Mark E. Jensen

Teaching Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology

BA, Houston Baptist; MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Jensen’s PhD work was in Pastoral Care, Psychology of Religion, and Theology, and his current research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of faith, health, food systems, sustainability, and community. He helps lead the concentrations in Well-Being and Religious Leadership (Food and Faith, Faith and Health of the Public), is the faculty liaison for the joint degree in counseling, and leads the school’s annual travel course to Nicaragua in partnership with AMOS Health and Hope. Jensen is a Certified Supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and serves as a Chaplain Supervisor in the Division of FaithHealth at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  He recently received a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina, along with colleagues in Public Health Sciences, to conduct asset mapping on food pathways in Forsyth County.  Jensen serves on the Executive Committee of the Forsyth County Food Consortium, a regional food policy council, and leads a Task Force on International Issues for the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Religious Affiliation

Alliance of Baptists, Ordained and Endorsed/Recognized

Courses Taught

  • The Ministry of Pastoral Care
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Multicultural Contexts for Ministry: Nicaragua
  • Faith, Food, and Health: Intersections in Community
  • Topics in Pastoral Theology
  • Topics in Psychology of Religion
  • Topics in Faith Development

Select Books, Journal Articles, Book Chapters

  • Shattered Vocations (Broadman Press, 1990)
  • “Life Histories and Narrative Theology,” in The Supervision of Pastoral Care, ed. David A. Steere (Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 1989)
  • “Qualitative values in a quantitative world: Changing my mind (a little).” (2001, May 1).  Oates Journal v. 4 [On-line] Available:
  • “Language and Tools for Professional Accountability,” Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy, vol 12, no.1/2, 2002, pp. 113-123.

Select Sermons, Educational Series, and Church Presentations

  • Tennessee Chaplains’ Association
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship North Carolina, Chaplains  & Pastoral Counselors
  • Myers’ Park Baptist Church, Panel on Creation Care
  • Come to the Table Conference (Rural Advancement Foundation International NC)
  • College Park Baptist Church (Greensboro), series on Food and Faith
  • Knollwood Baptist Church (Winston-Salem), series on Food, Faith, and Health

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Supervisor, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE)
  • Forsyth Community Food Consortium