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Mary Glenn

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Chaplaincy and Community Development

BA, San Diego State University
MA, Regent College
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
DMin, Bakke Graduate University

Courses Taught

IS500: Practices of Vocational Formation

MD530: Homelessness, Housing, and Home in the Global Context

MD532: Understanding and Engaging Christian Community Development and Asset-Based Community Development

MN520: Encountering the City

MN536: Urban Immersion: Transforming the City (co-taught w/ Jude Tiersma Watson)

PM561: Christian Chaplaincy and Pluralistic Context

SF506: Vocational Formation in Seminary 

SF508: Our Vocation and God’s Shalom 

TM702: Living Missionally in Place

Areas of Expertise

Chaplaincy; suffering and the ministry of God’s presence; asset-based and Christian community development; collaboration and bridge building; intercultural leadership, diversity, and missiology; identity and belovedness; wellness/wholeness and God’s shalom; restorative justice; urban studies; city transformation; land theology/history

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”


Jeremiah 29:7


Mary Glenn joined Fuller’s faculty as assistant professor of the practice of chaplaincy and community development in 2022, after serving as an affiliate faculty member for over a decade, beginning in the former School of Intercultural Studies. Dr. Glenn teaches courses in the School of Mission and Theology master’s degree programs, where she serves as a lead faculty member for the MA in Justice and Advocacy cohort and the MDiv chaplaincy concentration, and also works with others to develop Fuller’s chaplaincy offerings, including programmatically. She has taught in a variety of academic contexts. At Fuller, she initially taught on the topic of urban youth ministry (as far back as 2010) with the Fuller Youth Institute. She is the author of the chapter “Nineveh, God’s Mission of Love, and the Enemy” in the book God’s Mission in the Cities of the Bible (2021) and is the author or coauthor of articles for Missiology: An International Review, FULLER, and the Journal of Youth Ministry.

Through her work as a pastor, chaplain, and educator, Glenn serves as a bridge-builder. Ordained nondenominationally, she has more than 20 years of youth/college/community pastoral experience. A lover of cities, particularly Los Angeles (where she calls home), she regularly leads urban immersions and Downtown LA city walks. She has led community development organizations, including co-leading Cities Together, working with collaborative movements and leaders for city transformation. She has served as a certified chaplain for more than two decades with three different agencies and as a law enforcement chaplain trainer, and holds a certification in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). She previously served as a national board member with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and as a board member with Central City Community Outreach in Downtown Los Angeles/Skid Row. Glenn is a frequent speaker on suffering, trauma, the ministry of God’s presence, and God’s shalom.