About Mark

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The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a pastor, author, leader, speaker, and blogger. He is the Executive Director of Digital Media and the Theological and Cultural Steward for Foundations for Laity Renewal, an organization that seeks to “create opportunities for people to encounter God for the transformation of daily life, work, and our world.”

From October 2007 through August 2011, Mark was the Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge, one of the ministries of Foundations for Laity Renewal. Before coming to Laity Lodge, he was for sixteen years the Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in Irvine, California (a city in Orange County about forty miles south of Los Angeles). Previously, Mark served on the staff of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood as Associate Pastor of Education. (Thanks to Janel Pahl for taking the photo to the right.)

Mark studied at Harvard University, receiving a B.A. in Philosophy, 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.

Mark 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). His most recent book is Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime (Patheos, 2011).He is currently working on a commentary on Ephesians that will be published by Zondervan in 2014.

Mark writes a devotional for The High Calling, a website produced by Foundations for Laity Renewal. His “Daily Reflections” can be viewed online or sent as a daily email. If you wish to receive this email, just visit TheHighCalling.org and sign up.

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/. He also writes a regular column for Patheos, the Pastor’s Workshop.

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:

Executive Director of Digital Media; Theological and Cultural Steward, Foundations for Laity Renewal (present position)

Senior Director and Scholar-in Residence, Laity Lodge, October 2007 to August 2011.

Senior Pastor Irvine Presbyterian Church, June 1991 to September 2007

Adjunct Assistant Professor Fuller Theological Seminary, 1994 to 2007. 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


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:




Laity Lodge: (830) 792-1216


Laity Lodge
719 Earl Garrett
Kerrville, TX 78028