Laurie Stewart, President
Laurie Stewart is an attorney, mediator, Christian apologist, and event speaker. She earned her J.D. from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, CA, and her B.A. from CSUF in Fullerton, CA. Currently she is pursuing an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.
Laurie and her husband, John, founded Intelligent Faith an international organization committed to defending the Christian faith. She is a frequent speaker at universities, churches, seminars, conferences and women’s groups, in the U.S, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Laurie is a former self-proclaimed liberal feminist. Through Apologetics, Laurie encourages women to love God with their mind and pursue truth. Laurie and John currently reside in Iowa with their German Shepherd. Their three grown daughters live on the west coast.
Rachel Shockey, Chairperson
Rachel Shockey is a fine-art artist, illustrator, and graphic designer at Rachel Shockey Studio. She is the Director of Development for WIA and a Christian apologist. She earned her B.A. in Contemporary Literary Studies and Communication from Warner University in Lake Wales, FL. Currently she is pursuing an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.
Rachel became interested in apologetics after a term spent abroad at Oxford University (UK) where she felt unprepared to answer skeptics and the doubts of struggling Christians. It is now her passion to equip women and Christian artists to understand their faith and learn how to convey it with grace and effectiveness.
Rachel and her husband, Benjamin, currently reside in Florida with their two Havachon dogs and have been married for nine years. They have thirteen nieces and nephews who fill their days with joy, with two more on the way!
Hillary Morgan Ferrer, Vice President
Hillary Morgan Ferrer is a Christian apologist, event speaker, blogger, and founder of Mama Bear Apologetics. She earned her M.A. in Biology from Clemson University and her B.S. from Texas Christian University. Currently she is pursuing an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.
Hillary founded Mama Bear Apologetics, a ministry providing accessible apologetics resources for busy moms on-the-go. Her specialties are in critiquing the Darwinian mechanism, understanding doubt, and the causes and solutions for the youth exodus. Hillary feels that women don’t just need apologetics but rather, apologetics needs women!
Hillary and her husband, John, currently live in Iowa and have been married for ten years. They minister together as a team. She cannot sneak up on anyone because of her chronic hiccups, which you can hear occasionally on the Mama Bear podcast.
Cynthia Velasco Hampton, Treasurer
Cynthia is a Senior Systems Specialist at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and has been her church treasurer for ten years. She also facilitates a support group for Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses in California to help them heal from the effects of cult mind control and to refute the Watchtower doctrines.
Cynthia Hampton is a former Jehovah’s Witness who left the cult when she was twenty-four. Two years later, she became a Christian when she realized the Watchtower was a false teacher and a false prophet. Her moment of revelation came when the Watchtower stated that Jesus Christ was only mediator for 144,000 “anointed” Jehovah’s Witnesses, as the Watchtower teaches that only 144,000 will go to heaven.
Cynthia and her husband, David, currently live in California. They have three grown, married children and three grandchildren.
Jade Turner, Secretary
Jade is a Christian apologist and is Director of Resources for WIA. She earned her B.A. in History from Southeastern Louisiana University and her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jade became interested in apologetics at a young age when her family began engaging in street evangelism. She learned that there are compelling and rational answers to questions that people ask within witnessing conversations. Studying apologetics has made her confident in her faith and she desires to teach believers how to defend their faith effectively in their context.
Jade and her husband, Jonathan, currently live in Louisiana. Jonathan also has an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and the two of them graduated together in 2017 from NOBTS. Jade and Jonathan are also engaged in year-round music ministry.