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Mark Lau Branson

Homer L. Goddard Senior Professor of the Ministry of the Laity

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, Wichita State UniversityMA, School of Theology at ClaremontEdD, University of San Francisco

Courses Taught

CF526: The Congregation as a Learning CommunityGM506: Foundations for MinistryPM514: Missional Churches and LeadershipPM849: Learning Communities: Practical Theology and Christian EducationPM856: Practical Theology MethodsTC501: American Culture: Social L

Campus Affiliations

Center for Advanced Theological StudiesUrban Initiatives

Areas of Expertise

Congregational life and community engagement, congregational revisioning and transformation, leadership development, intercultural studies, urban churches, missional ecclesiology, practical theology

Current Research

Branson’s research and consulting focuses on congregational life and community engagement; he is currently engaged in a two-year research and consulting project in Korea.

“The church is the primary means through which God loves the world . . . continuing to watch and listen as the Holy Spirit shapes men and women to engage this changing American environment as a mission field, paying attention to neighbors and neighborhood


Dr. Branson, reflecting on church planting with a variety of voices from the Fuller community. Explore more.


Mark Lau Branson is the Homer L. Goddard Senior Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and has taught at Fuller since 2000. He teaches courses in congregational leadership and community engagement. In addition, he is the coordinator of the PhD/ThM program

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