Fuller Theological Seminary
Chapman “Chap” Clark is professor of the Youth, Family, and Culture Department in the School of Theology and chair of the Christian Discipleship department. He also serves as director of the Student Leadership Project and is the School of Theology’s representative on the executive board of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). On faculty since 1997, he created and directs Fuller’s master’s-level and Doctor of Ministry programs in Youth, Family, and Culture, and oversees PhD students in practical theology who are studying youth and family ministry, youth culture and adolescent development, and “Learning Communities, Education, and Formation.”
A well-known practitioner, adolescent and family scholar, and author, Clark has more than 35 years of experience in direct ministry, including 15 years with Young Life, as well as positions with several churches, Denver Seminary, Youth Specialties, and for seven years, as senior editor of Youthworker Journal. He is currently serving as co-interim preaching pastor for St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California, and is on the teaching team of his local church, Harbor Christian Center in Gig Harbor, Washington. He is also president of ParenTeen and Harbor Hope Services, and continues to work closely with Young Life.
Clark’s extensive publications of books, articles, and videos focus primarily on relationships, development, culture, and the church. Among the books he has authored, coauthored, and edited are Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith (2016), Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: 5 Views (2015), Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers and Hurt 2.0 (2004/2011, a CBA finalist for Book of the Year; 2011), Sticky Faith(2010), Counseling Teenagers (2010), When Kids Hurt: Helping Adults Navigate the Adolescent Maze (2009), Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World (2007), Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others and Right the Wrongs around Them (2007), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006), Teens and Sex: A Leadership Video Curriculum (American Association of Christian Counselors, 2003), From Father to Son (2002), Starting Right: A Practical Theology of Youth Ministry (2001), Daughters and Dads (1998), The Youth Worker’s Handbook to Family Ministry (1997), and Let Me Ask You This: Conversations that Draw Couples Closer (1991). He has also edited and contributed to major youth and family ministry textbooks.