Biography

Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Since his ordination to the ministry in 1985, Dr. Dever has served on the pastoral staffs of four churches, including a church plant in Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Washington in 1994, Dr. Dever taught for the faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University while serving for two years as an associate pastor of Eden Baptist Church.

Currently, Dr. Dever serves as the president for 9Marks Ministries (formerly The Center for Church Reform, CCR) in Washington, D.C. He also teaches periodically at various conferences, speaking everywhere from South Africa to Brazil to the United Kingdom to Alabama. Feeling a deep burden for student ministry, Dr. Dever often addresses student ministry groups at campuses throughout the country, and has taught at a number of seminaries.

He currently serves as a trustee of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a member of the board of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. From 1995 until 2001, he served on the steering committee for Founders Ministries, a pastoral movement for biblical teaching and healthy church life within the Southern Baptist Convention.  As Guest Senate Chaplain for two weeks in 1995, Dr. Dever opened the daily sessions of the United States Senate in prayer.  He is a member of the American Society of Church History and the Tyndale Fellowship, and he held the J.B. Lightfoot Scholarship at Cambridge University from 1989 to 1991.

Dr. Dever has authored several books including a historical study entitled Richard Sibbes, four editions and two foreign language translations of a booklet entitled Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, and a full-length book of the same title.  Dr. Dever also edited a collection of historic Baptist documents on ecclesiology entitled Polity:  Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life. In 2005 Crossway Books published The Deliberate Church – Building Your Ministry on the Gospel, which was co-authored by Dr. Dever and Paul Alexander.  Later that year and the following year, Crossway published Dr. Dever’s sermons on the New and Old Testaments in two volumes, Promises Kept, and Promises Made.  In 2007 Crossway published Dr. Dever’s What is a Healthy Church? and The Gospel and Personal Evangelism.  More recently Crossway published his 12 Challenges Churches Face and In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement with J.I. Packer.

Additionally, Dr. Dever has a been contributing editor to the Cambridge Papers, and his works have been published in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Christian Arena magazine, the Founders Journal, Leadership Journal, Regeneration Quarterly, Modern Reformation, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Tabletalk, the Disciple’s Study Bible, and Building on a Sure Foundation. He has also contributed an article on John L. Dagg to Theologians of the Baptist Tradition.  More recently, he has contributed to many books including The Compromised Church, Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, Christ and His Church, and Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. He also has articles in Reforming Pastoral Ministry, Why I am a Baptist, and The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century, vol. 1.

Dr. Dever received his Doctor of Philosophy in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University.  He also holds a Master of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  They have two adult children, Annie and Nathan.