Profiles: Mark Dever

Mark Dever has been the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. since 1994. He is also the President of 9Marks, an organization he founded to help the local church become healthy and sustain that health with Biblical practices. He is regular speaker at Conferences like John MacArthur’s Shepherds Conference, Together For the Gospel, and The Gospel Coalition. 

I often joke with my theology-minded buddies that “Mark Dever is my spirit-animal.” What I mean by that is that there is not a theologian working today whom I think I find more agreement with than Mark Dever. He has been a strong proponent of expositional preaching, even giving perhaps the most helpful definition of it when he said, “Expositional preaching is preaching in which the main point of the biblical text being considered becomes the main point of the sermon being preached.”

Dever’s passion is not only for the Word of God, but how it impacts the local church. After writing his most famous and influential work - 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, he focused his ministry on strengthening local churches. One of the ways he has done this is by writing and preaching on a Biblical view of church membership and church discipline. He is a faithful pastor, expositor, and leader. 

Here are some books from Mark Dever to check out:

9 Marks of a Healthy Church

Any church leader who has not read this book should immediately go to Amazon and purchase it. No clearer picture of what a healthy church looks like exists today. Dever goes back to the example of the New Testament church to show how churches today need to go back to their roots in order to be a healthy and vibrant church. 

Preach: Theology Meets Practice

Dever sheds light on how to preach the Word faithfully. He argues that when the Word is declared properly it can be applied properly by the local church. This is helpful guide for both pastors and church members who are wanting to know what to get out of the Sunday Morning sermon. 

The (Unadjusted) Gospel

This short but helpful read is a love letter to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s also a strong defense of the Gospel and it’s particular nature. It cannot be added to or taken from and remain the Gospel. It defines itself within the context of God’s Word. 

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism

Dever writes about the natural effects of believing the Gospel -sharing it. He shows that it is not about methods or practices but about truth and joy. There are also helpful suggestions to use in personal evangelism. 

**Like when reading any theologians and pastors, a careful eye and critical mind should be used in reading Dever’s writing.**

- Dean

Dean Lentini