The Rev. Mark Chung Hearn, Ph.D.

Mark Hearn

Associate Professor and Director of Contextual Education
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
M.T.S., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology

Curriculum Vitae


Mark Chung Hearn is a second-generation Korean American and the youngest child of Korean immigrants. He grew up in southern California as a “pastor’s kid” in an immigrant, Nazarene church and learned early from his parents to see and serve people and their needs.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Claremont School of Theology in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Religious Education and Spiritual Formation. He also holds degrees from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (MTS), Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Point Loma Nazarene University (BA).

His book, Religious Experience Among Second Generation Korean Americans (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), probes the social construction of Korean American men and their spirituality. He has published articles on critical religious education and antiracism, sports and spirituality, and pedagogy. He has presented domestically and internationally at various conferences and has ministered in ethnic-specific and multiracial churches throughout the United States. He has worked as an educator, pastor, consultant, and athletic coach and is an minister of the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church. He loves to play ball sports and board games, hike, read, watch Korean dramas, and spend time with his family.

Why I Teach:

I am drawn to the wonderful and mysterious series of unfolding events in teaching that offer to shape all those involved in the process. Teaching and learning has the potential to enliven and awaken people and systems to their fullness. It is transformative; it is relational. I teach specifically in theological higher education because it forms the Church and helps to birth it anew as it also calls me over and again to be faithful to the witness of good news in my teaching and in the world. I have had the gift of studying with many life-giving teachers throughout my own educational journey and while every educator, including myself, brings our unique set of capacities, sensibilities, and personalities, I do share their deep concern that a ministry of teaching can be a fulfilling vocation and one that helps to transform realities.

Courses Taught:

  • Field Education I
  • Field Education II
  • Preparation for Theological Field Education
  • Continuing Praxis in Theological Field Education

Selected Past Courses (previous institution):

  • Internship and Integration I and II
  • Ministerial and Theological Reflection I, II, and III
  • Community, Culture, and Justice
  • The Spirituality of Asian American Leadership

Selected Publications:

  • “Ministry and Formation through Multiple Pandemics: How a Clergyperson Ministers in Higher Education.” Invited author. Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry. February 2021, Vol. 41, No. 1.
  • “Learning as Seeing and Naming: Intersectionality and Theological Field Education.” Forthcoming chapter in Matthew Floding and Sung Hee Chang’s (eds.), Enlighten: Learning in Theological Field Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2020.
  • Co-authored with Deborah H.C. Gin, “Why You Do What You Do: The Power in Knowing and Naming Pedagogies.” Teaching Theology and Religion. January 2019, Vol. 22, No. 1.
  • “Considerations for Religious Education in Light of White Normativity.” Religious Education. November 2018, Vol. 113, No. 4.
  • “Review of Pedagogical Peculiarities: Conversations at the Edge of University Teaching and Learning, edited by Emma Medland, Richard Watermeyer, Anesa Hosein, Ian M. Kinchin and Simon Lygo-Baker.” Teaching Links: Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. September 14, 2018. https://www.wabashcenter.
  • “Review of Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis, edited by Kwok Pui-Lan, Cecelia Gonzalez-Andrieu, and Dwight N. Hopkins.” Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society. December 2016, Vol. 43, No. 2.
  • Religious Experience among Second Generation Korean Americans. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • “Men and Christian Education.” In Encyclopedia of Christian Education, Vol. 2, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015: 788-90.
  • “Spirituality, Men’s.” In Encyclopedia of Christian Education, Vol. 3, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015: 1199-1201.
  • “Sports and Physical Training.” In Encyclopedia of Christian Education, Vol. 3, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015: 1204-5.
  • “Positionality, Intersectionality, and Power: Socially Locating the Higher Education Teacher in Multicultural Education.” Multicultural Education Review. September 2012, Vol. 4, No. 2.
  • “Color-Blind Racism, Color-Blind Theology, and Church Practices.” Religious Education. May-June 2009, Vol. 104, No. 3.

Recent Presentations:

  • “Faculty of Color Luncheon.” Guest panelist. American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 2019.
  • “Plenary Session: Beyond White Normativity: Creating Brave Spaces.” Guest speaker. Religious Education Association, Washington DC, November 2018.
  • “Leading Up to the Los Angeles Unrest: Context and Dynamics of Korean and Black Relations.” Guest lecturer for Communicating for Social Justice course in Communications Department. Seattle University, Seattle, WA, May 2018.
  • “Plenary Session: Creating the Commons, Living the Tensions: Ignatian Tools for Our Times.” Guest panelist. Seattle University Mission Day, Seattle, WA, April 2018.
  • “Stories of Pain and Hope: On Immigration.” Guest speaker. Federal Way UMC, Federal Way, WA, March 2017.
  • “Figuring It Out: A Junior Faculty-Administrator’s Emerging Journey.” Presenter. Academics Relations Committee. American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
  • Religious Experience among Second Generation Korean Americans. Book presentation and panel discussion. Korean North American Theology group. American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
  • “‘From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces’: Working through Microaggressions in Religious Education.” Presenter. Religious Education Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2016.
  • “Understanding Korean American Men.” Guest lecturer for Asian American and Pacific Islander Women course in Ethnic Studies Department. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, February 2015.
  • “Gratitude.” Guest lecturer. Rev. Louis Gaffney Chair Research Project. Seattle University, Seattle, IL, November 2014.
  • “Constructing the Korean American ‘Man’ through Conservative Christianity, Family, and Sports.” Presenter. Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society group. American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 2012.
  • “Liberating Men: Empowering Men to Engage Freedom Work.” Presenter. Religious Education Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2012.
  • “Model Minority.” Guest presenter. Asian Pacific American Student Organization, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, October 2012.
  • “Positionality, Intersectionality, and Power: Socially Locating the Higher Education Teacher in Multicultural Education.” Presenter. Korean Association for Multicultural Education, Hanyang University Seoul, Korea, May 2012.