Mark E. Jensen

Teaching Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology

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 concentrations in Religious Leadership in Food, Health, and Ecology, is the faculty liaison for the joint degree in counseling, leads the school’s travel course to Nicaragua in partnership with AMOS Health and Hope, and works with WFUSD’s Baptist Commons.  Jensen is a Certified Educator with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and serves as a Chaplain Supervisor in the Division of FaithHealth at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Jensen has served on the Executive Committee of the Forsyth FoodWorks, a regional food policy council, and on the Advisory Council of the Forsyth Community Gardening Association.

School of Divinity faculty member Mark Jensen


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

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
  • Trauma and Resilience in Care of Persons and Communities
  • 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
  • Keynote Address, June 2018, Second Harvest Food Bank “Setting the Table” event
  • “More Than Crumbs” – Presentation for Faith and Justice series at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Supervisor, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE)



Phone: 336.758.4025

Office: Divinity and Religious Studies Building 303A

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