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Dr. Mark McClellan

Dean, Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry
Professor of Theology and Missions


McClellan's career has included work as an educator, administrator, theologian, missionary and attorney. He previously served as professor of theology and missions at Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. He was an associate professor of theology and director of the Arizona campus for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary from 2000-2004.

Prior to his work in higher education, McClellan was a church planter/developer appointed by Southern Baptists' International Mission Board. He served in Central America and Central Asia during his tenure with the IMB from 1983-98. Along with international experience, McClellan is familiar with Oklahoma Baptist programs. In 1998, following his return to the United States, he worked with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma as a church extension specialist, and also as a consultant for creation of the BGCO's Robert Haskins School of Leadership. He has served as a pastor and Hispanic church planter in Arizona and Indiana while working with GGBTS and Boyce College.

McClellan is a frequent conference presenter and speaker. He has written a variety of training materials for missions and evangelism activities, and is co-author of a missiology textbook written in Spanish. McClellan earned a Ph.D. degree in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000. He also earned a master of divinity degree from SWBTS in 1983. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he completed a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Cincinnati in 1971, and earned a juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University in 1977. He practiced law with firms in Arizona from 1978-83 before moving into full-time missions work. A U.S. Army veteran, McClellan was an Infantry Officer from 1971-75 with the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command, based in Latin America, serving as a Ranger with Airborne and Special Forces. He was an operations officer with the 12th Special Forces Group from 1975-77, and was discharged with the rank of Infantry Captain. McClellan and his wife, Cindy, have three sons, Joshua, Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma; Jeremy, a student at OBU; and Jared, associate student pastor and Refuge worship pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla.


B.A., University of Cincinnati

M.Div., Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary

J.D., Oklahoma City University

Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

Systematic Theology

Christian Ethics


Evangelism and Church Growth

Urban Ministry

Biblical Hermeneutics

Christian Philosophy