Northwest Welcomes Mark Mittelberg

By Bill MacLeod, Director, MissionConnexion 

MissionConnexion Northwest 2024 will welcome Mark Mittelberg as one of our Keynote speakers this January! Mark and his wife Heidi live near Denver, Colorado, and are the parents of Emma Jean and Matthew, both of whom serve in ministry roles.

Mark will also be opening our Leadership Connexion event, accompanied by his apologist son Matthew Mittelberg, and Sean McDowell!

Mark’s connections to the Pacific Northwest include the fact that his father was a friend and fellow student with missionary Jim Elliot at Wheaton College, and for the past 25 years, Mark has served as the primary evangelism trainer for the Luis Palau Association, equipping thousands of believers in regional training gatherings prior to their CityFest events around the country.

Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, international speaker, and the Executive Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University (www.StrobelCenter.com), which offers accredited BA and MA degrees, as well as certificate courses — all online.

Mark recently completed the all-new book and training course, Contagious Faith: Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others. Prior to that he was the primary author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian training course (with Lee Strobel). This course was translated into more than twenty languages and helped some two million people around the world share Christ in natural ways. He then wrote the leadership-oriented book, Becoming a Contagious Church, which presents an innovative blueprint for church-based evangelism.

Mark’s published materials also include the Making Your Case for Christ training course, and The Case for Christ Daily Moment of Truth devotional (both with Lee Strobel). His book Confident Faith was the winner of Outreach Magazine’s apologetics book of the year. His smaller evangelistic book, The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense, is an update of a classic that touched millions of lives — recreated by Mark for a new generation. 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 Strobel to produce The Unexpected Adventure, a story-based book designed to encourage Christians to seize everyday opportunities to talk about Jesus. Mark’s published pieces have sold a total of some three million copies.

Mark was the original evangelism director at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, and then served as Executive Vice President of the Willow Creek Association, which included more than 10,000 churches from over 100 denominations, from all around the world. He has been a speaker for Summit Ministries for the last 12 years, teaching thousands of students at their worldview camps. Mark was also an editorial consultant and periodic guest for Lee Strobel’s television show, Faith Under Fire. He and Strobel have been ministry partners for more than thirty years.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in business, Mark earned an MA in Philosophy of Religion, graduating magna cum laude from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. In addition, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mark and Heidi live near Denver, Colorado, and are the parents of Emma Jean and Matthew, both of whom serve in ministry roles.

“Mark Mittelberg is among the most astute, passionate and effective apologists in the world. He is relentlessly biblical, unfailingly sensitive and always relevant. He has had a huge influence on my life — and I know he will have a huge influence on yours as well.”

– LEE STROBEL, bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Heaven