Mark Lau Branson

Dr. Mark Lau Branson
AddressFuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182

Homer L. Goddard Associate Professor of the Ministry of the Laity, Fuller Theological Seminary

B.A., Wichita State University,
M.A., School of Theology at Claremont,
Ed.D., University of San Francisco,

Mark Lau Branson is the Homer L. Goddard Associate Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and has taught at Fuller since 2000. He teaches courses in congregational leadership and community engagement.

Branson was ordained at San Francisco Christian Center, an African-American Pentecostal church, and has served on the pastoral teams in United Methodist and Presbyterian churches. He has worked with several agencies active in education, community development, and community organizing, and continues to serve as a consultant and speaker. His most recent book is Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change (2004), published by the Alban Institute. He also contributed the chapters “Gratitude as Access to Meaning” in The Three Tasks of Leadership (2009), “Ecclesiology and Leadership for the Missional Church,” in The Missional Church in Context: Helping Congregations Develop Contextual Ministry (2007), and “Forming God’s People” in Leadership in Congregations (2007). Branson is the president of the Institute for Urban Initiatives. He and his family are active at First Presbyterian Church in Altadena, California.

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