Lee Updike was born in rural Saskatchewan near the town of White Fox, in 1932. As a youth he worked the family farm, ran a trapline, and worked in sawmills and the bush. Updike started boxing as a teenager and pursued a boxing career in western cities until his early twenties. Thereafter, he worked in manufacturing and sales while upgrading his education, particularly in commercial art. While in his early thirties, Updike began freelance illustrating. His images appeared in many books, magazines and as television graphics. He specialized in drawing and painting the Native peoples of early Canada. Lee’s Indian artwork has been displayed in a number of Canadian museums and galleries.
In 1964, Lee Updike had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Lee’s wife, Beverly, and children, Larry and Janet also became Christian believers, and in a short time the Updike family began a gospel singing ministry. Updike completed Bible College studies on the fly, became an ordained minister, and in the 1970s laid aside pen and brush for many years of full-time pastoral ministry.
Lee and Beverly Updike have three children, Larry, Janet and Daniel. They are now retired and live in Edmonton, where Lee preaches occasionally and is active in artwork and writing. “The God Kind of Love,” is Lee Updike’s fifth book.