Mark Hopkins

Director of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership and the Doctor of Missiology and Assistant Professor of LeadershipSchool of Intercultural Studies

Contact Information
BA, University of Texas
MAR, Harding University
MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Biographical Information

Mark Hopkins, who joined Fuller in 2001, is director of the Global Leadership and the Doctor of Missiology and assistant professor of leadership in the School of Intercultural Studies. He has a strong desire to see the church more effectively engage contemporary Western culture.

Prior to his current roles, Hopkins was administrative director for the Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL), Fuller’s first online degree program, enabling men and women in Christian leadership around the world to stay fully engaged in their ministries while studying primarily online.

A scholar in the areas of leadership, postmodern mission, and missional ecclesiology, Hopkins has taught courses at both Pepperdine University and Fuller, primarily in the areas of leadership and of Christianity and culture. He has also pastored with local congregations for 17 years, ministering in New York, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, and California. In addition, Hopkins participated in three church-planting campaigns—serving as director of one—in Irkutsk, St. Petersburg, and Samara, Russia, during the mid-1990s.

Courses Taught

  • MC502: Becoming a Missional Church
  • MC506: Leading a Missional Church
  • ML581: Developing Your Learning Plan
  • ML582: Character, Community, and Leadership
  • ML583: Global Leadership: Implications for Ministry
  • MP520: Contemporary Culture in Missiological Perspective
  • MT500: Biblical Theology of Mission
  • MT520: Biblical Foundations of Mission
  • MB769: Research Design
  • MB774: Studying Contexts
  • MI772: Missiological Integration Seminar

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Leadership, postmodern mission, missional ecclesiology


  • “Leadership Development in a Seminary Context: The Case of Two In-Service Degrees at Fuller Theological Seminary,” Asian Missions Advance 49, October 2015, 13–18.
  • “The God of Creation Is a Missionary God,” Mission (Spring, 2011): 37-38.
  • “Conversion vs. Discipleship,” Campus Crosswalk (Fall, 2009).
  • “The Emerging Bride” (of Christ)! Becoming a Missional Church,” Campus Crosswalk (Spring, 2008).
  • “Describing Emerging Churches,” Church Growth 22.1 (Second Quarter, 2007): 11-14.
  • “Postmodern Problems; Postmodern Opportunities!” Campus Crosswalk (Fall, 2007).
  • “A Plurality of One: Trinitarian Implications for Christian Unity,” Campus Crosswalk.
  • “Understanding Emerging Churches,” Church Growth 20.4 (Fourth Quarter, 2005): 11-14.
  • “Blending Belief with Behavior and Belonging,” Campus Crosswalk (Fall, 2003): 12-13.
  • “A Plan Well Executed,” Church Growth 16.4 (Fourth Quarter, 2001): 12-14.

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