Mark Mittelberg - All Cities
Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, leading outreach strategist, and he is the Executive Director of The Center for American Evangelism, in partnership with Houston Baptist University (www.hbu.edu/cae).
Mark is the primary author of the celebrated Becoming a Contagious Christian training course (co-authored 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.
He wrote Confident Faith—winner of Outreach magazine's 2014 apologetics book of the year—to encourage both believers and seekers to explore what they believe and why. His previous book, The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense, is an update of a classic that has touched millions of lives over the past century—recreated by Mark to help a new generation understand the meaning and importance of 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 devotional designed to encourage Christians to seize everyday opportunities to talk about Jesus.
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 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—the winner of the 2010 Christianity Today award for best book on apologetics. Mark’s published pieces have sold a combined total of nearly 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.