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Dr. Mark Harden

Chief Academic Officer & Provost
Dean, School of Community Ministry
Professor of Community Development
Intercultural Competencies Specialist
International Experience: Croatia, South Africa, USA



    • Doctor of Philosophy, Family and Child Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • Master of Arts, Theological Studies, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL
    • Master of Arts, Pastoral Ministry, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI
    • Bachelor of General Studies, Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI

Doctoral Dissertation

    • Socio-Cultural Determinants and the Affects of Psychological Acculturation on Social Participation among African American Ministers’ Wives

Teaching Specializations

  • Community Development
  • Community Ministry
  • Compassionate Urban Ministry
  • Urban Culture and Poverty
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Family and Youth Interventions
  • Practical and Contextual Theology


Academic Experiences

  • Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, Pillar College, Newark, NJ
  • Seminary President and Chief Executive Officer, Ashland Theological Seminary, Division of Ashland University, Ashland, OH
  • Campus Dean and Associate Professor, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary – Boston Campus, Roxbury, MA
  • Lead Faculty and Dean of Intercultural Relations, Bethel Seminary, Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN
  • State Program Leader for Program Evaluation, Michigan State University, Extension Education Services, Division of Children, Youth, and Families, East Lansing, MI


Professional Experiences

  • Executive Director and Regional Program Coordinator for Church Mobilization, Detroit LOVE, INC., Affiliate of World Vision, USFO Headquarters, Federal Way, WA
  • Community Development Specialist, Neighborhood Service Organization, NSO Community/Organization Development Unit, Detroit, MI
  • Certified Police Officer, Southfield Police Department, Southfield, MI


Ministry Experiences

  • Associate Minister, People’s Baptist Church, Roxbury, MA
  • Associate Minister, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Associate Minister, Greater Christ Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan
  • Associate Minister, St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan




  • Harden, M. (2019) Identifying Patterns of Religious Faith in Social Service Programs: Africanus Journal, Vol. II no. 2: Boston, MA.
  • Harden, M. Hollinger, D., Price, E. (2015). The Christian Faith, Race Relations, and Civic Order. A Panel Forum at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA. Africanus Journal. Vol.7, no.2: Boston, MA
  • Harden, M., Sandage, S. (2011). Relational Spirituality, Differentiation of Self, and Virtue as predictors of intercultural development. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture: Rouledge: London.
  • Harden, M. G., (2011) Toward a Practical Black Theology and Liberation Ethic: An alternative African American perspective: Black Theology International Journal, UK.
  • Harden, M. G. (2006) Towards a Faith-based Program Theory: Re-conceptualization of program theory. Evaluation Review, Journal of Applied Social Research. Sage Publications: CA.

Book Chapter Contributions

  • Harden, M. G. (2013). Redeeming the City in the Margins. Park, S., Spencer, W., and Spencer, A. (Eds). Reaching for the New Jerusalem: A biblical and theological framework for the city. Wipf and Stock: Eugene, OR.
  • Harden, M. G., (2011) Faith involvement in community development. In Deliberations in Community Development: Balancing on the Edge. Rothe, P. and Carrol, L. (Editors) New York: Nova Science Publishers
  • Dahl, C., Harden, M., Sandage, S. (2011). Psychology of religion, perceived differences, and diversity. In Advances in Workplace Spirituality: Theory, Research, and Application. Hill, P. and Dik, B. Editors.

Graduate Academic Publications

  • Harden, M. G., (2002). Socio-Cultural Determinants and the Affects of Psychological Acculturation on Social Participation among African American Ministers’ Wives. Dissertation, Michigan
    State University: East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Harden. M. G., (1997). Concepts and Models in Community Development: An African American Perspective. An unpublished Master of Arts Thesis: Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Harden M. G., (1996). Youth Violence Prevention: An approach to pastoral ministry. Unpublished M. A. Thesis manuscript: Marygrove College.

Academic Institutional Publications

  • Harden, M., (2008) Breaking Down Barriers to Reconciliation: An Evaluation of the Effects of an Intercultural Development Approach. White paper, Bethel University: St. Paul, MN
  • Education Program National Framework For Nutrition Program Evaluation - 2001-2002, National Food Nutrition Program Evaluation Committee, Michigan State University, East
    Lansing, MI
  • Needs Assessment, MSU, Wayne County Extension Programs -1999 – 2001 Organizational assessment and program evaluation, MSU Extension Service, East Lansing, MI
  • Shirer, K. Contreras. D., Harden, M. and Spicer, J., (2002) Caring for My Family: Family Formation and Fathering Curriculum. Michigan State University Extension, Family and
    Consumer Sciences: East Lansing, Michigan.



  • Workshop Presenter - 2013, Empowering Those Marginalized by Generational Poverty: Survival Culture as Intelligence, National Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW), Atlanta, GA
  • Workshop Presenter - 2011, Intercultural Competence as Resilience for Youth, Society for Intercultural Education and Research (SIETAR-USA), Denver, CO.
  • Workshop Presenter – 2010, Working Cross-Culturally in Service to the Poor: Research findings on class culture. The Society for Intercultural Education and Research (SIETAR-USA), Spokane, WA
  • Workshop Presenter - 2009, Urban Discipleship, Urban Youth Worker Institute, North Central University, MN
  • Workshop Participant - 2009, CORE, Enhancing Ethnic Diversity in Theological Education Conference, Association of Theological Schools, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Workshop Presenter - 2008, Streetwise: Violence Prevention, Christian Community Development Association Conference: Miami, FL
  • Presenter - 2008, Intercultural development and Relational Spirituality Research and Training in a Religious Context. Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Conference, Minneapolis, MN
  • Presenter - 2008, Relational spirituality and intercultural development: Integrative research, training, and clinical practice Christian Association for Psychological Studies Annual Convention, Phoenix, AZ
  • Workshop Presenter - 2008, Steps for Faith-based Youth Gang Intervention, Urban Youth Workers Institute, North Central University: Minneapolis, MN
  • Workshop Presenter - 2007, Understanding Urban Survival Culture, Asset-based approaches for overcoming cultural barriers that leads to deficit results. Christian Community Development Conference: St. Louis, MO
  • Workshop Presenter - 2005, Pastoral Community Outreach Ministry Education, Doyle Business Center, Plymouth, MN
  • Workshop Presenter - 2003, Faith-Based Program Evaluation Methodology: Concepts and Methods, American Evaluation, Association Conference: Reno, NV
  • Workshop Presenter - 2001, Strategic Planning: Needs Assessment as a Foundation for Change, Urban Extension Regional Conference: Cleveland, OH


Guest Panelist and Speaker

  • Guest Speaker – 2017, Center for the African American Religious Heritage, Third New Hope Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
  • Panel Speaker - 2016, After Ferguson, Moderator Michel Martin (NPR), Associate of Theological Schools Biennial, Doubletree Hotel, Union Street, St. Louis MO
  • Panel Speaker - 2015, The Christian Faith, Race Relations, and Civic Order, Gordon Conwell Dean’s Forum Panel, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA
  • Guest Speaker: Does God Care about Police Brutality? – Fall 2014, Harvard University, Harvard-Radcliff Christian Fellowship and Soul Food Christian Fellowship, Cambridge, MA
  • Guest Speaker: Multicultural Challenges – Summer 2013, Greater Lawrence Communities Together (Area Council of Churches), Lawrence, MA
  • Panel Speaker – Spring, 2013, African American Preaching Forum, Gordon Conwell, South Hamilton Campus, MA
  • Panel Speaker - 2010, Pathways to Reconciliation Forum, Office of Diversity, Bethel Seminary: St. Paul, MN
  • Panel Speaker - 2009, “Reconciliation and Leadership” at the Multi-Ethnic Church Conference, Bethel Christian Fellowship, St. Paul, MN
  • Commencement Speaker - 2009, Bethel University, Bethel Seminary of the East, Glen, Landover, MD
  • Keynote Speaker - 2009, “Diversity Across the Curriculum: Developing Intercultural Competence in Students” North Park University, Chicago, IL
  • Guest Speaker/Panelist - 2008, Measuring the Role of Faith in Programs, Institute for Research on Poverty, Madison, WI.
  • Guest Panelist - 2006, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Research and Issues in Faith-Based Evaluation
  • Keynote Speaker/presenter - 2004, “Equity in Education: Brown v. Board of Education 50 Years Later.” The Third Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture. Hamline University: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Guest Panelist - 2004, Challenges to Faith-Based Evaluation, Minnesota Evaluation Association, Amherst Wilder, Foundation Research Center: St. Paul, MN
  • Guest Panelist - 2003, Crossing Over Jordan, African American Health Conference: Palliative Care, Duke University, National Initiative: St. Paul, Minnesota


Professional Involvement

Board Memberships

  • Historical American Baptist Society, Board of Trustees – 2017- present
  • Association of Theological Schools, The Commission on Accrediting, Board of Directors, Nominating Committee,  2014 - present
  • African American Leadership Forum, Steering Committee, MN - 2010 - 2012
  • Global Horizons, Inc., MN - 2006 – 2016
  • Urban Leadership Academy, MN - 2002-2003
  • Fellowship Inc. Housing Corporation, Detroit, MI - 1995 -2002
  • Detroit Love, INC. District Council, Detroit, MI - 1998-1999
  • Prevention Network of Michigan, MI - 1994 -2000
  • Benjamin E. Mays Male Academy, Detroit, MI - 1991-1995

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the Study of Black Religion – 2014 - present
  • Harvard School of Higher Education Alumni Class of 2011
  • Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research - 2010 - 2012
  • Institute for Intercultural Communications Faculty – 2009- present
  • Christian Community Development Association – 2007 - 2010
  • Religious Research Review-Journal - 2010
  • National Association of Christian Social Workers – 2007 - 2014
  • Michigan State University Alumni Association - 2002
  • American Evaluation Association - 2001 -2008
  • Council for Family Relations - 1999-2002