Mark Labberton Is the New President of Fuller Seminary

Mark Labberton, president-elect of Fuller Theological Seminary

Fuller Seminary — from which I received my MDiv and at which I currently teach — today announced Mark Labberton as its new president, succeeding Richard Mouw. I have a ton of respect for Mark, and I think it’s a great choice for Fuller:

The Fuller Theological Seminary Board of Trustees has announced that Mark Labbertonhas accepted the call to serve as the seminary’s fifth president, beginning July 1, 2013.

Announcing Labberton’s unanimous election by the trustees, Board Chair Clifford L. Penner said, “Along with my fellow trustees, I am delighted to welcome Mark Labberton to the presidency of Fuller Seminary. We are excited and inspired by the outstanding qualities and accomplishments he brings to this position. He is a scholar and academic leader, pastor for more than 25 years, accomplished author, and leading voice in many international ministries. Mark brings strong spiritual leadership, a wide range of experiences, and the vision to guide Fuller into a new era of global leadership in seminary education.  As a Fuller alumnus (MDiv) and professor, he fully comprehends Fuller’s rich and diverse legacy.”

“I feel an incredible sense of joy and hope to be given this opportunity,” said Dr. Labberton. “Thanks to Rich Mouw’s generous, gracious, and irenic leadership, Fuller is well positioned to influence how the gospel is communicated, understood, and embodied in the world.”

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  • Tony, I don’t know Mark, but have high hopes. As a 2 time alum and occasional adjunct over the years, I have great interest in what happens at Fuller. I went to Fuller during the Hubbard years, and have felt that while Rich Mouw has been a good President, he took a more cautious approach theologically. I hope you will say more about Mark.

  • Congratulations, Mark! My small group is currently reading and discussing his book, “The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor.” It is a challenging and worthwhile read. I’ve also been privileged to hear Mark preach on several occasions.

  • JR

    I wonder if he’ll usher in a more LGBTQ-friendly environment at Fuller.

  • He was the senior pastor at First Pres Berkeley during my undergrad years at Cal. Wonderful man, excellent speaker, and great theologian who greatly shaped my faith!