By Sheryl Young
“I attended a high school youth group. During this time of my life, however, I was ignoring my faith and drifting away from God. As a result, I was not engaged or eager to learn about the Christian faith.”
So says Jordan Andershock, but God had a plan for him. Jordan went on to become interested in apologetics. He later joined Ratio Christi at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK ), became student president of that chapter, and has now been cited as one of RC’s outstanding students for 2017!
Jordan recently received our Legatus Christi certificate, a recognition of our students who prove themselves to be exceptional in their application of Christian apologetics as well as how to approach people and apply it to their own lives.
Anna Kitko, the chapter director, explains why Jordan received this certificate:
“Jordan was chosen as our Legatus Christi recipient due to his outstanding perseverance in the study of Christian apologetics. Not only does Jordan regularly employ apologetics outside of club meetings, but he is also considering formally pursuing the study. Jordan possesses a heart for God and a mind for truth and we are so very pleased to commend him for this designation.”
Rather than labeling the LC certificate as an “award,” we consider it a challenge to go forth as an ambassador for Christ. We spoke with Jordan about his background and experience with learning apologetics.
Q: When did you find Christ as your Savior and how did that come about?
A: I became a Christian when I was eleven years old. From what I recall, I just felt convicted about what I was hearing at church on Sundays. I talked with my parents about it and we did some additional studying. I eventually just decided that there was no point in waiting anymore and got baptized. I don't remember the specifics that led to my decision, but I do remember after being baptized feeling the Spirit moving in me. I don't really know how to describe it other than I was the same person, but somehow different.
Q: How did you first get interested in apologetics?
A: During my first two years at college, I really struggled with my identity. I had learned things during my early Christian walk but was being challenged with many new worldviews. It was in this period where I began to search for meaning in life. I simply wanted to know if anything I did mattered. I tried to find purpose in many places such as my friends, different collegiate clubs, and success in academics. Everywhere I looked, however, failed to give me any meaning.
I vividly remember the moment when I realized that I didn't have to look for purpose. I had it all along…
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