Growing Closer to God through Apologetics

by Mark McGee

The Ratio Christi chapter at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington (UNCW) is one of our oldest chapters. It continues to produce students who have truly become ambassadors for Christ. Emma Gayle Hilton has proven herself to be such a student. Chapter Director Aaron Marshall explains why he presented her with the Legatus Christi Certificate – RC’s Ambassador Award (see photo of presentation at end of article).

“I wanted to give the Legatus Christi to Emma based on her strengths in giving great arguments for God’s existence and her ability to defend the Christian faith,” Marshall says. “Emma shares the Gospel of Christ with great clarity. She engages non-Christians with love, gentleness, and respect, and excels in demonstrating servant leadership. Emma is academically strong and demonstrates Christ-like character in her daily life.” 

(Here are the full guidelines of what is expected for a student to earn Legatus Christi).

Hilton was vice president of the RC chapter at UNCW in 2014-2015 and served as its president in 2015-2016. She graduated from UNCW in May with a degree in history. Here’s more insight she shared with us during a recent Q&A interview:

Q: When did you find Christ as your Savior?

A: I grew up in church and was saved at age six. I had a second awakening experience, I guess you could call it, in high school.

Q: How did you get interested in apologetics, and how did you get involved with RC?

A: My dad has always been interested in apologetics, which got me interested. I started reading information from Ravi Zacharias and Lee Strobel and asking more questions. I found out about RC at UNCW’s involvement carnival during freshman orientation. I visited several campus ministries, but RC was my favorite, so I kept going to meetings and eventually got involved in leadership.

Q: What is the RC chapter like at UNCW?

\A: The RC chapter at UNCW is the best! Aaron Marshall is a wonderful man and has been such a witness and a support to me. We are a very active chapter, meeting once a week and hosting at least one big event per semester, to which we invite the whole campus…


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