The Brook Hill School recently announced Christian author Lee Strobel as the keynote speaker for the school’s ninth annual Founder’s Day Celebration event, to be held Monday, Oct. 9.
“We’re excited to have Lee Strobel as our keynote speaker for Founder’s Day this year,” said Sara Scarborough, Brook Hill Associate Director of Special Events. “It’s a really great event because it’s hosted here on our campus and brings our brook Hill and East Texas communities together in a celebration of what Brook Hill is and has been throughout its history.”
According to Scarborough, the focus on this year’s Founder’s Day event will be on the future, as the school celebrated its previous two-decade heritage and mark on Christian education in Bullard and East Texas last year.
“We’re really focusing on the future now because we used last year’s event to look at our 20 years of history and what God has done through The Brook Hill School,” said Scarborough. “Now, we’re really looking ahead to what will God will do in our future, which I believe is very bright. We’re all excited to see what God has in store for all of us.”
Scarborough said Strobel was selected as the keynote speaker for the event that represents the school strong Christian values, morals, and foundation.
“When we select our speakers for Founder’s Day, we usually choose someone who is a Christian and in keeping with our beliefs as a school,” said Scarborough. “We also want someone who can speak truth into our guests attending the event. After hearing about Strobel and several people reading his recent book that was turned into a movie, it was suggested to us that we approach him about speaking. He comes with a large background at speaking at various Christian events and has a great way of sharing his story with others.
Strobel earned his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri and his Master of Studies in Law at Yale Law School. He was a journalist for 14 years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois' highest honor for public service journalism from United Press International. He also led a team that won UPI's top award for investigative reporting in Illinois.
He has been a featured guest on national networks including ABC, Fox, Discovery, PBS, and CNN. Strobel was the host of Faith Under Fire, a provocative program that brought together some of the brightest Christians and skeptics to debate issues central to the Christian faith. He also appeared in the feature film, God's Not Dead 2, as an expert witness for the defense.
Strobel’s recent release, The Case for Grace, recetly won the 2016 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the EPCA.
He is currently a teaching pastor at Woodlands Church in Texas where he speaks multiple times each year. He recently joined the faculty at Houston Baptist University as a Professor of Christian Thought.
As part of his speaking ministry, Strobel travels across the country (and sometimes the world) sharing his testimony, encouraging believers, and challenging skeptics. He regularly speaks at conferences, commencements, fundraisers, and other major events.
Lee and his wife, Leslie, have been married for over 40 years and live in Texas. They have two children, Alison and Kyle.
In April 2017, Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ, which details his conversion to Christianity, was adapted into a film and released by the Christian film company Pureflix. The film stars Mike Vogel as Strobel and tells the story of Strobel’s journey from atheism to Christianity. Also featured in the film are Erika Christensen, Academy Award-winner Faye Dunaway, and Academy Award-nominee Robert Forster.
To prepare the Brook Hill community for the event, the school will host students and parents for an exclusive viewing of the new film, The Case for Christ, Sunday, 3 p.m. Sept. 10, inside the Upper School’s Founder’s Hall. The viewing of the film is free and open to anyone wishing to attend.
Brook Hill will also two of their own at the event who have made an impact on the life of the school, as the school’s Guardian Award will be presented to Brook Hill Headmaster Rod Fletcher and his wife, Heather.
“The process for selecting our Guardian Award winners is that the Brook Hill Board of Trustees gets together and discuss who has been influential and honored the mission of the school,” said Scarborough. “This year, we have the privilege of honoring our Headmaster and his wife, Rod and Heather Fletcher. They have poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, as well as a lot of time inside and outside the school to really make Brook Hill the best school that we can be.”
According to Scarborough, Fletcher began his tenure as Headmaster at The Brook Hill School in June 2004.
The ninth annual Brook Hill Founder’s Day event will feature a book signing from 6-6:45 p.m. Tickets for the book signing range from $85, including one book signed by Strobel, dinner, and keynote address; or $640 for one book signed by Strobel, reserved table for eight for dnner, and keynote address.
Those wishing not to purchase tickets for the book signing can choose to buy tickets for the dinner and keynote address for $45, while Brook Hill students and alumni will by charged a discounted cost of $35. A package with a reserved table of eight to dinner and the keynote address will cost $320.
In case of rain the night of the event, the ninth annual Brook Hill Founder’s Day Celebration will be held inside of the Lower School’s Gymatorium.
For more information about Brook Hill’s 2017 Founder’s Day or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.brookhill.org/foundersday or call (903) 894-5000.