Dever, Mark

deverMark Dever is an Alliance Council Member and 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, the second being a church he planted in Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Washington in 1994, Dr. Dever taught for the faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University while serving two years as an associate pastor of Eden Baptist Church.


Dr. Dever serves as the executive director for 9Marks Ministries (formerly The Center for Church Reform, CCR) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Dever 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.  He has also taught at a number of seminaries, including Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.

Dr. Dever 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. He also 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. The Deliberate Church - Building Biblically in a Haphazard Age, co-authored by Mark Dever and Paul Alexander, will be published in 2005. 

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. Dr. Dever 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 has 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.