Mark Chung Hearn, Ph.D.

Director of Contextual Education Assistant Clinical Professor of Contextual Education & Ministry

Phone: 206.296.6976

Education

  • 2011, Ph.D., Practical Theology in Religious Education and Spiritual Formation, Claremont School of Theology
    Dissertation: Men and Spirituality: A Study on Gender and Spirituality among Second-Generation Korean Americans
  • 2005, M.T.S., Religion, Personality, and Culture, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
    Thesis: Exploring Western Intimacy and Korean Jung and Its Implications for Korean Americans
  • 2000, M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
  • 1994, B.A., Religion, Point Loma Nazarene University

Teaching Experience

  • 2014-Present, Instructor, Contextual Education and Ministry, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
  • 2014, Instructor, Lay Ministry Academy, Cal-Pac Conference of the United Methodist Church, Claremont, CA
  • 2011-2014, Adjunct Instructor, Practical Theology, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
  • 2013, Instructor, Course of Study, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA
  • 2013, Adjunct Instructor, Religious Education, BLOY House Episcopal School, Claremont, CA
  • 2009-2012, Adjunct Instructor, Asian American Experience, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
  • 2010, Teaching Assistant, Educational Ministry of the Church, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA
  • 2009, Adjunct Instructor, Ethnic Studies, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
  • 2008, Instructor, Lay Ministry Academy, Cal-Pac Conference of the United Methodist Church, Claremont, CA
  • 2008, Adjunct Instructor, Asian American Christian Education, Azusa Pacific Seminary, Azusa, CA
  • 2008, Instructor, Certificate of Ministry Studies Program, Pacific School of Religion and Disciples Seminary Foundation Joint Program, Downey, CA
  • 2007, Adjunct Instructor, Systematic Theology, Azusa Pacific Seminary, Azusa, CA
  • 2007, Teaching Assistant, Educational Ministry of the Church, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA

Selected Conference Presentations

  • 2012, “Constructing the Korean American ‘Man’ through Conservative Christianity, Family, and Sports,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • 2012, “Liberating Men: Empowering Men to Engage Freedom Work,” Religious Education Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA
  • 2012, “Positionality, Intersectionality, and Power: Socially Locating the Higher Education Teacher in Multicultural Education,” Korean Association for Multicultural Education Annual Meeting, Seoul, Korea
  • 2011, “Church as Hybrid Space: The Intersection of Gender, Race, and Spirituality in Second-Generation Korean American Males,” American Academy of Religion Western Region Annual Meeting, Whittier, CA
  • 2007, “Colorblind Racism, Colorblind Theology and Church Practices,” Religious Education Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
  • 2007, “Homework is an Offering to God: A Participatory Action Research Study on Religious Community and Its Effects on Hispanic Educational Success,” Group Paper presented at the Religious Education Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Selected Scholarly Publications

  • “Men and Christian Education.” In Encyclopedia of Christian Education, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Forthcoming, Scarecrow Press, 2015)
  • “Men’s Spirituality.” In Encyclopedia of Christian Education, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Forthcoming, Scarecrow Press, 2015)
  • “Sports and Physical Training.” In Encyclopedia of Christian Education, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Forthcoming, Scarecrow Press, 2015)
  • “Positionality, Intersectionality, and Power: Socially Locating the Higher Education Teacher inMulticultural Education.” Multicultural Education Review (September 2012, Vol. 4, No. 2)
  • “Color-Blind Racism, Color-Blind Theology, and Church Practices.” Religious Education (May-June 2009, Vol. 104, No. 3)

Selected Honors, Awards, and Recognitions

  • Azusa Pacific University, Master Teacher Recognition, 2013
    • Recognized as one of eight Master Teachers by the Academic Quality Task Force of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • United Methodist Church, John Dempster Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2012
    • Highest academic award given by the UMC for intellectual excellence, academic achievement, promise of usefulness in teaching careers, personal qualities, clarity of spiritual purpose, and commitment to Christian ministry and the preparation of pastoral leadership for the church
  • Claremont School of Theology, Presidential Award, 2012
    • Awarded on the recommendation of the faculty during commencement ceremony to the top Ph.D. graduate for academic excellence
  • Claremont School of Theology, Korean Alumni Association Award, 2012
    • Awarded to the top Korean/Korean American graduate who exhibits academic excellence and pastoral leadership
  • Claremont School of Theology, Willis and Dorothy Fisher Award, 2008
    • Awarded to the top student who exemplifies outstanding academic achievement and promise as a teacher of religion and theological studies

Selected Sermons

  • 2013, “God Trusts You Trust God,” Community Church at Holliston UMC, Pasadena, CA
  • 2013, “Are You My Neighbor?” Community Church at Holliston UMC, Pasadena, CA
  • 2012, “We Really Do Need Each Other,” Los Angeles Open Door Church, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012, “You Are the Image of God,” Arumdaun Presbyterian Church, Bethpage, NY
  • 2012, “Picking a Father’s Day Card,” Church of the Foothills UMC, Duarte, CA
  • 2011, “Restoration,” Holy Gate Evangelical Church Youth Group, Big Bear, CA

Selected Work Experiences

  • Director of Volleyball, Girls Volleyball, Westridge School for Girls, Pasadena, CA (2007-2009)
  • Assistant Basketball Coach, Girls Varsity Basketball, Westridge School for Girls, Pasadena, CA (2007-2009)
  • Conference Director, Summer Immersion Program, Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity, Los Angeles, CA (2007)
  • Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA (2006-2007)
  • Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach, Loyola-Chicago University, Chicago, IL (2003-2005)
  • Lead Pastor, Korean United Methodist Church of South Suburban Chicago—English Ministry, Flossmoor, IL (2003—2005)
  • Director of Youth and Children’s Education, Korean United Methodist Church of San Diego, San Diego, CA (2000—2002)
  • Head Coach, Women’s Volleyball, Asbury University, Wilmore, KY (1998-2000)
  • Contemporary Worship Leader, Christian Missionary and Alliance, Lexington, KY (1998-1999)
  • College Pastor, San Diego First Church of the Nazarene, Point Loma, CA (1994-1996)

Personal Bio

Mark Chung Hearn, Ph.D., is a second-generation Korean American and the youngest child of immigrant parents. He grew up in southern California as a “pastor’s kid” in an immigrant, Nazarene church and learned early from his parents to see and serve people and their needs.

Dr. Hearn completed his undergraduate degree and Master of Divinity Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University and Asbury Theological Seminary respectively, as well as acquiring a Masters in Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Religious Education and Spiritual Formation from Claremont School of Theology.

Dr. Hearn wrote his dissertation on the social construction of men and their spirituality, and has presented and published both in the United States and internationally. He has ministered to all ages in ethnic-specific, multicultural, and multiracial contexts throughout the United States as a pastor, educator, director, consultant, contemporary worship leader, speaker, and athletic coach.

His diverse theological, educational, and work experiences have shaped his view of life, faith, and learning. As an evangelical who has attended schools with different theological foci, Dr. Hearn imagines healthy theological and spiritual formation as one that commits to one’s religious and theological roots while opening one’s self to truth in pursuit of the fullness of God. Following John Wesley, he strives to balance personal and social holiness in his life, relationships, and ministry, and desires to live out his vocation to walk with persons and engage the Church to help their local and global communities.

In his free time, Dr. Hearn enjoys playing most sports, listening to jazz, playing a good board game, and spending time with his spouse and daughter.