Navigating Cultural Pivots for the Next Generation w/ Chap Clark

Dr. Chap Clark, a professor of practical theology and youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, offers an encouraging gospel-centered hope to help young people navigate the modern world. Drawing on his extensive experience, Dr. Clark emphasizes the importance of nurturing and healing, the use of different avatars, and engaging life faithfully with Jesus. He also stresses the significance of being present for children, recognizing the power of community, pursuing others with grace, and investing in relationships with kids. By following Jesus’ teachings of love and connection, we can help young people find their identity, community, and faith in an ever-changing world.

Biography: Chap Clark

A well-respected researcher and scholar, Chap has given his life to the well-being of young people as he equips organizations and individuals to have a greater understanding of millennials and Gen Z. Through March 2018, Chap served as professor of Practical Theology and Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Additionally, he served seven years as Vice Provost at Fuller, where he was responsible for regional campuses and strategic initiatives. Before teaching, Chap was on Young Life staff for 15 years as an Area and Regional Director. Other notable positions Chap has held include: Senior Editor of YouthWorker Journal, Senior Pastor at St. Andrew’s, a Sojourner contributing writer and “Red Letter Communicator,” a consulting producer for a reality television production company, and currently President of two nonprofit organizations. The first is ParenTeen™, which helps adults to understand and respond to the developmental needs of adolescents and emerging adults. The second is Institute for Ministry Leadership, which equips local congregations to create a unique leadership institute for recent college graduates. Chap coaches, consults, speaks, trains and encourages communities, schools, parents, churches, and businesses in his roles with IML and Parenteen.

He is also the author/co-author of 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 Adoptive Church.
Chap and his wife Dee, L.M.F.T. and equine-assisted psychotherapist (, have three grown children, five grandchildren, and live in Gig Harbor, WA.

B.A., University of California San Diego (Cum Laude)
M.A., M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph. D., University of Denver

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
Understanding millennials, parenting, culture, adolescent/emerging adult development, coaching, teaching.