Ordway profile photo2Dr Holly Ordway is the director of Houston Baptist University’s MA in Apologetics program, which focuses on cultural apologetics.

She has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.

Dr. Ordway speaks and writes regularly on literature and the role of imagination in apologetics, with special attention to the work of CS Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

A revised and expanded version of her memoir, Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms, is forthcoming from Ignatius Press, 2014.

Dr. Ordway was received into the Catholic Church in Michaelmas 2012. She is pleased to be teaching alongside Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox colleagues in the ‘mere Christian’ environment of Houston Baptist University.

Her favorite authors are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and she considers a really good cup of coffee to be one of life’s great pleasures.

You can become a friend on Facebook, ‘like’ the Hieropraxis Facebook page,  and follow on Twitter: @HollyOrdway

Hieropraxis Writers

Garret Johnson teaches creative writing and composition at Houston Baptist University. He earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston and is currently putting the finishing touches on his first novel. He has also taught for the University of Houston and for Writers in the Schools (WITS), and has work forthcoming in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.

Aside from being a lifelong fan of both the creative and critical works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, he also reads widely in contemporary literature and has had a long and abiding interest in both theological and philosophical study, both of which often intersect with his literary studies and his own creative work.

You can follow him on Twitter @GarretDJohnson and find him on Facebook.


Kelly Belmonte is a program designer and facilitator of structured settings for the making of beauty, connection, and meaning. Wife, mother, blogger, published poet, and puttering gardener, Kelly has set down roots in her “discovered country” of New England after emigrating from upstate New York over half a lifetime ago.

Her own blog is All Nine. She writes: ‘The “nine” of All Nine is a reference to the nine sister muses of Greek mythology. These inspirational sisters represent multiple domains of creativity and intelligence, from epic poetry to science. For any vision to move from the inside of one person’s eyelids to the physical world where it can make a positive impact, I believe it takes a collaborative effort across multiple disciplines and an openness to many sources of inspiration. Hence, all nine.’

Let’s tweet: @kdbelmonte

Ken Mann is a graduate student in Biola’s Science and Religion program. A software engineer by way of vocation, a physicist by way of education, and a devout follower of Jesus Christ, in his words, by necessity, Ken sees the most powerful argument for Christianity as its relevance to every facet of human existence. Studying theology, apologetics, and philosophy of science is the latest expression of that belief in his life. After Biola, Ken hopes to encourage other believers with the powerful evidence for God’s providence and presence in creation.

Mario Alejandre lives in Salt Lake City, UT.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Utah in philosophy and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics at Biola University.  In the past, he has been involved in the National Student Dialogue, an event designed to promote civil and gracious dialogue between Evangelicals and Latter-Day Saints.  Currently, he leads a weekly class called Christianity Explored, a look at what it means to be a human in the midst of God’s story. He is also co-director of Athanatos Christian Ministries‘ Literary Apologetics Certificate Program.

You can follow him on Twitter at @u2gospel.



Gardella_webPatrick Gardella is the Chief Technology Officer for Asbury Theological Seminary, where he is also an Adjunct Instructor. Over the years, he has done many things from icebreaking in Antarctica to Law Enforcement in the Caribbean to being the Pastor of two small churches.

Aside from technology, Patrick holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Math from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.

His primary passion is the intersection of philosophy, theology, and the doctrine of sanctification.


Guest Contributors

Hieropraxis is also pleased to have writers who contribute posts as guest writers, some frequently and some occasionally, including Kevin Belmonte, J.W. Wartick, William O’Flaherty, and others.


All the Hieropraxis writers share a commitment to the orthodox Christian faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed and Apostles Creed. Apart from that, we come from a variety of Christian traditions, and we may nor may not agree on other points of doctrine (or on any other topics for that matter!). Each writer’s viewpoint is his or her own, and does not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of other writers, or of Hieropraxis as a whole.