J. Warner Wallace

Los Angeles County homicide detective and author of Cold-Case Christianity

"I'm not a Christian because it ‘works’ for me. I’m a Christian because it’s true." A retired cold case homicide detective, J. Warner Wallace was a vocal atheist for many years - until he applied his investigative training to the Gospels and determined that Christianity is demonstrably true. You may recognize him from NBC's Dateline, where he’s appeared more than any other detective in the country. 

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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 post and talk about what he discovered related to the evidence 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 as it 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.
 
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Preview talks by J. Warner Wallace:

Are the gospels accurate?

Why the Appearance of Design in Biology is Best Explained by the Existence of God

Why We Need to Stop Teaching and Start Training Young Christians

 

“My friend J. Warner Wallace is one of the most thoughtful and winsome apologists for the Gospel I know. Cold-Case Christianity is literally packed with insights to share with the skeptics in your life and this book will give you the confidence to share it!” - Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, author of The Purpose Driven Life

‘Cold-Case Christianity’ reads like the fast-paced detective drama it actually is. The book is chocked full of interesting evidence and arguments, and it is unique among the literature in exhibiting a legal-reasoning approach to the evidence for and against historic Christianity. I enthusiastically endorse this great book and thank J. Warner Wallace for his excellent work.” - J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University and author of The God Question

Pastor of Saddleback Church, author of the Purpose Driven Life “Jim spoke to my students recently and did a phenomenal job. He’s passionate, informed, and articulate. He has my highest recommendation as a speaker and as a person. You won’t be disappointed.” -Sean McDowell Author, Apologist, Speaker, and Editor of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students

“Jim is one of the pre-eminent voices in contemporary apologetic Christianity. He combines Biblical accuracy with career law-enforcement experience, providing a practical worldview that cannot fail to educate and inspire. Unique, purposeful, and motivating.” -John Hall and Kathy Emmons Hosts of the John and Kathy Radio Show, WORDFM 101.5 (Pittsburgh)

“Jim Wallace has a unique way of helping people think logically about God and spiritual things. He thinks like a cop. Being a cold case homicide detective, he puts together the evidence for God in a way everyone can follow. I know Jim, have worked with him as a conference speaker and listen to him on the radio. Jim has a powerful and unique ministry for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” - Bob Vernon Sr. Assistant Chief of Police (Retired) LAPD; Founder of Pointman Leadership Institute(PLI).

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 post and talk about what he discovered related to the evidence supporting Christianity.

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