AreaLeadership and Ministry
B.A., Wabash (1975)
A.M., Chicago (1977)
Dean of the Disciples Divinity House
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ministry
Mark is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ministry and teaches courses in leadership and pastoral ministry. As Dean of the Disciples Divinity House, he also teaches the course for Disciples ministry students in the history and polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
From 1980-95, he served as pastor of First Christian Church, Chicago Heights, Illinois, a declining industrial suburb on the south side of Chicago. In that time, this small, mostly middle class white congregation, discerned God's call and covenanted to take a more activist stance in its community, emphasizing hands-on ministry in partnership with the nearby poor. The church was instrumental in the beginnings of a number of community ministries and involved members in its own work for justice as well. In 1995, over 70 percent of the congregation was involved in a wide variety hands-on ministries locally, in Appalachia, and overseas.
Mark holds the B.A. from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, and the A.M. from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, where he also took additional doctoral level work in theology. He leads workshops in transformational leadership in ministry and congregational theology. He has published articles, sermons, and a chapter on Disciple theology of ministry.