Mark Scandrette is an author, speaker, activist and networker among innovative Christian leaders. His books include FREE: Spending Your Time and Money On What Matters Most (IVP 2013), Practicing the Way of Jesus (InterVarsity Press 2011), Soul Graffiti (Jossey-Bass 2007) and Belonging and Becoming: Creating A Thriving Family Culture (with Lisa Scandrette). He is a contributing author to other books including, The Gospel After Christendom (Baker 2012) An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Baker 2007) and The Relevant Church (Relevant 2005). Mark is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice based in San Francisco (, where he leads an annual series of retreats, Learning Labs and projects designed to help participants integrate the teachings of Jesus into all aspects of life through shared practices and intentional community experiments. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Mission District of San Francisco. 

Mark has extensive background in church leadership and community-based organizations. He graduated from the Bemidji State University with a degree Applied Psychology (with an emphasis in family and community health), studied theology at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and received training as a spiritual director at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California. He frequently speaks and guest lectures at universities, churches and seminaries and at conferences nationally and internationally. He has been influenced by teachers and mentors that include Dallas Willard and Fr. Richard Rohr. 


  • Development of 9 Beats, a spiritual formation curriculum based on the beatitudes. (2015-16) 
  • Development and execution of a One-year group spiritual formation processes & curriculum used by ReIMAGINE for 10 years. (2005-2015)
  • Development of a contextualized neighborhood-based intentional Christian community with monastic vows and practices. (2006-2010)
  • Development and execution of Leadership Cohort programs for Emerging Church and non-profit Leaders (Terruño) and Bay Area Youth Workers (The Leadership Dojo) (2009-2013)
  • Leading intensive city-based learning opportunities for students and adults. (1998-Present)
  • Facilitating experience-based spiritual formation retreats for students and adults (2005-present)
  • Designing and organizing regional and national conferences for church and ministry leaders (The Y.S/Emergent Conference, The Emergent Gathering, Soularize, Emergent Theological Forums, Leadership Network Young Leader Regional events). (2001-2007)
  • Hosting salons and forums on various theological topics and social issues. (2002-2015). 
  • Creating arts-based spiritual formation paths including gallery shows and public mural installations. (1999-Present)
  • Providing coaching and spiritual direction to ministry leaders and lay people. (2005-Present).


2000- Present     ReIMAGINE!: A Center for Life Integration

Co-founder/ Executive Director

2010-2011        Conspire Magazine, Consulting Editor

2002-2004        Lakeside Ethnic Ministry Center, Oakland, CA 


2003-2004        Lakeside Baptist Church, Oakland, CA


1998-2000        Organic Church Project in San Francisco sponsored by

the N.C.B.C. (a district of the Baptist General Conference) 

Church Planter

1995-1997        Emmanuel Baptist Church, Virginia, MN

Associate Pastor of Children, Youth and Families, 

1993-1994        St. Louis County Social Service

Family Therapy Unit Intern

1991-1995        Child Evangelism Fellowship, North Eastern, MN

 Regional Director, Teacher & Trainer

1990-1991        Living Word Lutheran Church, Eagan, MN

 Youth Minister

1990            Marie Sandvik Center, Minneapolis, MN    

Teacher & Urban Ministry Director    



    Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Simplicity Intensive. June 2016

    Fuller Theological Seminary. Doctoral Course. Adjunct faculty. October. 2015, 2013

    Fuller Theological Seminary. Doctoral Department Consult. February 2012

    Warner College, Portland Oregon. Formation program consultation. April 2011

    Westmont College Urban Program, San Francisco. Guest Lecturer. 


    Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership,         Berkeley, CA. (Adjunct faculty) See courses below:

        Young Adult Ministry in the 21st. Century. Seven week continuing             education course. Fall 2009

        SOUL GRAFFITI book based course. Four week continuing education.             Fall 2008

    Bakke Graduate University, Doctoral Program. Lectures on Emerging Culture &         Urban Ministry, February 2008, January 2009

    Western Theological Seminary, Holland Michigan. Journey Group Cohort         with George Hunsberger. April 2008



    Pepperdine University, February 2016

    San Francisco State University February 2015

    UC Davis IVF January 2015

    Cal State San Marcos November 2014

    James Madison University November 2014

    Southern Methodist University IVFOctober 2014

    Columbia University September 2014

    Urbana/Champaign IVF March 2014

    Franklin College March 2014

    Erskine College March 2014

    Marquette University IVF February 2014

    Seattle University, February 2014

    East Texas Baptist University, January 2014

    Rutgers University, IVF, January 2014

    Columbia University IVF, January 2014

    Warner Pacific University, November 2013

    George Fox University, November 2013

    UT Austin Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. November 2013

    Fuller Doctoral Course teaching. October 2013

    Pacific Coast Theological Society. October 2013

    Rochester University, Chapel October 2013

    Utah Valley University, Guest Lecture September 2013

    Anderson University, Chapel September 2013

    George Fox University. Chapel and guest lecture. Spring 2013

    Life Pacific College. Chapel and guest lecture. Spring 2013

    St. Mary’s College. Guest Lecture. Winter 2013

    La Sierra University. Chapel. Winter 2013

    Simpson University. Chapel and guest lectures. Spring 2012

    Friends University, Wichita, KS.  Student Chapel & Apprentis program.  Fall 2011

    William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA,  Fall 2011

    Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Spring 2011 & 2009

    Vanguard University, City Immersion, 2008-2011

    Northwest Nazarene University, Spring 2011

    Warner College, Portland, OR,  Spring 2011

    Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, Student Chapel Winter 2008 



    Belonging and Becoming: Creating A Thriving Family Culture. IVP 2016

    FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matter’s Most. IVP 2013

    Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love. IVP 2011

    The Gospel After Christendom. Baker 2012

    Soul Graffiti: Making A Life in the Way of Jesus. Jossey-Bass 2007.

    An Emergent Manifesto of Hope. Baker Books 2007

    The Relevant Church: A New Vision for Communities of Faith. Relevant Books         2004

    Community of Kindness: A Refreshing New Approach to Planting and Growing a         Church. Steve Sjogren & Rob Lewin. Regal 2003




    Becoming the Beloved. Conversations Journal. Fall/Winter 2014

    Finding Healing in Community. Conversations Journal. Fall/Winter 2012

    When You’re Undermined. Leadership Journal, Summer 2011

    Learning to Fly. Conspire Magazine, Spring 2011

    Money, Community and God’s Abundance. Conspire Magazine, Summer 2010

    Not Feeling It. Conspire Magazine. Winter 2010

    There Are Four ways to Deal with Life. Regeneration Quarterly, July 2000


    A New Kind of Christianity, Brian D. McLaren. HarperOne. February 2011

    The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time. Tom         Sine.     IVP February 2008

    Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures.         Eddie     Gibbs & Ryan K. Bolger. Baker November 2005

    The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation & Mission for the 21st Century. Alan         Hirsch and Michael Frost. Hendrickson July 2003

I.Am.Relevant: A Generation Impacting Their World With Faith. Dan Haseltine.         Relevant Media June 2002


    Praxis Gathering. Washington, DC. September 2016.

    Eastlake Church, Seattle February 2016

    Willow Creek’s The Practice Gathering January 2016

    The Orchard Community, Aurora, IL January 2016

    Trinity Grace Chelsea, New York. December 2015

    Areopagos Festival, Denmark. June 2015

    SGM Lifewords Global staff retreat June 2015

    Faithanomics Conference May 2015

    Faith Forward Chicago April 2015

    City Church San Francisco March 2015

    California Episcopal Diocese February 2015

    Willard Center at Westmont January 2014

    New Ventures West December 2014

    Willow Creek Church November 2014

    Western Christian Educators Conference October 2014

    Wild Goose Festival June 2015

    Renovare National Conference March 2014

        Plenary speaker and workshops

    Apprenctis Institute October 2014

        Workshop and intensives

    The Inhabit Conference April 2014


    Trinity Grace UWS, New York January 2014

        Sunday teaching

    Compassion International Speakers Retreat, November 2013

        Retreat leader

    Wild Goose Festival, August 2013

        Various Workshops

    Mennonite National Meeting, July 2013


    Church of Christ Christian Education Conference January 2013

        Plenary speaker and workshops

    Urbana ‘12. St. Louis Missouri. December 2012

        Workshop Presenter

    Formation in Christlikeness Conference with Dallas Willard and James Bryan Smith, Wichita, KS, September 2011

        Workshop Presenter

    Korsvei Festival, Seljud, Norway July 2011

        Workshop Presenter

    SommerOase Festival, Denmark, July 2011

        Plenary Presenter, Workshop Leader

    Big Tent Christianity. Pheonix, AZ February 2011 

        Plenary speaker, Workship Presenter

        Stage response to Marcus Borg        

    The Inhabit Conference. Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. April 2011

        Plenary Speaker, Panelist, workshop presenter

    The Unleashed Conference, San Jose, California. March 2011

        Plenary Speaker, panelist with Margaret Feinberg & Len Sweet

    Episcopal Village Mission Event West, Portland, OR, June 2010

        Plenary Presenter/ Workshop Leader

    The Jesus Center, Annual Fundraising Dinner, Chico, CA 2007

        Featured Presenter

    Sapere Artists Retreat, Nashville, TN,  2008

        Plenary Presenter along with Charlie Peacock, Amy Grant, David Wilcox & David Kinnaman

    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

        Family groups formation consulting. 2011

        Men’s Summit, Asilomar Conference Center, March 2008

        Plenary Speaker

        Small Group Leader Training, 2007

        Sanctuary Service Preaching 2005-2007        

    Youth With A Mission, Mission Adventures Leaders’ Retreat, Vancouver, B.C.         2009 

        Retreat Leader

    Youth With A Mission, Discipleship Training Schools, San Francisco 2009         & Tijuana, 2008

         Lecturers on the Spiritual Disciplines

    The New Conspirators Conference, Seattle, WA, 2008

        Workshop leader, plenary panelist

    U.S. Center for World Missions Perspectives Courses, 2000-Present

        Lecturer (Lessons 3, 10, 11 & 12)



1994-1997        Bethel Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity Program

1991-1993        Bemidji State University, B.A. Applied Psychology, 

            emphasis in family and community health. 

1988-1990        University of Alabama, Liberal Studies


    Wisdom Tradition Doctoral Course w/ Fr. Richard Rohr, 2013

    The Emergent Theological Conversation with Musa Dube, Richard Twiss & Colin         Greene, Atlanta, GA 2010

    The Emergent Theological Conversation with John Caputo and Richard Kearny         Eastern University, 2007

    Private Contemplative Retreat with Richard Rohr, N.T. Wright and Brennan         Manning. Nassau, Bahamas 2007.

    The Emergent Theological Conversation, with Walter Brugemann Decatur, GA         2004

    Spiritual Director’s Institute Year 1. Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA 2003-2004

    The Emergent Theological Conversation with Stanely Hauerwas at Duke Divinity         School, 2003

    The Terra Nova Project, Forum on Post-Modern Hermeneutics with Dallas Willard         and Nancy Murphy. Fuller Theological Seminary. 2001

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