Mark Mittelberg

Best-Selling Author & Apologist

Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, leading outreach strategist, and the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Evangelism, in partnership with Houston Baptist University.  Mark’s passion for equipping people to defend their faith is uniquely approachable, humorous, and always very practical.

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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. He also wrote The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (With Answers), which addresses the ten spiritual questions believers most want to avoid. Prior to that Mark collaborated with Lee Strobel to produce The Unexpected Adventure, a story-based book designed to encourage Christians to seize everyday opportunities to talk about Jesus.

Mark is also the primary author of the celebrated Becoming a Contagious Christian training course (with Lee Strobel and Bill Hybels). This course has been translated into more the twenty languages and used to help more than 1.5 million people around the world share Christ in natural ways.

Mark’s other books include Becoming a Contagious Church, which sets forth an innovative blueprint for church-based evangelism, and the classic bestseller, Becoming a Contagious Christian, which he co-authored with Bill Hybels. In addition, Mark was contributing editor for the reference Bible, The Journey: Revealing God and How You Fit into His Plan, a contributor to Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith, edited by Norman Geisler and Chad Meister, and God Is Great, God Is Good, edited by William Lane Craig and Chad Meister—winner of the 2010 Christianity Today award for best book on apologetics. More recently he contributed to Sean McDowell’s book, A New Kind of Apologist. 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.

"Mark is uniquely gifted for teaching others how to do evangelism.  His practical experience coupled with his grasp of the current cultural roadblocks to faith in Christ make him a powerful speaker and excellent teacher.  We were extremely pleased to have Mark as the main speaker out our Evangelism Conference this year.  Mark was fantastic!"

-Rev. John Emigh, Coordinator of the 2013 Clinic on Evangelism for the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC

"Our event with Mark was wonderful. We had over 400 people come out to hear Mark speak and he did a terrific job. So many people have expressed appreciation for his teaching and I believe God is really going to use that night to help people overcome their fear of sharing their faith. We'd definitely do it again."

- Outreach Pastor, Rolling Hills Covenant Church

This book is fantastic! I’m a Bible teacher, and even I fear being asked some of these questions. Yet Mark has provided solid answers to help us respond to the real questions people are asking.

- Sean McDowell, Author / Speaker / Professor

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