Assistant Professor of Theological and Ministerial Studies
Dr. Mark Jumper, Texan born and raised, is a third-generation Presbyterian minister and pastor, and a retired United States Navy chaplain with 24 years of service with the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. He and his wife have seven children. Jumper came to Regent in 2014. He prays to combine biblical faithfulness, positive Reformed theology, and Holy Spirit energy to equip students for dynamic service in all God's world.
Jumper's professional background includes regional and national leadership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and national leadership with the Military Chaplains Association. He served as a consultant to Coast Guard Headquarters for ministry design and media projects, and to Headquarters Marine Corps, designing and providing a Warrior Transition Program for combat veterans, about which he was invited to give Congressional testimony.
He recently trained military chaplains in Ukraine. His works-in-progress include Chaplaincy Handbooks: A Biblical, Evangelical Resource (as one of three General Editors); and Presbyterian Prophet: J. Rodman Williams, Theologian of Holy Spirit Renewal.
Military Chaplains Association: Distinguished Service Award: Coast Guard Chaplain of the Year 1998; Military: Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Presidential Unit Citation, Hurricane Katrina
Academic Papers (Personal Interests):
"Jus Post Bellum (Justice After War): Contours of Construction," Ph.D. dissertation, Salve Regina University
“England Rising: A 16th Century Reformation Zeitgeist," Research paper, Salve Regina University
“Hope and Despair in Twentieth Century Satire Novels: Using Francis Schaeffer’s ‘Line of Despair’ as an Analytical Tool," Research paper, Salve Regina University
“Trauma, Pain, and Response Among Characters Found in Works of Great Writers," Research paper, Salve Regina University
"Healings We Didn't Mention: Historical Antecedents of Presbyterian Reunion," Research paper, 1992—10th anniversary of Presbyterian reunion
"The Holy Spirit and the Church," Research background for Evangelical Presbyterian Church position paper
"The Holy Spirit Outside the Church," Ordination paper, Presbytery of South Mississippi
“The Ethics of Automotive Safety," Research paper, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Presbyterians North and South: How Close?" Senior thesis, Oral Roberts University
"Politics in the Southern Presbyterian Church," Political Science paper, University of Missouri, Columbia
Books and Media:
Serving Those Who Serve: Chaplains with the U.S. Coast Guard. Booklet, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2001
Serving Those Who Serve: Chaplains with the U.S. Coast Guard. Video, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2001
Articles for Wars of Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict, ABC-CLIO (2015): The Battle of Alarcos; The Battle of Chamkaur; The Battle of Cresson; The Battle of Kappel; The Camisard Revolt; Decretists; Mars, God of War; Wounded Knee
Articles for Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism, ABC-CLIO (2015): The Bible Presbyterian Church; Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland; Halverson, Richard
Book Review, "Pebbles in My Boots," The Military Chaplain, 2011
"Post-War Preaching," Journal for Preachers, 2007
"Worship: An ETERNITY Focus vs. Traditional or Contemporary," Hope EPC Gleanings, 2007.
"The Reformation's Revolution in Worship," Hope EPC Gleanings, 2007
"The Warrior Transition Program," The Navy Chaplain, 2004
"Tending Toward: Alternate Formations Among Charismatic Congregations That Tend Toward Denominational Functions." Presentation at the annual Southwest Region conference of the Evangelical Theological Society, Fort Worth, TX, 2014
"Clergy and Social Worker Cooperation." Continuing education for social workers association, Skokie, IL, 2012
"Warrior Transition." Plenary presentation at symposium, Called to Service: Military Chaplaincy for the 21st Century at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 2004
"The Marine Corps Warrior Transition Program." Testimony as Project Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Health, 2004
Commander, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired); Evangelical Presbyterian Church: Ordained Teaching Elder; Evangelical Theological Society; Military Chaplains Association; Naval War College Foundation.