J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective and a Christian case maker at Stand to Reason. Jim was a conscientious and vocal atheist through his undergraduate and graduate work in Design and Architecture (CSULB and UCLA); he always considered himself to be an “evidentialist”. His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth is tied directly to evidence. But at the age of thirty-five, J. Warner took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
J. Warner served as a Youth Pastor for several years, then planted a church in 2006. Along the way, he created and built the PleaseConvinceMe.com website, blog and podcast as a place to post and talk about what he discovered related to the evidence supporting Christianity. This adventure in Christian case making has become the major thrust of Jim’s Christian service at Stand to Reason. Jim has appeared on television and radio, explaining the role that evidence plays in the Christian definition of “faith” and defending the historicity of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible and the truth of the Christian worldview. Jim also speaks at churches, retreats and camps as he seeks to help people become confident Christian case makers.
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. J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured repeatedly on NBC’s Dateline, and he’s been awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award. Relying on over two decades of investigative experience, J. Warner provides 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. Here is what others are saying about J. Warner Wallace:
“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.”
Sr. Assistant Chief of Police (Retired) LAPD; Founder of Pointman Leadership Institute (PLI).
“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.”
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 gives one of the most compelling cases for Christianity that I have ever heard. His work as a police detective has provided him with the proper tools to ‘check out’ the evidence and come to the logical conclusion. Skeptics and non-skeptics alike will tremendously benefit from his presentation. He has my highest recommendation.”
“The Church needs more Jim Wallaces. I have worked side-by-side with him in a variety of ministry contexts and have seen firsthand the impact of Jim’s work. His experience as a homicide detective gives him a tough-minded approach to the evidence for Christianity. His experience as a pastor provides a tender-hearted approach to people. With both, Jim is able to effectively train Christians to defend the Gospel with intelligence and graciousness.”
Apologist, Speaker and Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason
“Jim Wallace is one of the best communicators in the field of Christian apologetics today. He has a solid understanding of the critical issues, while having the rare gift of taking complex and difficult subjects and making them understandable and accessible. He is able to cut through the jargon and give real answers for real-world questions. I have no hesitation whatsoever in confidently recommending his ministry.”
Apologist, Podcaster, Writer and Host of Apologetics315.com
“Jim is a clear communicator and his Biblical knowledge was a blessing to our TV audience. He has a passion to reach many with God’s truth.”
Host of Top 3 on JCTV
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.