Chapman “Chap” Clark is associate provost for regional campuses and strategic projects and professor of youth, family, and culture. He also serves as director of the Student Leadership Project and Institute of Youth Ministry. On faculty since 1997, he created and directs Fuller's Doctor of Ministry program in Youth, Family and Culture, and oversees PhD students who are studying youth and family ministry, youth culture, and adolescent development. Additionally, he is the School of Theology’s representative to the Fuller Youth Institute. Clark is currently based in Seattle to give special focus to Fuller Northwest.
A well-known practitioner, adolescent and family scholar, and author, Clark has more than 30 years’ experience in direct ministry, including 15 years with Young Life, as well as positions with several churches, Denver Seminary, and Youth Specialties. He is the senior editor of Youthworker Journal
and president of Foothill Community Ministries, Inc., the parent organization for the ParenTeen and HURT Seminars. Dr. Clark has remained in direct ministry with young people, and is committed to the equipping and training of men and women who recognize the Church's mandate of reaching out to young people in the name of Christ.
Clark’s extensive publication of books, articles, and videos focus primarily on relationships. Most recently, he published Hurt 2.0
and also coauthored Sticky Faith
with Fuller’s Kara Powell. Among his many books are Counseling Teenagers
(2010), When Kids Hurt: Helping Adults Navigate the Adolescent Maze
(2009), Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World
(2007, co-authored with his wife, Dee), Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others and Right the Wrongs Around Them
(2007, coauthored with Kara Powell), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World
(2006, co-authored with Kara Powell), Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers
(2004, a CBA finalist for Book of the Year, available in Spanish and Cantonese), and The Youth Worker's Handbook to Family Ministry
(1997). In 1987 Clark published Next Time I Fall in Love
, which was soon expanded into a leader's guide, student journal, and a video curriculum. He has also edited and contributed to major youth and family ministry texts.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
Parenting, culture (esp. youth culture, media, etc.), marriage, youth development, youth and family ministry, general church and parachurch ministry, leadership and teamwork, and spiritual formation