“Jim would be my first choice for inviting to a men’s retreat or an apologetics weekend. He’s a great speaker and brings a cold-case detective’s perspective to apologetics. He’s winsome and knows his stuff.” – Brian Auten, Apologist, Podcaster, Writer and Host of Apologetics315.com
I understand how difficult it is to find the right speaker for your event. As a detective, pastor and Christian apologist, it’s my job to communicate difficult concepts in a straightforward way and teach people how to apply the rules of evidence as they examine the claims of Christianity. I’ve spoken at large and small events all over the country.
I hope this page will help you get the information you need to make a wise choice for your event. I’m honored that you would consider me.
What You Can Expect
Here’s what you can expect from me:
1. Prompt, professional replies to your phone and email inquiries.
2. A personal phone call with me prior to your event, so we can talk at length about your needs and desired goals. I want to know how I can serve you and your audience.
3. An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels (if, of course, your event is open to the public and you want the visibility).
4. A customized resource page, provided to your attendees after the event. I will include links to FREE articles, Bible inserts, audio and video files related to the topic I covered at your event.
5. A quick follow-up communication after the event, to make sure I met your expectations (I also want to know how you think I can improve).
A Little Bit More About Me
I’ve been speaking publicly for over 15 years, from small seminars to keynote appearances at major national events. My investigative work as a detective has been highlighted on local and national television programs like Dateline, Fox News and Court TV.
I have an interest in the arts and attended California State University at Long Beach, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design. I then earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from UCLA. As a result, my presentations are designed to be powerfully visual in nature. I try to use my background as an artist to communicate difficult concepts in a captivating way.
I’ve been employed as a police officer and detective for the past 25 years. I’ve worked as a Patrol Officer, served on a street level narcotics unit and the SWAT Team, worked the Gang Detail and a career criminal surveillance team, and I eventually became a Robbery / Homicide Detective. I have been working Cold Case Homicides exclusively for many years. As a result, my presentations employ the techniques that I’ve learned as an investigator. I try to use my background as a detective to teach audiences about the nature and power of evidence.
I was an angry atheist until the age of thirty-five, but once I became a Christian, I quickly became interested in Christian theology. I entered seminary at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies. As a result, my presentations are rooted in the classic, orthodox truths of Scripture. I try to use my background as a pastor to encourage audiences about the reliability of the Bible and the evidence for God’s existence.
I’m also an author. I’ve contributed articles to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, and I’ve just completed my new book, Cold Case Christianity. I’ve been married to my wife, Susie, for twenty-four years; we have two boys and two girls. In our spare time we run, enjoy the beach and trails near our home in Southern California and take walks our trusty Corgi, Bailey.
My Most Requested Topics
I speak on a number of topics related to the evidence supporting the Bible’s reliability, the existence of God, and the orthodox claims of Christianity. My goal is to work with you to create an event that will encourage, train and prepare your attendees.
Download my Press Kit to get a complete list of all the talks I am prepared to give for your event. I am updating this list continually, but the talks generally fall into the following categories. Keep in mind that I’ve presented these topics in just about every format you can imagine, from short informal talks to multi-session keynote speeches:
Making a Case for the Existence of God
Talks and presentations that provide arguments and evidences that demonstrate the existence of God
Establishing a Reasonable Faith
Talks and presentations that articulate and encourage a reasonable and evidential faith
Responding to Atheist Objections
Talks and presentations designed to equip Christians to be able to respond to the common objections of skeptics
Investigating the Case for the Soul
Talks and presentations that provide arguments and evidences for the truth of “substance dualism” and the existence of the soul
Examining the Existence and Nature of Heaven
Talks and presentations related to the existence and nature of Heaven and the angelic host
Examining the Existence and Nature of Hell
Talks and presentations related to the existence and nature of Hell, Satan and demonic beings
Examining the Nature of Salvation
Talks and presentations related to God’s gift of Grace and the nature of Salvation
Examining the Christian Life
Talks and presentations related to the nature of the Christian Faith, Worldview and Life
Examining the Reliability of the Bible
Talks and presentations related to the nature and reliability of the Old and New Testament
Examining the Historicity of Jesus
Talks and presentations defending the historicity and existence of Jesus as a real figure in human history
Examining the Nature of Jesus
Talks and presentations articulating the Deity and nature of Jesus according to the Biblical record
Examining “Creedal” Christianity
Talks and presentations articulating the importance of Christian Orthodoxy and the need for creeds
Examining Christian Orthodoxy
Talks and presentations articulating orthodox Christian beliefs as described in the Bible
Examining Important “Hot Topic” Issues
Talks and presentations that examine some of the most controversial issues of our time
Talks and presentations that examine the history and truth claims of Mormonism
Let’s Book It
Thanks for considering me for your event. Please contact me to check my availability by submitting the form below. Someone from my team will get back to you right away.