Mark Lau Branson

Mark Lau Branson is the Homer L. Goddard Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and chair of the Ministry Curricular Area. He teaches courses in practical theology, congregational leadership, and community engagement. He 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. Currently he is part of the leadership team for a new Free Methodist church. 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 books are Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood (with Nicholas Warnes, 2014) Churches, Cultures & Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations (with Juan Martínez, 2011) and Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change (2004). He has also contributed chapters, including: “Religious Leadership for Social Change” in Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook (2013), “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). His article “Interpretive Leadership During Social Dislocation: Jeremiah and Social Imaginary” was published in the Journal of Religious Leadership (Spring, 2009).

Branson is the vice-president of the Institute for Urban Initiatives and a consultant with The Missional Network.