J Warner Wallace
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, popular national speaker, and author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and ALIVE. His professional investigative work has been featured repeatedly on Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; he’s been awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award, and the 2015 California Peace Officers Association COPSWEST Award for Cold-Case Investigation of the Year. J. Warner also continues to appear as an expert in a number of crime-based television series and is featured in God’s Not Dead 2. He’s part of a three-generation law enforcement family and has a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jim wasn’t raised as a Christian. In fact, he was a conscientious and vocal atheist until he was 35 years old and always considered himself to be an “evidentialist.” His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth was tied directly to evidence. But J. Warner eventually took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian worldview and determined that Christianity was true. J. Warner eventually served as a youth pastor for several years and planted a church in 2006. Along the way, he created and built the ColdCaseChristianity.com website as a place to talk about the evidence he discovered supporting Christianity.
Jim speaks at churches, retreats, and camps as he seeks to help people become “Christian Case Makers.” J. Warner’s work is focused on the historicity and deity of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible, the evidence for the existence of God, and the truth of the Christian worldview.
J. Warner’s first book, Cold-Case Christianity, provides readers with ten principles of cold-case investigations and utilizes these principles to examine the reliability of the gospel eyewitness accounts. Jim’s second book, God’s Crime Scene, examines eight pieces of evidence in the universe and makes the case for God’s existence. Relying on over two decades of investigative experience, J. Warner’s books provide his readers with the tools they will need to investigate the claims of Christianity and make a convincing case for the truth of the Christian worldview.
Jim is married to Susie (the love of his life since 1979) and has four children. He lives in Southern California, where he enjoys running on the beach and the trails and walking his trusty Corgi, Bailey.
For a sample of his speaking style, watch this video:
I know my local friends think I’m crazy to travel 2+ hours…when we have a “perfectly good” convention right here within 30 minutes of my house. I usually go to both, but if I had to pick one, I would—no contest—pick the Midwest Homeschool Convention [there are three other regional conventions to choose from] in Cincinnati every time, simply because of the phenomenal line-up of incredible apologetics teaching offered every year with their Teen Track.
This year, J. Warner Wallace—the staunch-atheist-turned-Christian cold case homicide detective who wrote Cold Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and just released Cold Case Christianity for Kids—is one of the teen track speakers. Do I want my kids to have the experience of hearing a defense of the faith from someone who came to his belief because he decided to test the claims of Christianity the same way cold case detectives test criminal evidence? You couldn’t pay me to miss it! And when you add in the world-renowned abortion apologist Scott Klusendorf and Dr. Jay Wile’s fantastic science-focused teaching—I’d go so far as to suggest that your kids are being deprived of an incredible learning opportunity from outstanding apologists if you don’t go!