A ONE-DAY APOLOGETICS CONFERENCE
SATURDAY | OCTOBER 27 | 9AM – 3PM
PLEASANT VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and best-selling author of more than twenty books. His classic, The Case for Christ, is a perennial favorite which details his conversion to Christianity. His recent release, The Case for Grace, just won the 2016 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the EPCA. For the last twenty-five years, his life’s work has been to share the evidence that supports the truth and claims of Christianity and to equip believers to share their faith with the people they know and love.
Lee has been a featured guest on national networks including ABC, Fox, Discovery, PBS, and CNN. He was the host of Faith Under Fire, a provocative program that brought together some of the brightest Christians and skeptics to debate issues central to the Christian faith.
As part of his speaking ministry, Lee travels across the country (and sometimes the world) sharing his testimony, encouraging believers, and challenging skeptics. He regularly speaks at conferences, commencements, fundraisers, and other major events. Lee and his wife, Leslie, have been married for over 40 years and live in Texas.
Lee is currently a teaching pastor at Woodlands Church in Texas where he speaks multiple times each year. He recently joined the faculty at Houston Baptist University as a Professor of Christian Thought.
Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, leading outreach strategist, and he is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Evangelism, in partnership with Houston Baptist University.
His newest book is the apologetics-oriented devotional, Today’s Moment of Truth (with Lee Strobel). He also wrote Confident Faith—winner of Outreach Magazine’s 2014 apologetics book of the year. His previous book, The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense, is an update of a classic that has touched millions of lives—recreated by Mark to help a new generation understand Jesus’ death on the cross. Mark’s published pieces have sold a combined total of about three million copies.
Mark was the original evangelism director at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. He led in that role for seven years, and then served as Executive Vice President of the Willow Creek Association for a decade. He was also an editorial consultant and periodic guest for Lee Strobel’s Faith Under Fire television show. He and Strobel have been ministry partners for more than twenty-five years.
After receiving an undergraduate degree in business management, Mark earned a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Religion, graduating magna cum laude from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He also received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mark and his wife Heidi have two grown children and live near Denver, Colorado.