Meet Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson Mark Jackson
Professor & Chair of Children, Youth & Family Studies
Director, Center for Community Engagement

B.A., Whitworth College
M.A., Gonzaga University
M.N.M., Regis University

Courses Taught: Models for Programming, Philosophy & Practice of Ministry, CYFS Practicum, Field Experience and Service Learning Practicum

Biography: Mark Jackson serves as Professor & Chair of Children, Youth & Family Studies and Director of the Center for Community Engagement at Trinity Lutheran College. He teaches courses in youth and family program planning, service learning, and organization administration.

Mark’s professional experience includes church-based programming for children, youth, young adults, and families, as well as volunteer service with a number of nonprofit organizations.  He develops resources for the Service And Learning Leadership Team (SALLT) Project, an initiative to train youth ministry leaders in creating meaningful service and mission experiences with youth.  He has authored or contributed to several published works, including Encyclopedia of Christian Education (Scarecrow Press, 2014), Digging In: A Leader’s Guide for Service Learning (ELCA World Hunger, 2013), The Youthworker Journal (Sept/Oct 2010), Dialog: A Journal of Theology (Winter 2008), and The Lutheran Handbook II (Augsburg Fortress, 2007). Mark also serves as a frequent speaker, workshop leader, and consultant in the areas of service learning, youth leadership, faith formation, and long-range planning for youth ministry.

Mark’s educational background includes a B.A. in Business Management and Certificate in Leadership & Church Management from Whitworth College, an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Gonzaga University, and an M.N.M. (Nonprofit Management) from Regis University. 

Mark lives in Lake Stevens with his wife, Colette, and two young sons. He loves to travel and is especially interested in medieval church architecture and the relationship between art and faith.