Mark Dever

View More: Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Since first serving as a pastor in 1985, Mark has served on the pastoral staffs of four churches, including a church plant in Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Washington in 1994, Mark served for two years as an associate pastor of Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge, England.

Currently, Mark serves as the president of 9Marks in Washington, D.C. He also teaches periodically at various conferences, speaking everywhere from South Africa to Brazil to the United Kingdom to Alabama. Feeling a deep burden for pastors, Mark often addresses pastors’ conferences and teaches at seminaries.

He has served as a trustee of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a member of the council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and a board member of The Gospel Coalition. As Guest Senate Chaplain for two weeks in 1995, Mark opened the daily sessions of the United States Senate in prayer. He is a member of the American Society of Church History and the Tyndale Fellowship, and he held the J.B. Lightfoot Scholarship at Cambridge University from 1989 to 1991.

Mark has authored multiple books, including

  • Richard Sibbes: Puritanism and Calvinism in Late Elizabethan and Early Stuart England (2000)
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (orig. 2001; 4 editions; 9 translations)
  • Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life (2001), editor
  • The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel (2005), co-authored with Paul Alexander
  • The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept (2005)
  • A Display of God’s Glory: Basics of Church Structure (2006)
  • By Whose Authority: Elders in Baptist Life (2006)
  • The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made (2006)
  • What is a Healthy Church? (2007)
  • The Gospel and Personal Evangelism (2008)
  • In My Place Condemned He Stood (2008), co-authored with J.I. Packer
  • Twelve Challenges Churches Face (2009)
  • What Does God Want of Us Anyway? (2010)
  • It Is Well (2010), co-authored with Michael Lawrence
  • Preach: Theology Meets Practice (2012), co-authored with Greg Gilbert
  • The Church: the Gospel Made Visible (2012)

Additionally, Mark has a been contributing editor to the Cambridge Papers, and his works have been published in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Christian Arena magazine, the Founders Journal, Leadership Journal, Regeneration Quarterly, Modern Reformation, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Tabletalk, the Disciple’s Study Bible, and Building on a Sure Foundation. He has also contributed an article on John L. Dagg to Theologians of the Baptist Tradition. More recently, he has contributed to many books including The Compromised Church, Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, Christ and His Church, and Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. He also has articles in Reforming Pastoral Ministry, Why I am a Baptist, and The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century, vol. 1.

Mark received his Doctor of Philosophy in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He also holds a Master of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. They have two adult children.

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