Women Apologists: Blazing Trails and Building Bridges

Only a decade or so ago, women apologists were an extreme rarity.  If you encountered someone who even knew what the word “apologetics” meant, they would very likely only be able to name a few of the more popular male apologists such as Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell. Even ministry leaders trained in the discipline probably wouldn’t have been able to readily name a woman in the field. This state of affairs is changing rapidly and dramatically, as God is raising up competent women in the field just in time for what Strobel calls “the cusp of a Golden Era in Christian apologetics.” Women apologists may still be odd ducks, but we aren’t quite as odd as we used to be.

Female_Speaker_in_SilhouetteThis is a tremendously important development. First and foremost, women apologists are in a unique position to encourage other women to embrace a more intellectual faith, to love God with their minds. Many women would be too intimidated by, or perhaps simply disinterested in apologetics, seeing it as an area reserved “for the boys,” much as the field of theology was viewed up until recent years. But seeing a sister in Christ directly engaged in apologetics education and ministry opens the minds of such women to the possibilities and value. Second, in addition to deepening their faith and adding a wonderful new dimension to their worship, the study of apologetics equips mothers to raise children with confident faith and the ability to give reasons for the hope that they have (I Peter 3:15). This should be high on the priority list for every Christian working to train up their sons and daughters in this increasingly pluralistic, relativistic society.

I am honored to serve on the faculty at Houston Baptist University, home to some of today’s leading apologists, including several who are women. Mary Jo Sharp, Nancy Pearcey, and Dr. Holly Ordway continue to blaze trails in their areas of specialty. It is wonderful to see the fruits of their scholarship and ministries, how they have sparked new fires in the hearts of believers, including women who otherwise may have never gained an interest in apologetics.

I’d like to introduce you to several more women apologists working diligently and effectively in their respective areas of expertise. I am blessed to be personally acquainted with these gifted apologists! This list is by no means exhaustive, it is simply a sampling of our growing demographic.

Julie Miller, M.A. 

JulieJulie serves as chapter director and chaplain of Ratio Christi at Rutgers University, an on-campus apologetics education and outreach ministry.  She earned a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, graduating with highest honors, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University, graduating Cum Laude.  She worked as a CPA for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree, and has spent twenty-six years studying, serving in Bible Study Fellowship, and raising a family. Apologetics became a necessity in her life while ministering to internationals in Houston, Texas through Friends International and while parenting two teenagers in a post-Christian culture. Julie is interested in equipping Christians and engaging skeptics with the best answers to the objections raised against Christianity.  She is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the International Society for Women in Apologetics. She currently  lives in New Jersey with Buzz, her husband of 28 years.  They have two sons; Cameron is 25 and works in Houston, and Noah is 22 and attends Wheaton College in Illinois.

Kristen Davis, M.A. 

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Kristen Davis is the founder and president of DoubtLess Faith Ministries, a ministry devoted to equipping lay people with the tools needed to defend the accuracy of Scripture as well as the validity of the Christian worldview. Kristen has a Bachelors in Religion with a focus on Biblical Studies from Liberty University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, where she graduated with Highest Honors. She did her Master’s thesis on the religious artifacts at Tel Dan analyzing their impact on the historical reliability of the Conquest narrative. Her passion is archaeology and how it aids in the defense of scripture as well as how it sheds light on the roots of modern non-Christian worldviews. In 2010 she was a part of the Western Wall Plaza salvage excavation in Jerusalem, Israel and is co-leading an Israel tour in spring 2015. She is an Associate of Associates for Biblical Research and has been published in Bible and Spade Magazine. Kristen teaches Ethics for Southeastern University’s Jacksonville campus and hopes to one day speak and teach full-time. She resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Megan Almon, M.A.

MeganMegan is in ministry with Life Training Institute, an organization that “trains Christians and pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views in the marketplace of ideas by clearly presenting the pro-life position in live events and through the full use of modern media.” She regularly speaks to assemblies of high school students on the case for life, and she writes for the LTI website. After graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Megan spent three years as a reporter for the local daily newspaper in Newnan, Ga. She won awards for feature and news writing, and lifestyle and education coverage. In 2008 she left her career in journalism and put her communication skills to use for the Kingdom. In 2011 Megan was awarded the Master of Arts degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. In addition to working with LTI, Megan also oversees “Answers,” a monthly public forum and presentation held by Four Corners Church of Newnan that addresses topics of an apologetic nature. She also has experience working with youth organizations, campus outreach, and women’s groups. Megan was part of the 2002 SEC Championship team for University of Georgia gymnastics, and is still known to practice handstands in her living room. She resides in Newnan, Georgia with her husband, daughter, and son.

 Sarah Ankenman, M.A. 

SaraSarah is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty Baptist Seminary and recently graduated with her Masters in Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She received her Bachelors in Biblical Studies at Calvary Chapel Bible College and has a second in Christian Studies from Grand Canyon University. She has taught Women in Faith, Drama and Film, and Apologetics to Islam at Calvary Chapel Bible College and currently teaches Apologetics and Worldviews, Church History, and Comparative Religions at Maranatha High School in Rancho Bernardo, CA. Her research interests include the argument from desire, the age of Emperor Constantine and the Council of Nicaea, and the Ancient Near East. She is the President of the International Society for Women in Apologetics and has written a curriculum to equip the average, busy Christian woman. She blogs as The Valley Girl Apologist and is currently working on a book on the argument from desire entitled, Seeking Something More. Sarah resides with her son in Temecula, California.

 

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