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Lee Strobel
Strobel in 2007
Strobel in 2007
Born January 25, 1952 (1952-01-25) (age 69)
Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Legal editor, writer, journalist, clergy
Alma mater University of Missouri (BA)
Yale University (MSL)
Period Current
Genre Christology
Historicity of the Gospels
Subject Christian apologetics
Spouse Leslie Strobel
Children 2

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

Early life and education

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.


He became 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 of Ford Motor in Winamac, Indiana. Strobel later became assistant managing editor of the Daily Herald, before leaving journalism in 1987.

Strobel 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.


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


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

Personal life

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


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

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

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