Mark D. Roberts

Mark’s Popular Resources

Mark is the author of eight books and dozens of articles. He is the principal writer of Life for Leaders, the De Pree Center’s daily digital devotion. Mark speaks frequently in churches, conferences, and other settings. You can find links to some of Mark’s most popular writings and other resources here.

You can see all of Mark’s writings on this website here. Note: They appear in reverse chronological order. There are more than 1,500.


Contact Mark

To contact Mark, email him at markroberts@fuller.edu or call the De Pree Center office at: 626-584-5354

Mark’s Short Bio:

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is the Executive Director of Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership. Previously, he was the lead pastor of a church in Southern California and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. Mark has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,000 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark has taught at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.

Mark’s Full Bio:

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is the Executive Director of Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership. In this role, he is responsible for the mission, strategic direction, staff development, and financial sustainability of the Center. He also provides resources for the Center’s work as the principal writer of the Life for Leaders daily devotional. With years of experience as a pastor and non-profit leader, as well as a mentor to leaders in business and other fields, Mark is deeply committed to serving leaders in the marketplace, education, government, non-profits, arts, family, and the church. He envisions leaders flourishing in every part of their lives as well as their leadership, thus contributing to God’s work throughout the world. Mark has a growing commitment to helping leaders who are entering the “third third” of life to flourish in new ways as their relationship to compensated work changes.

Prior to coming to the De Pree Center, Mark was Executive Director of Digital Media and Senior Director of Laity Lodge for the H. E. Butt Foundation in Texas. A Presbyterian pastor, he served churches in California, with a sixteen-year stint as senior pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church.

Mark earned his BA magna cum laude in Philosophy, his MA in the Study of Religion, and his PhD in New Testament, all from Harvard University. For ten years, he taught a wide variety of New Testament courses as an adjunct instructor at Fuller, both in Orange County and on the Pasadena campus. He also taught as an adjunct for San Francisco Theological Seminary. Most recently, he is the lead professor for Fuller’s D.Min. cohort on Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.

Mark is the author of eight books, including Dare to Be True and Can We Trust the Gospels? His commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther in The Preacher’s Commentary examines leadership models in Israel’s life. His commentary on Ephesians in the Story of God series was published in 2016. Mark has written dozens of articles for journals and magazines, including Leadership Journal, Christian Reflection (Baylor University), and In Touch. He has also contributed to the biblical commentary of the Theology of Work Project, of which he is a steering committee member.

Most of Mark’s writing in the last decade has been in digital media. He is the primary writer for the De Pree Center’s Life for Leaders daily digital devotional. Emailed each morning to over 7,000 subscribers, Life for Leaders serves leaders in all sectors of life by helping them go deeper in relationship with God as they grow in a biblical understanding of their work.

Mark has served as a consultant to Christian organizations, including churches and educational institutions. In addition to preaching and teaching, he has spoken in a wide variety of conferences, retreats, and workshops. He often teams up with his wife, Linda, a licensed therapist, spiritual director, and executive coach, to speak at churches and retreat centers. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.

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Following Jesus Today

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

In a time of uncertainty, when we’re not sure quite what to do, it’s good to follow Jesus. When we wonder where our lives are headed and what they’ll be like when we get there, it’s good to follow Jesus.

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Walking with God in Uncertain Times

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

In the midst of a global pandemic and widespread economic disruption, we find ourselves in truly uncertain times. What difference does God make in times like these?

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Leading in a Crisis: The Difference God Makes

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

This series reflects on circumstances in the midst of the COVID-19 “coronavirus” crisis, and the difference God can make for those of us who are leading in this crisis.

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Easter and COVID-19

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

This Life for Leaders devotional series seeks biblical answers to the question: How does the resurrection of Jesus matter as we live in the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis?

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Life in Lockdown

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

During the coronavirus pandemic, millions upon millions of people are living in virtual lockdown. How might we grow into a deeper relationship with God in this strange time of life?