Mark Blackwelder Ph.D. Intercultural/International Communication Office: GC 108E
Phone: 731-989-6624
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B.A., Biblical Studies, Freed-Hardeman University, 1991

M.Min., Ministry, Freed-Hardeman University, 1992

Ph.D., Intercultural/International Communication, Regent University, 2006

Office Hours

MTWRF: 8:30am - 10:30am

Class Schedule

BIB434 - Seminar for Bible Majors
MWF: 12:30pm - 1:20pm

BIB231 - Preparation and Delivery of Sermons
TR: 2:30pm - 3:50pm

About Mark Blackwelder

Mark Blackwelder is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, where he earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies (1991) and a Master of Ministry (1992). He completed a Ph.D. in Intercultural/International Communication at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia (2006).

Mark has been married for forty-two years to the former Dana Moreland and they have two grown children.

Mark has preached for several local congregations and served with Dana from 1992 to 1997 as full-time missionaries in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since that time he has served as a full-time Bible faculty member and Director of the Graduate School of Theology at Freed-Hardeman University. He currently serves as the Dean of the College of Biblical Studies and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in New Testament, Missions, and Leadership. In addition to his work as one of the ministers at the Estes church of Christ, Mark also conducts gospel meetings each year and presents seminars on missions and church growth.


I have been a student of the scriptures since I was a little boy. This still stands as my greatest research interest. Additionally, however, I have become impressed by the profound impact of culture on the interpretation and teaching of the scriptures, especially in varied cultural contexts. During the time my family spent in Slovakia, I was struck by the challenges of properly contextualizing both myself and my message in a context that was so foreign. This has led to nearly twenty years of informal research as well as a Ph.D in Intercultural/International communication. My doctoral dissertation was entitled Let's Start Talking: An Exploration of a Persuasive Strategy to Influence Religious Beliefs, Attitudes, and Behaviors.

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