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Dr. Mark Simpson

Coordinator of Online Learning and Professor of Religious Studies

BA, Spring Arbor College; MACE, Denver Seminary; MA, DePauw University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Simpson has served as a professor and administrator of online learning and accelerated degree programs for over 20 years. His primary areas of instruction are in the fields of Christian education, leadership and management, and research design. He is also a Certified Online Instructor. His academic studies have also included taking short-term courses at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Simpson has had the honor of not only studying under but working alongside noted Christian educators such as Dennis Williams, Warren Benson, Ted Ward, and Linda Cannell. He views his students as ministry colleageus, and has even had the privilege of working with several of them as fellow faculty members and administrators.

Developing online learning programs has been a focus of Dr. Simpson’s academic career. While teaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as Gaines S. Dobbins Professor of Leadership and Church Ministry he was instrumental in designing the first Internet-enhanced Ed.D. in Leadership degree approved by The Association of Theological Schools. He has also taught online courses for Rockbridge Seminary, and designed and taught online courses for Clear Creek Baptist Bible College. Dr. Simpson’s academic career has involved teaching campus courses at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. He has also served as supervisor of numerous theses and dissertations.

Dr. Simpson is the author and co-author of several journal articles, including “Learning in Online Community: A Model of Doctrate Level Internet-Enhanced Education,” “Ministry in a Digital World: Establishing a Multidimensional Web Presence,” and “Tech Etiquette is Just Common Sense,” in the Common Ground Journal. He has also written book chapters on “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Programs,” “Policies and Procedures as Planning Tools,” and “Preparing Job Descriptions” for Management Essentials for Christian Ministries by Michael Anthony and James Estep. Dr. Simpson has also contributed the book chapter, “Christian Education in the Small Church” for Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the Twenty-First Century edited by Michael Anthony.

In addition to academic writing, Dr. Simpson has served for 11 years as the webmaster and copy production editor for the online Common Ground Journal. In 2014 he will become Senior Editor of the journal. He also has helped others publish academic works through his online company EDCOT (Education with Digital Courseware and Online Technologies).

Additional professional contributions include having served on the Board of Directors of the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE), and presenting several workshops on online learning at NAPCE and CONNECT annual conferences as well as to various ministry organizations.

Dr. Simpson is an ordained baptist minister and enjoys serving as a Christian education consultant in addition to teaching in Christian higher education. He also volunteers as an eSpotter for the National Weather Service. His hobbies include web design, working with the iPad, and vacation planning and visiting Walt Disney World with his family.

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