Lee Strobel

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Lee Strobel
Strobel in 2007
Strobel in 2007
Born (1952-01-25) January 25, 1952 (age 71)
Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationLegal editor, writer, journalist, clergy
Alma materUniversity of Missouri (BA)
Yale University (MSL)
Historicity of the Gospels
SubjectChristian apologetics
SpouseLeslie Strobel

Lee Patrick Strobel (born January 25, 1952) is an American Christian author and a former investigative journalist.[1] He has written several books, including four which received ECPA Christian Book Awards (1994, 1999, 2001, 2005)[2] and a series which addresses challenges to the veracity of Christianity.[3] He also hosted a television program called Faith Under Fire on PAX TV[4] and runs a video apologetics web site.

Early life and education[edit]

Strobel was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He received a journalism degree from University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School.[5]


Lee was a journalist for the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers for 14 years. In 1980, the UPI Illinois Editors Association newspaper award program gave him a first place for public service (the Len H. Small Memorial award) for his coverage of the Pinto crash trial involving a class-action lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company in Winamac, Indiana.[6][7] Strobel later became assistant managing editor of the Daily Herald, before leaving journalism in 1987.[8][9]

Strobel states he was an atheist when he began investigating the biblical claims about Christ after his wife's conversion. Prompted by the results of his investigation, he became a Christian at the age of 29.[10][11]


Strobel became teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, from 1987 to 2000.[12] In 2000, he became pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.[13] In 2004, he left his post as pastor to host the Christian apologetics show Faith Under Fire.[14] In 2014, he became a teaching pastor at Woodlands Church in The Woodlands and a professor of Christian thought at Houston Baptist University.[15]


In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Southern Evangelical Seminary in recognition of his contributions to Christian apologetics.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Strobel and his wife Leslie have two children and several grandchildren. His daughter Alison is a novelist,[17] and his son Kyle is an Assistant Professor of Spiritual Theology and Formation at the Talbot School of Theology.


  • Reckless Homicide? Ford's Pinto Trial (1980) ISBN 0-89708-022-X
  • Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary (1993) ISBN 0-310-37561-4
  • What Jesus Would Say (1994) ISBN 0-310-48511-8
  • God's Outrageous Claims (1998) ISBN 0-310-26612-2
  • Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage (2002) ISBN 0-310-22014-9
  • Experiencing the Passion of Jesus (2004), with Garry Poole, Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-26375-1
  • Discussing the Da Vinci Code: Exploring the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie (2006) ISBN 0-310-27263-7
  • The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus (May 29, 2009), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-28392-2
  • The Ambition: A Novel (Fiction Work) (May 14, 2011), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-29267-0
  • Today's Moment of Truth: Devotions to Deepen Your Faith in Christ (July 12, 2016), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-35940-6

"The Case for..." series[edit]

  • The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (September 1, 1998), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-22605-8
  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity (October 1, 2000), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-22015-7
  • The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God (2004), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-26386-7
  • The Case for Easter: Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection (2004), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-25475-2
  • The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger (2005), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-25476-0
  • The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ (September 10, 2007), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-24210-X
  • The Case for Christianity Answer Book (July 1, 2014), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-33955-3
  • The Case for Hope: Looking Ahead with Confidence and Courage (2015), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-33957-X
  • The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives (2015), Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-25923-1
  • In Defense of Jesus: Investigating Attacks on the Identity of Christ (2016)
  • The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural (2018)
  • The Case for Heaven: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for Life After Death (2021)

Children's apologetics series[edit]



Strobel appeared in the 2016 film God's Not Dead 2.[18]

A film titled The Case for Christ, based on Strobel's book, had its theatrical release in April 2017.[19] The film was directed by Jonathan M. Gunn and is about an atheist reporter who tries to prove Christianity to be a cult.[20] The film was produced by Triple Horse Studios and distributed by Pure Flix Entertainment.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Marieann Klett, Leah (December 2016). "Former Atheist Lee Strobel on 'The Case for Christ' Film and Why He's Encouraged Amid Post-Modern Society (Interview)". The Gospel Herald. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "1994 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners – Missions/Evangelism". Archived from the original on November 2, 2007. Retrieved October 28, 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). ecpa.org
  3. ^ Smith, Lisa (September 12, 2007). "Author digs deeper to defend Christianity". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on September 22, 2007. Retrieved November 5, 2007.
  4. ^ Falsani, Cathleen (October 1, 2004). "Ex-reporter still asking tough questions on 'Faith Under Fire'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 15, 2007.[dead link]
  5. ^ Nancy De Gennaro, Bestselling ‘Case for Christ’ author to speak at local church, dnj.com, USA, October 23, 2014
  6. ^ "Tribune wins 21 awards in UPI contest". Chicago Tribune. May 16, 1980. p. 5. ProQuest 170148234.
  7. ^ "Tribune Reporter Honored". Chicago Tribune. June 8, 1980. p. b12. ProQuest 170211586.
  8. ^ Daley, Steve. "Paper Didn't Trample Privacy With Scoop", Chicago Tribune. May 25, 1986. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Swartz, Tracy. "Former Tribune journalist to premiere his new Christian film in Chicago", Chicago Tribune. March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "Lee Strobel Answers Your Questions, Part 1". Friendly Atheist.
  11. ^ "A Case for Grace: Lee Strobel's Story". LifeWay.
  12. ^ Mary Alice Benoit, WILLOW CREEK PASTOR FOLLOWING HIS CALLING TO CALIFORNIA CONGREGATION, chicagotribune.com, USA, October 15, 1999
  13. ^ Elaine Gale, New Face of Faith, latimes.com, USA, March 12, 2000
  14. ^ Hartford Courant, New show 'Faith Under Fire' debates spirituality, tdn.com, USA, October 2, 2004
  15. ^ Allan Turner, An atheist finds God: Lee Strobel joins Houston church, university, houstonchronicle.com, USA, February 9, 2015
  16. ^ Tammy Ayer, Lee Strobel brings stories of grace to Fort Myers, news-press.com, USA, March 23, 2015
  17. ^ About Lee Strobel Archived October 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Leestrobel.com. Retrieved on November 14, 2011.
  18. ^ "'God's Not Dead 2' Offers Compelling Arguments for Jesus (Review)". The Christian Post. Retrieved November 2016
  19. ^ "Ex-Atheist Lee Strobel's Journey From Atheism to Christ Hits Theaters in Spring 2017 (Trailer)". The Christian Post. Retrieved November 2016
  20. ^ Jeremy Kay (November 3, 2016). "AFM: Pure Flix launches talks on 'The Case For Christ'". screendaily.com. Screen International. Retrieved November 2016

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