Mark Lau Branson, Ed.D., is the Homer L. Goddard Professor of the Ministry of the Laity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he teaches courses in congregational leadership and community engagement. He was ordained at San Francisco Christian Center, an African American Pentecostal church, and has served on the pastoral teams in United Methodist and Presbyterian churches. Branson has worked with several Christian agencies active in education, community development, university ministry, and community organizing. He has graduate degrees from Claremont School of Theology and the University of San Francisco. Mark is a consultant with The Missional Network and on the editorial boards of the Missional Practice and the Asian Journal of Religion and Society. He recently completed a 2nd edition of Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry, Missional Engagement, and Congregational Change. Other recent books include Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood (edited with Nicholas Warnes) and (with Juan Martínez) Churches, Cultures and Leadership (May, 2011). Previous publications include Conflict & Context: Hermeneutics in the Americas (edited with Rene Padilla), and chapters in The Missional Church in Context (Craig Van Gelder, ed.), Leadership in Congregations (Richard Bass, ed.), The Three Tasks of Leadership (Eric Jacobsen, ed.), and Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook (Sharon Callahan, ed.).