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Mark Vowels

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Division Chair, Division of Ministries
School of Religion



  • MA, Intercultural Studies, Columbia International University
  • MA, Theology, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University


  • Bible Doctrines (Bi 350)
  • Contextualization for Ministry (STh 710)
  • Cross-Cultural Discipleship (CCS 306)
  • Gospel in a Multicultural World (Min 400)
  • Missions Internship (CCS 399)


Mark Vowels combines practical experience and a biblical missions philosophy in his teaching. He has devoted his life to missionary service and pursues that calling both in and out of the classroom. Before coming to BJU, Vowels served as a cross-cultural church planter among Hispanics in Florida. Through ministry to a congregation that featured more than a dozen nationalities, Mark learned to adapt his communication and service to individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds. During his years in Florida, Mark also traveled repeatedly to Cuba and eventually attempted to gain access to that country as a resident missionary.

When circumstances prevented the Vowels from fulfilling their goal of missionary service in Cuba, Mark accepted a request from his missionary agency to serve in their administration. For the next four years, Mark developed a short-term program for the agency, made numerous trips to observe and interact with missionaries on the field, and preached in churches across America. In 2000, Mark was tasked by BJU to inaugurate their Office of Missions which oversees all of the missionary activities of the University, including mission teams, mission internships and the annual Missions Emphasis Week.

In addition to these organizational responsibilities, Mark teaches missions and Bible courses on the undergraduate level. His classroom lectures are backed by consistent immersion in current missions research and continued visits to mission fields around the world to teach and counsel missionaries. To date, Mark has visited approximately 40 countries. In addition to his activities at BJU, Mark serves on the board of directors for Biblical Ministries Worldwide and on the advisory board for IBM Global. His goal is to experience Christianity personally, passionately and purposefully for the glory of God, and to use his interactions with students both in and out of the classroom to encourage them to do the same.