About Mark

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Mark-JacketThe Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a pastor, author, leader, speaker, blogger, and consultant for Christian organizations. Currently, Mark is the Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. In this role, he provides visionary, strategic, and tactical leadership for the Center, which seeks to serve leaders so they might flourish in life and leadership. In addition to serving leaders directly, the De Pree Center helps churches so they might encourage, teach, mentor, form, and support marketplace leaders. Part of Mark’s work for the Center involves serving leaders and churches by writing Life for Leaders, a daily, digital devotional that is emailed to over 3800 subscribers each morning. Mark also provides leadership for the Church & Marketplace network, which seeks to support marketplace leaders who are helping their churches become incubators of faith & work integration.

For sixteen years (1991-2007), Mark was the Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in Southern California. He loved being a pastor: teaching God’s Word, shaping a community to reflect the Gospel, helping individuals to be formed in Christ, and sharing all of life with his congregation. After his time in Irvine, Mark served in a pastoral/executive role in the H.E. Butt Family Foundation in the Texas Hill Country, filling a variety of positions (Senior Director of Laity Lodge, Executive Director of Digital Media, Theologian in Residence, chief writer of the Daily Reflections, etc.). Mark began his career at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood as Associate Pastor of Education.

Mark studied at Harvard University, receiving a B.A. in Philosophy magna cum laude, an M.A. in the Study of Religion, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins. He has taught classes in New Testament for Fuller Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

ephesians-commentaryMark has written several books, including No Holds Barred: Wrestling with God in Prayer (WaterBrook, 2005), Dare to Be True (WaterBrook, 2003), Jesus Revealed (WaterBrook, 2002), After “I Believe” (Baker, 2002), and Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Word, 1993), Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Crossway, 2007), Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime (Patheos, 2011). Mark’s commentary on Ephesians published by Zondervan in the Story of God series is now available for purchase.

Mark has been an active blogger since 2003. His blog is now part of the growing community of Patheos.com. You can find it here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/.

Mark serves on the editorial board of Worship Leader magazine, where he publishes articles and reviews, including his regular devotional column. Additionally, he has published dozens of articles in leading magazines and journals. He often speaks for churches and other Christian groups, and has been interviewed on over seventy-five radio programs nationwide.

Mark is married to Linda, who is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Spiritual Director, and a retreat speaker. They have two children, Nathan and Kara.

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Mark’s Dossier

Professional History:

Author/Blogger/Speaker (1998-present)

Executive Director, Max De Pree Center for Leadership, Fuller Seminary (2015 – present)

Consultant for Christian Organizations (churches, schools, etc.) (2008-present)

Executive Director of Digital Media; Senior Director of Laity Lodge; Theologian in Residence, H. E. Butt Family Foundation (2007-2014)

Senior Pastor Irvine Presbyterian Church (1991-2007)

Adjunct Assistant Professor Fuller Theological Seminary (1994-2006). Courses: New Testament Theology and Exegesis.

Adjunct Instructor San Francisco Theological Seminary (1995 to 2001). Courses: New Testament Greek and Exegesis

Associate Pastor of Education First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood (1987-1991)

Teaching Fellow Harvard University (1980-1983)


Ph.D. in the Study of Religion. Harvard University, 1992. Area: New Testament and Christian Origins

M.A. in the Study of Religion Harvard University, 1984.

A.B. magna cum laude in Philosophy Harvard University, 1979. Phi Beta Kappa; Danforth Fellowship


Ephesians. Commentary in the Story of God series. Zondervan, 2016

Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime. Patheos, 2011.

Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.Crossway, 2007.

No Holds Barred: Wrestling with God in Prayer. WaterBrook, 2005

Dare to Be True: Living in the Freedom of Complete Honesty. WaterBrook, 2003.

Jesus Revealed: Know Him Better to Love Him Better. WaterBrook, 2002.

After “I Believe”: Experiencing Authentic Christian Living. Baker, 2002.

Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther in the Communicator’s Commentary Series. Word, 1993.

Contacting Mark:

You can reach Mark at:

E-mail: markroberts-at-fuller.edu


  • Dave

    Mark, excellent reflections on Christ last words. If only people understood what a revolutionary Jesus was in his time. The Holy Spirit merging with love and forgiveness.




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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1496566939 Angel Luli

    Your life and works inspire me. I hope to meet you and join your retreats someday. I hope to visit your Irvine Presbyterian church someday soon.  LALC

  • Anonymous

    Thanks. I’m not at Irvine Pres anymore. Scott Bullock is the pastor there. He’s doing a great job. I’m in Texas now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1496566939 Angel Luli

    Your works and life example inspire me.  I hope to attend your retreat someday. I pray at an opportune time I will be able to visit with you at your Irvine church. God bless you with added purposefulness!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I’m now in the “retreat business” at Laity Lodge.

  • Steve

    I read your article concerning what language Jesus spoke, and that it was very good. Fact is however, there is no way to possibly know exactly what language Jesus spoke. It was probably Aramaic, but who really knows. All we can do is speculate or draw conclusions based on our study of the time and place in which Jesus lived. I certainly believe he generally spoke the language of the common people. One of my favorite texts: “And the common people heard him gladly.” Being a part of the omniscient Godhead Jesus could have spoken any language he wanted whenever he wanted to. I doubt he would have needed and interpreter regardless of who he was talking to.  You mentioned in your article that some religious people have written you some nasty emails challenging your scholarship and your commitment to Christ. Isn’t it amazing how ungodly some people can be in the name of God. Truly amazing. I have been a full-time preacher for over 20 years, and it never ceases to amaze me how sinful and ungodly people who claim love God can be. Keep up the good work. I subscribed to your updates today.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your comment.

  • Gles_guillen

    our church is in conflict