Dr. Mark Wootton: Professor of Church Ministries
July 25, 2013
Dr. Mark Wootton joined the Central Bible College (now Evangel University) faculty to teach church ministries courses in 2000. Prior to teaching, Wootton served as a church planter in Ohio and as a lead pastor in Arizona and Missouri.
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and raised in Cambridge, Ohio, Dr. Wootton attended Central Bible College and graduated with a degree in Bible in 1980. He also holds a master’s in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Dr. Wootton met his future wife, Joy (Davis), as a student at CBC, and they have been married for 34 years. They have four children and six grandchildren. In his free time, Dr. Wootton enjoys being active — especially biking, walking and fishing (he says he is trying to like golf).
Why did you make the switch from pastoring to teaching?
I was asked to teach a ministry class at Western Bible College while I was pastoring in Arizona. I enjoyed helping coach younger ministers in their journey. Eventually, I wanted to do it full time and a position opened at CBC for me.
What were you involved in as a student at CBC?
As a student I was involved in intramural sports, Delta Chi (a campus service organization) and senior class president. Through these activities, I learned practical leadership skills and the value of relationships.
What was it like to come back to CBC as a professor?
It was an awesome honor to come full circle and be on the teaching end of ministry preparation. Many of the faces had changed, but the mission was still clearly evident.
Why do you enjoy working with ministry students?
I enjoy helping students discover and prepare for the ministry to which God has called them, and I am looking forward to the new relationships to be developed among the consolidated faculty and students.
What sets apart the School of Theology and Church Ministries at Evangel from other universities?
The School of Theology and Church Ministries has the advantage of location and personnel. Being located in the headquarters city of the Assemblies of God gives our students unparalleled access to leaders in missions, discipleship and evangelism. Many of the faculty have decades of practical ministry experience, as well as doctoral degrees, in their areas of ministry. The quality and relevance of an education here will provide a solid foundation for a lifelong ministry, and the friendships made will add stability and purpose to that ministry.
Share your best advice for students.
If you are considering preparation for ministry, get involved in a local church in the Springfield area. Students involved in ministry have an outlet for their training and ask better questions in class. These students also graduate with more experience and references.