Dr. Mark Love

Graduate Program Director: MRE in Missional Leadership

Dr. Mark Love
Department of Theology and Ministry
Muirhead 102
(248) 218-2300


  • Ph.D., Luther Seminary
  • D.Min., Abilene Christian University
  • M.Div., Pepperdine University
  • M.A., Abilene Christian University
  • B.A., Abilene Christian University

Courses Taught

  • The Congregation
  • Gospel and Cultures
  • Leading the Missional Congregation
  • Practical Issues in Ministry
  • Contemporary Issues in Hermeneutics
  • Hospitality as Leadership
  • Mission of God: Salvation and Human Identity
  • The Holy Spirit, Leadership, and Missional Communities

Honors and Affiliations

  • Academy of Religious Leadership (2009-present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (2001-present)
  • Academy of Homiletics (2001-present)
  • Book Review Editor, Leaven Journal (2001-present)
  • Managing Editor, Leaven Journal (1986-1993)
  • Editorial Board Member, Leaven Journal (1986-present)
  • Living Service Alumni Award, Cascade College, Sept, 2006.
  • Outstanding Project Thesis Award, “Reimagining Evangelism at the East County Church of Christ,” Abilene Christian University, Doctor of Ministry, 1997.

Professional and Academic Experience

  • Director, Graduate School of Religion; Master of Religious Education, Missional Leadership, Rochester College (2009-present)
  • Assistant Professor of Ministry, Graduate School of Theology, Abilene Christian University (2001-2009)
  • Director of Ministry Events, Abilene Christian University (2001-2009)
  • Adjunct Professor of Bible, Columbia Christian College/Cascade College, Portland, Oregon (1991-2001)
  • Minister of the Word, East County Church of Christ, Gresham, Oregon (1990-2001)
  • Asst. Minister, Park Row Church of Christ, Arlington, Texas (1984-1990)


Mark served congregations in Texas and Oregon in full-time ministry for 17 years before moving into the world of academia. He consults with congregations across the United States who are interested in cultivating a missional identity. Mark relaxes by playing his guitar, working out and watching sports. He is learning to love Red Wings hockey. His son, Josh, lives in a new monastic community in Abilene, Texas.

Publications / Presentations

Publications - Books
  • Love, Mark, Douglas A. Foster, Randall J. Harris, Seeking a Lasting City: The Church’s Journey in the Story of God. Abilene, TX.: ACU Press, 2005.
  • Love, Mark. Matthew: Finding Treasure New and Old. Abilene, Texas: Hillcrest, 2000.
Publications - Articles
  • “Missio Dei, Trinitarian Theology, and the Quest for a Post-colonial Missiology,” Missio Dei Journal (August, 2010).
  • “Missional as a Socially-Embodied Trinitarian Theology of Participation: Reflections on Ecumenical Contributions to Missio Dei and Ecclesiology,” Missiology: An International Review (January, 2009).
  • “Believe the Good News: Mark 1:15,” Preaching Mark’s Unsettling Messiah. Edited by David Bland and David Fleer. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2006.
  • “The Care of Souls: Pastoral Prayer,” Like a Shepherd Lead Us: Guidance for the Gentle Art of Pastoring. Edited by David Fleer and Charles Siburt. Abilene, Texas; ACU Press: 2006.
  • “Though Mountains Shake in the Sea: Psalm 46,” Performing the Psalms. Edited by Dave Bland and David Fleer. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2005.
  • “Going to Church in the Psalms: Psalm 89,” Performing the Psalms. Edited by Dave Bland and David Fleer. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2005.
  • “The Word is Near to You: Preaching Beyond Analogy,” Leaven Journal. 11:4, 2003, 185-92.
  • “Funding the Sermon with Gospeled Imagination: Reflections on Text and Sermon from Romans,” Preaching Romans. Abilene, Texas: ACU Press, 2002.
  • “Sermons from Corinthians,” Preaching Autobiography. Abilene, Texas: ACU Press, 2001.
  • “Living in the Peace of God: Perspectives from Romans,” Leaven Journal. 9:4, 2001, 205-209.
  • “Have Mercy on Me, O God: Psalm 51,” Leaven Journal. 7:3, 1999, 148-157.
  • “Nurturing Narrative Evangelists,” Leaven Journal. 7:2, 1999, 85-89.
  • “Soteriology and Missional Imagination.” Christian Scholar’s Conference, Pepperdine University, June 2011.
  • “Missio Dei, Trinitarian Theology and the Quest for a Post-Colonial Missiology.” Christian Scholar’s Conference, Lipscomb University, June 2010.
  • “Beyond Translation: Mission After the Hermeneutical Turn.” American Society of Missiology, June 2008.
  • “Worship and the Missional Church Movement.” Christian Scholar’s Conference, Rochester College, June 2007.
  • “Beyond Faith and Learning.” The Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature & Inscription, September 2006.
  • “Missional Innovation, Abilene Christian University and the Churches of Christ.” Gospel and Our Culture Consultation, Luther Seminary, October 2005.
  • “Practical Theology as a Way Beyond Integration of Faith and Learning.” Theology and the Christian University, Abilene Christian University, March 2005.
  • “Though Mountains Shake in the Depths of the Sea: Psalm 46.” Rochester College Lectures on Preaching, May 2004.
  • “From Text to Sermon in Romans.” Rochester College Lectures on Preaching, May 2001.
  • “Recovering Gospeled Preaching.” Abilene Christian University Lectures on Preaching, September 2000.
  • “Toward a Post-Liberal Theology of Evangelism.” Christian Scholars Conference, Pepperdine University, June 1997.