Center for the Foundations of Ethics


David Baggett: David Baggett is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for the Foundations of Ethics at Houston Baptist University. Author or editor of about fifteen books, he’s a two-time winner of Christianity Today book awards. He’s currently under contract for his fourth and fifth books with Oxford University Press: a book on moral realism with Jerry Walls, and a collection on the moral argument with Yale’s John Hare.

Senior Research Fellows

Marybeth Baggett: Marybeth is Professor of English and Cultural Apologetics, and chairperson of the Apologetics Department, at Houston Baptist University. She is co-author of The Morals of the Story: Good News about a Good God, which won the Christianity Today’s 2019 Honorable Mention in the category of Apologetics/Evangelism. She is also the editor of Moral Apologetics Press’s forthcoming series on Popular Culture and Apologetics, and is currently working on a book on Kurt Vonnegut in an attempt to find common ground with a writer and thinker whose worldview is significantly different in key respects from her own.

Jan Shultis: Jan Shultis is a Naval Academy graduate, author of two books, and Associate Editor at who plans to pursue her DMin at Houston Baptist University. After 14 years in uniform serving around the U.S. and in Afghanistan, she founded a faith-based non-profit focused on veterans, law enforcement, first responders, and families that supports warriors in need throughout Texas, with a special focus on ministry in local courts and jails. Jan brings to the Moral Apologetics team additional professional experience in biotechnology, public relations, and ethics curriculum development. Jan shares that she is extremely excited to spearhead the Center’s innovative exploration of the organic connections between moral apologetics and moral injury, including but not limited to military veterans. She is local to Houston and looks forward to contributing to the Center’s robust on-campus presence at HBU.

Stephen Jordan: Stephen currently serves as a high school Bible teacher at Liberty Christian Academy, a Bible teacher and curriculum developer/editor at Liberty University Online Academy, and he oversees the curriculum development arm of Center for the Foundations of Ethics at Houston Baptist University. Prior to these positions, he served as a youth pastor in North Carolina for several years and taught courses at a local Seminary Extension for a year. He possesses four graduate degrees (MAR, MRE, MDiv, ThM) and a PhD in Theology and Apologetics. His doctoral dissertation was on the moral argument, where he argued for the existence of a personal God from morality. Stephen and his wife, along with their children, reside in Goode, Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, fitness, sports, and good coffee/tea.

Jonathan Pruitt: The Managing Editor of, Jonathan has been a vital part of the Moral Apologetics team since its inception. Currently, he serves as adjunct instructor of philosophy for Grand Canyon University and Liberty University. Prior to these positions, he was ordained as a minister and served as spiritual life director. He is the author or co-author of several articles on metaethics, theology, and history of philosophy.  With a Master’s in Global Apologetics and a graduate of Biola’s Master’s program in philosophy, he is currently in the throes of finishing his doctoral dissertation in which he extends a four-fold moral argument from mere theism to a distinctively Christian picture of God.  Jonathan, his wife Sara, and their two children presently live in Lynchburg, Virginia.

David Ochabski: David is wrapping up his doctoral work in theology and apologetics at Liberty University, and has strong interests in both social science and epistemology. He serves as a national training and area ministry director of Ratio Christi in the Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware areas. He is also managing editor of Eleutheria, the Rawlings School of Divinity journal at Liberty. He intends to write his dissertation on abduction and verification in the use of apologetic and theological methods.

Jerry Walls: Jerry is a seasoned philosopher and the author or editor of over a dozen books. He currently serves as Research Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Among his works are his ground-breaking trilogy on eschatology and his tetralogy on the moral argument, co-authored with David Baggett, the fourth volume of which is currently being written.

TJ Gentry: T. J. Gentry is the Executive Editor of, the Senior Minister at First Christian Church of West Frankfort, IL, and the Co-founder of Good Reasons Apologetics. T. J. has been in Christian ministry since 1984, having served as an itinerant evangelist, youth minister, church planter, pastoral counselor, and Army chaplain. He is the author of numerous books and peer-reviewed articles, including Pulpit Apologist: The Vital Link between Preaching and Apologetics (Wipf and Stock, 2020), You Shall Be My Witnesses: Reflections on Sharing the Gospel (Illative House, 2018), and two forthcoming works published by Moral Apologetics Press: Leaving Calvinism, Finding Grace, and A Moral Way: Aquinas and the Good God. T. J. is a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, holding board-certification as a Pastoral Counselor and a Chaplain. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University (BA in Political Science), Luther Rice College and Seminary (MA in Apologetics), Holy Apostles College and Seminary (MA in Philosophy), Liberty University (MAR in Church Ministries, MDiv in Chaplaincy, ThM in Theology), Carolina University (DMin in Pastoral Counseling, PhD in Leadership, PhD in Biblical Studies), and the United States Army Chaplain School (Basic and Advanced Courses). He is currently completing his PhD in Theology at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa (2021), his PhD in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University (2022), and his PhD in Philosophy of Religion at Southern Evangelical Seminary (2024). T. J. married Amy in 1995, and they are blessed with three daughters and two sons. T. J.’s writing and other projects may be viewed at

Board of Directors
Paul Copan
C. Stephen Evans
Lisa Fields
Matthew Flannagan
John Hare
Elton Higgs
David Horner
Mark Linville
Nancy Pearcey
Scott Smith
Tom Thomas
Jerry Walls

Board of Advisors
William Lane Craig
Gary Habermas
J.P. Moreland
Thomas V. Morris