior, and how did that come about?

I was saved at a young age after I started asking my parents questions about the faith. At the time, I hesitated to pursue baptism because I was afraid of being in front of a large crowd. As I grew in my faith, I realized that obeying Christ is more important than avoiding my fears. I got baptized, and, ever since, I’ve strived to grow my reliance upon Christ and His Word.

In your high school church youth group, how much did you learn about the Christian faith and reasons to believe?

I was blessed to have a high school youth group that focused on Scripture and engaged with apologetics questions. I remember going through apologetics-related books in the summers that covered topics such as historical evidence for the Resurrection and what techniques to use in apologetics conversations.

How did you become interested in apologetics, and how did you get involved with Ratio Christi?

I love getting to explore intellectual topics, so apologetics naturally piqued my interest. I first got involved with Ratio Christi informally at the university in my hometown during high school. I tagged along during tabling, which helped me to get out of my comfort zone and to be more prepared for having Gospel conversations with college students. Thus, when I became a college student, I was thrilled that there was already a group on Baylor’s campus that I could be involved in.

What impact has the Ratio Christi ministry had on your walk with God and your personal ministry?

Ratio Christi has helped me to be more intentional about evangelism and about thinking through why I believe what I believe. It has helped me to become more confident about sharing the Gospel and connecting with other believers. My experiences through Ratio Christi have also been formulative in how I approach my own questions about what Scripture says.

What is this RC chapter like?

Ratio Christi at Baylor hosts apologetics-related presentations every Tuesday from Baylor professors followed by a Q&A with the speaker. We then usually grab a late-night snack at a dining hall and continue discussing apologetics and any questions members might have. We also have small groups that meet throughout the week and discuss apologetics books.

What were some of your favorite areas of involvement with your local RC chapter?

One of my favorite areas of involvement is leading Theology Throwdown, our women’s small group. So far, we’ve tackled issues such as whether science contradicts religion or whether religion promotes violence. I’ve loved hearing the insights and experiences of everyone in the group! Another area of involvement I enjoy is tabling on campus. While I’m ordinarily shy about striking up conversations with strangers, tabling has been a great way for me to conquer my fears and live out the Great Commission.

What does the Legatus Christi award mean to you?

The Legatus Christi award is such an encouragement to me, and I consider it a renewed call to action. May the Gospel continue to be spread on college campuses, and to God be the glory!

How do you envision taking the apologetics you have learned through Ratio Christi into your future endeavors?

Wherever I go, apologetics will help me to boldly address questions and objections to the faith. Whether I’m speaking with a coworker, classmate, or family member, the lessons and experiences I’ve had at Ratio Christi have prepared me to better speak the truth in love.

What are your short and long-term career/ministry/mission plans?

In the near future, I hope to finish my studies at Baylor and continue to law school. Long-term, I hope to use my legal training to promote access to the legal system and to safeguard religious liberty and free speech.

Would you consider coming back to work with your RC chapter, starting one at another school, or working with RC in any other capacity?

I would love to stay connected with Ratio Christi at Baylor and wherever else the opportunity presents itself.

What would you say to other students who might be considering getting involved in Ratio Christi, whether they be skeptics, seekers, or believers?

For skeptics and seekers, Ratio Christi is one of the best places to talk through your toughest questions. I’ve never known anyone at Ratio Christi to shy away from answering an objection to the faith. For believers, being involved in Ratio Christi is a great way to learn more about apologetics, fellowship with other believers on campus, and grow bolder about sharing the Gospel..

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