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Chap Clark

Pastor, Head of Staff

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Chap Clark is lead pastor at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. Through March 2018, Chap has served as chair of Christian Discipleship department and professor of Practical Theology and Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition, for seven years Chap was also Vice Provost at Fuller responsible for Regional campuses and Strategic Initiatives. Before teaching, Chap was on Young Life staff for 15 years as an area and regional director. He has been the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal, and president of ParenTeen™, a nonprofit organization helping adults understand and respond to the developmental and spiritual needs of adolescents and emerging adults. Chap is the author or co-author of numerous articles and 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 the 2016/2018 respectively ECPA’s Book of the Year finalist for “Ministry Resources” Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith, and Adoptive Church: Creating an Environment Where Emerging Generations Belong.

Chap and Dee, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (, have three grown children and three granddaughters.

B.A. (Communications) University of California, San Diego, 1977
M.A. (Theology) Fuller Theological Seminary, 1980
M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary, 1988
Ph.D. University of Denver, 1996
Human Communications Studies
Emphases: Organizational Leadership, Human development, Attachment