Then and Now

Women in Apologetics began in March 2009 as the International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA), founded by Sarah Renee. Sarah, with the help of other volunteers, started as a content sharing site with the hope that it would encourage and equip other women to defend their Christian faith.



On May 1, 2017, Jade Turner and Rachel Shockey took the reigns and renamed the organization Women in Apologetics (WIA). The vision God has given us at WIA is to further engage, inspire, and equip Christian females to develop an evidential faith. Thus, our three main goals are 1) to have an annual WIA conference, 2) to provide academic apologetics support to females of all ages, and 3) to provide apologetics training for women.


Jade Turner (left) and Rachel Shockey (right) met in-person for the first time on April 20, 2017 in St. Petersburg, FL. After getting to know each other better and sharing what led them to apologetics, they discussed WIA’s mission and vision. They prayed for God’s leading and His blessing and continue to pray over the developments of WIA.