Dr. Holly Ordway holds a PhD 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. She is Professor of English and Director of the  M.A. in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, where she teaches Medieval Philosophy and Culture, Modern and Postmodern Culture, Apologetics Research and Writing, and Creative Writing and Apologetics.

Her memoir, Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius Press, 2014), has received praise from Robert Sloan (Houston Baptist University), Malcolm Guite (Cambridge University), Jennifer Fulwiler (author of Something Other Than God) and many others; she appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss the book.

Her academic work focuses on imaginative apologetics and on the writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

The women faculty of HBU Apologetics. L-R: Melissa Travis, Kristen Davis, Nancy Pearcey, Holly Ordway, Mary Jo Sharp

Along with her female colleagues at HBU, she was profiled in Christianity Today‘s cover article for April, 2015: “The Unexpected Defenders: Meet the Women Apologists.”

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