Department of Apologetics

School of Christian Thought


Department of Apologetics
School of Christian Thought
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road
Houston TX 77074-3298

(281) 649-3664

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Department of Apologetics Faculty:

Philip Tallon, PhD
Chair, Department of Apologetics; Assistant Professor of Theology
Virginia C. Armstrong, PhD
Blackstone Professor of Apologetics
Kristen Davis, MA
Assistant Professor of Apologetics
Evan Getz, PhD
Assistant Professor of Literature
Mark Mittelberg, MA
Executive Director of The Center for American Evangelism (CAE); Assistant Professor of Christian Thought
Holly Ordway, PhD
Professor of English; Director, Master of Arts in Apologetics; Professor of English
Nancy Pearcey, MA
Director of the Center for Christian Worldview; Scholar in Residence; Professor of Apologetics
Garry Poole,
Director of The Center for American Evangelism (CAE); Assistant Professor of Christian Thought
Mary Jo Sharp, MA
External Networking Apologist, Assistant Professor of Apologetics
Lee Strobel, MS
Professor of Christian Thought
Melissa Travis, MA
Assistant Professor of Apologetics
Michael Ward, PhD
Professor of Apologetics; Director, C.S. Lewis Centre, Oxford, England
The Department of Apologetics includes the Master of Arts in Apologetics, the Center for Christian Worldview, and the C.S. Lewis Centre, Oxford, England.

Why Study Apologetics?

Christian apologists give reasons for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) to help people come to faith in Christ. We challenge false ideas that form obstacles to belief in Christ and that give rise to disorder in human persons and in society. Within the church, we help Christians have a stronger faith and live out Christ’s call to love God with our heart, mind, soul, and strength.

What can I do with an Apologetics degree?

Students with academic apologetics training can go on to further graduate study; teach in a variety of disciplines; engage in ministry in local churches and in para-church ministry; create film, art, music, and literature from a Christian perspective; and develop new approaches to ministry within professional fields. Our partnership with Ratio Christi provides additional opportunities for employment or ministry work as an apologist on college campuses.

Why study at HBU?

  • Outstanding faculty – top scholars and public intellectuals.
  • Academic rigor – the academic foundation for further study at the Ph.D. level, as well as for further academic work in philosophy, theology, or the humanities.
  • Mentoring – one-on-one attention to help students succeed in their studies and their ministry work.
  • Emphasis on effective communication – helping students develop excellence in writing, speaking, and other modes of apologetics engagement.
  • Attention to spiritual growth – so that students will grow in faith, as well as in knowledge and skills.
  • Hands-on experience – apologetics conferences, faculty scholarship, cultural and arts programs, and online engagement will give students in the Apologetics program opportunities to gain practical experience.
  • A ‘mere Christian’ focus – the Apologetics program is designed to serve the whole body of Christ and welcomes Catholic and Orthodox as well as Protestant students.

Is there an Online Program?

Yes. In addition to our Houston-based residential program, the MA in Apologetics program is available online. There is no residency requirement and we welcome international students. Contact Dr. Holly Ordway for details.

Apologetics Faculty

At HBU, you will take small classes with top scholars and public intellectuals, who are also active in apologetics ministry, writing, speaking, and cutting-edge academic scholarship.