Dr. Mark Waters
Director of the Servant Leadership Program
Associate Professor of Religion
Phone: (325) 793-4997
Office: Old Main 110
M.Div., Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., Texas Tech University
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Mark graduated from Texas Tech University in 1980 and later completed M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees in theology, homiletics, and pastoral care at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed additional graduate study in church history and world religions at Baylor. He served as pastor of churches in Texas and Kentucky for 17 years and for another 7 years was the executive director of Just People, Inc., an Abilene nonprofit agency that provides empowerment services for youth and adults in poverty. Mark has additional training in servant leadership learning communities through Ann McGee-Cooper and Associates in Dallas and in leadership and organizational learning through the Society for Organizational Learning in Boston. His research interests include servant leadership, the impact of community on human transformation, theological praxis, phenomenology of religion, and emerging Christianity. Mark currently serves as Assistant Professor of Servant Leadership and Director of the Servant Leadership Center of the Southwest at McMurry University.
Dr. Waters is assisted by a rotating team of co-teachers. The current team consists of:
In addition to the main faculty, nine to ten juniors or seniors who have taken the basic Servant Leadership course and have the necessary leadership skills serve as preceptors for SLD 1310, leading their own groups in 30-hour community projects.
The preceptors have attended leadership conferences in such places as the University of Houston at Clearlake, Texas Women's University, and Baylor University.