Jim Burnham, a life-long Catholic, is an internationally known apologist, author, and teacher of Catholic doctrine. He is the second oldest of ten children. In 1989, Jim graduated as valedictorian from Michigan’s Hillsdale College with a degree in philosophy. He later pursued graduate studies in philosophy and theology at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California.
Tough biblical challenges about the Catholic Church put to him by several Evangelical Protestant classmates forced Jim to rediscover the compelling biblical and historical basis in support of his Catholic Faith and strengthened him as a Catholic, kindling in him a passion for biblical apologetics.
Jim currently serves as the director of San Juan Catholic Seminars, a lay organization devoted to explaining and defending the Catholic Faith, which he co-founded with his late father. Jim teamed up with a Father Frank Chacon, a priest of the Diocese of Gallup, and developed San Juan Catholic Seminars into a full-fledged, national apologetics apostolate, most notably producing the hugely popular series of Beginning Apologetics training books which now number over 300,000 combined copies in print.
Jim has conducted apologetics seminars all over the world. He is a veteran member of the Envoy Institute’s Catholic Apologetics Summer Camp faculty, and he appears regularly on the global Catholic radio program, “Catholic Answers Live,” as well as being interviewed on various other Catholic radio shows.
Jim co-hosted EWTN’s “Carpenter Shop” television series with Steve Wood, and he co-authored the hugely popular series of Beginning Apologetics booklets — clear, simple apologetics handbooks showing ordinary Catholics how to effectively explain and defend their Faith. He also co-authored the book Christian Fatherhood, with Steve Wood.
Jim and his wife Lisa have been married for 20 years and have six children. They reside in New Mexico.