Mark Dever will give the address during Beeson Divinity School's Commencement and a Service of Consecration. His message is called, "The Purpose of Your Ministry is the Purpose of Your Life and the Purpose of History—God and His Glory," and is based on Rev. 4-5.
Mark Dever is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., where he has served since 1994. A Duke graduate, Mark holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks Ministries and has taught at a number of seminaries. Mark has authored several books and articles, including Discipling, The Compelling Community, and The Church: The Gospel Made Visible. He and his wife Connie live on Capitol Hill, with Connie giving much of her time to creating PraiseFactory, a childrens’ curriculum. They have two adult children.