Author | Father | Husband

Chap Clark

M.A., M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Denver

As a former pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA, a professor and vice provost at Fuller Seminary, and a 15-year leader on Young Life staff, Chap has given his life to the encouragement and empowerment of young people and those who work with and for them.

Current Projects 

A well-respected researcher and scholar, Chap has given his life to the well-being of young people as he equips organizations and individuals to have a greater understanding of millennials and Gen Z. Through March 2018, Chap served as professor of Practical Theology and Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Additionally, he served seven years as Vice Provost at Fuller, where he was responsible for regional campuses and strategic initiatives. Before teaching, Chap was on Young Life staff for 15 years as an Area and Regional Director.  Other notable positions Chap has held include: Senior Editor of YouthWorker Journal, Senior Pastor at St. Andrew’s, a Sojourner contributing writer and “Red Letter Communicator,” a consulting producer for a reality television production company, and currently President of two nonprofit organizations. The first is ParenTeen™, which helps adults to understand and respond to the developmental needs of adolescents and emerging adults. The second is Institute for Ministry Leadership, which equips local congregations to create a unique leadership institute for recent college graduates. Chap coaches, consults, speaks, trains and encourages communities, schools, parents, churches, and businesses in his roles with IML and Parenteen. He is also the author/co-author of 25 books, including the award-winning Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers, Sticky Faith, Deep Justice in a Broken World, and Adoptive Church. 

Chap and his wife Dee, L.M.F.T. and equine-assisted psychotherapist (www.healingreins.com), have three grown children, five grandchildren, and live in Gig Harbor, WA.

B.A., University of California San Diego (Cum Laude)
M.A., M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph. D., University of Denver 

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
Understanding millennials, parenting, culture, adolescent/emerging adult development, coaching, teaching. 

In Christ, you and I are adopted siblings in God’s household, and we belong to each other, whether we feel vulnerable or dominant. This is the foundational premise of adoptive ministry.

– Chap Clark, Adoptive Church