Denver Seminary Elects New President

  • Mar 5, 2009

PR-Dr Mark Young

Littleton, CO - Mark S. Young, Ph.D., has been elected the seventh president of Denver Seminary by the Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Young's appointment by the Trustees follows a search by a presidential search advisory committee and the unanimous decision by the Board to accept the recommendation of the committee.

A 10-member presidential search advisory committee, chaired by Trustee Kirk Douglas, selected Young as the final candidate from a pool of over 100 candidates. The committee included four trustees, three faculty members, one staff member, one student and one paid consultant. Their decision to recommend Dr. Young for the position of President to the Board was unanimous.

Dr. Young succeeds Pastor Gordon MacDonald, who was appointed Interim President in July 2008, following the resignation of Dr. Craig Williford.

Dr. Mark Young is a theological educator and pastoral leader with 26 years of global ministry experience in academic programs (both formal and informal), local churches and parachurch organizations.

"We are very excited about the appointment of Dr. Mark Young," states Kirk Douglas, chairman of the Board of Trustees. "He brings a unique sense of mission which is very reminiscent of Drs. Vernon Grounds and Thomas Carey. He has a heart to equip men and women to think biblically, live faithfully and lead wisely."

"We are also honored to have Interim President Gordon MacDonald come alongside the Board in this process," continues Douglas. "It would not have gone the way it did without him, and we are thankful for his blessing in this development."

Until the official start of his term in July, Dr. Young will complete his service as Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he has served since 1995, and as Senior Executive Pastor of Missions at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he has served in a variety of roles since 2001.

Prior to his work at Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. Young was the founding academic dean of Biblijne Seminarium Teologiczne, the first evangelical seminary in Wroclaw, Poland. Dr. Young has also taught in seminaries located in Asia, Africa and Europe. In 2008, ministry assignments took him to India, Thailand, China, Lebanon, Mozambique, United Kingdom, Albania and Russia.

At the presentation of the new president to the Board, Administrative Committee, Chancellor and Interim President, Pastor MacDonald prayed that "God's blessing to continue the legacy of Chancellor Dr. Vernon Grounds and the mission of the school" will be realized through Dr. Young's service.

"It is a tremendous honor to have been given this vote of confidence by the Denver Seminary Board of Trustees," Young states. "It is humbling to be asked to build on the legacy of Dr. Vernon Grounds and the line of presidents who have served Denver Seminary before me, and my prayer is that I, along with the Board, Administrators, Faculty and Staff will rally together to continue the work of taking God's Word into the World."

Dr. Young earned his Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He received his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Marshall University. He specializes in the areas of mission theology and the theology of church and culture. He and his wife Priscilla have been married 28 years; they have three young adult children - Ben, Bonnie and Christian.

More information about Dr. Young and Denver Seminary's presidential search process, including other articles and a video of the announcement, can be found online at

About Denver Seminary - Denver Seminary seeks to glorify God by equipping leaders to think biblically, live faithfully and lead wisely for a lifetime. Founded in 1950, Denver Seminary is an interdenominational, evangelical graduate seminary serving men and women from around the world. In its 58 year history, the seminary has gained the reputation as one of the top 20 schools in size among accredited, graduate-level seminaries in the U.S. and Canada and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Currently, more than 900 students are enrolled in the seminary's Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Ministry degree programs. For more information about Denver Seminary, please visit