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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.

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Note: Mark’s articles appear in reverse chronological order. There are more than 1,500.

Biography

Contact Mark

To contact Mark, email him at markroberts@fuller.edu or call the De Pree Center office at: 626-584-5325.

Mark’s Short Bio:

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 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 teaches 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 Shortest Bio:

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative.

Mark’s Full Bio:

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. 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.

Before taking on the role of Senior Strategist, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center for six years. Prior to this, he 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 7,500 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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Calling in the Third Third of Life

A Devotional and Small Group Guide by Mark Roberts
Price: $9.99

This ten-part devotional and small group guide, centered on Genesis 12:1-5, encourages us to guide our lives by the callings we have from God, especially for those in or entering the third third of life.

About Life for Leaders

Information about Life for Leaders

Based on a close reading of the Bible, this digitally delivered daily devotional also encourages leaders to understand their work and, indeed, their whole life, in light of God’s truth and calling.

Webinar: Intergenerational Collaboration:
A Key to Third Third Flourishing and Transformed Communities

Webinar with Eunice Lin Nichols, Raymond Jetson, and Sherreta Harrison, hosted by Mark Roberts.

The De Pree Center is excited to host a webinar with three people who are doing innovative work bringing generations together.

52 Workday Prayers

A Devotional Guide by Mark D. Roberts
Price: $12.99

God has given us the Psalms for many reasons. One of the main ones is to teach us how to pray. From the Psalms we get to know more intimately the God with whom we speak. 

Don’t Let the Negative Narratives Keep You From Flourishing

Article by Mark Roberts

I believe one of the main things that is preventing adults in the third third of life from flourishing is the prevalence of negative narratives about aging.

Is Retirement Good for You? Or Not?

Article by Mark Roberts

A few weeks ago I started to wonder: Is retirement good for you? Are retired people healthier? Happier? Do those who retire live better, even longer lives?

Stations of the Cross

A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week by Mark D. Roberts
Price: $7.99

This guide helps us reflect with more intensity and emotion the events and meaning of Jesus’s death. It invites us to draw near to the Lord in anticipation of Good Friday and Easter.