J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured on NBC’s Dateline, TruTV and Fox News. He appears on television occasionally as an investigative consultant (i.e. REELZChannel’s Behind the Screams), and has been featured as an expert in a number of documentaries such as Mining for God and Jesus Revealed. He also had a role in God’s Not Dead 2.

BFA in Design (CSULB), MA in Architecture (UCLA), MA in Theological Studies (GGBTS)

Part of a three-generation police family, with 25 years’ experience in law enforcement, including the Metro Team, Gang Detail, Crime Impact Team, SWAT, Intelligence Detail, and the Robbery-Homicide Unit. Founding member of the Cold-Case Homicide Unit

His cases have been featured on Dateline more than any other detective in the country. Successfully investigated and prosecuted every cold-case suspect, including one represented by Robert Shapiro (featured on Dateline)

Awarded “Honor Cadet” status twice in the explorer and police academy. Received the Cops-West award for cold-case investigation of the year, five departmental and two inter-departmental commendations for investigations, a congressional commendation, and the South Bay Police and Fire Medal of Valor Sustained Superiority Award


  • Cold-Case Christianity (2013)
  • God’s Crime Scene (2015)
  • Forensic Faith (2017)
  • And So the Next Generation Will Know (2019)


California State University at Long Beach
Bachelor’s Degree (Design)

University of California at Los Angeles
Master’s Degree (Architecture and Urban Planning)

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Master’s Degree (Theological Studies)

Law Enforcement Work Experience

Patrol Division
1988-1991: Served on all watches, evaluated in the top 5% of officers. Many significant arrests for a variety of assault cases; responding officer on the Deardorff Murder case

Metro Detail
1990 and 1991: Served two (6 month) tours investigating narcotics and hotel profile cases

Gang Detail
1991-1993: Served on a full-time gang investigation team, responsible for the investigation, filing and prosecution of gang related crimes including assaults and attempted murder cases

Crime Impact Team
1993-1996: Served on a career criminal surveillance team, investigating a number of high profile robbery cases, kidnapping and murder cases; wrote numerous search warrants

Robbery Homicide Team
1996-2006: Served as the case agent and lead investigator in many homicides and high profile robbery cases. Participated in hundreds of death investigations, wrote numerous search warrants, and participated in wire investigations, including:

Lead Cold Case Homicide Investigator
2007-2013: Serving as investigator and case agent on a number of Cold Case Homicide Investigations.