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Mark McCloskey

Job Titles

  • Lead Faculty, Professor
    Transformational Leadership (M.A.), Bethel Seminary
  • Professor
    Ministry (M.A.), Bethel Seminary

Started at Bethel



  • University of South Florida - Ph.D., 2000
  • Bethel Seminary - M.Div., 1987
  • Miami (Ohio) - Sociology-Social Work, 1974

Areas of expertise

Biblical theology of leadership, leadership formation, organizational leadership development, team building, virtue-based leadership, strategic planning


Mark is a graduate of Miami University (B. A) and Bethel Seminary (M. Div.).  He earned his Ph.D. at the University of South Florida in the College of Education, Department of Leadership Development.  His focus of study was organizational leadership, adult education and research and measurement.

Mark came to Bethel Seminary in 1998 to serve as the Dean of the Center for Transformational Leadership.  He is presently lead faculty for the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Professor of Ministry Leadership.  Mark has served on the board of the Christian Legal Society and Christian Conciliation Service of Minnesota, and the Governing Board and Board of Directors of the Urban Leadership Academy.  He currently serves as a national board member for Love INC.  He consults with businesses, churches and non-profit organizations in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning and team building. 

Mark and Dawnelle reside in Arden Hills.  They have two grown children, David (married to Abby) and Kirsten. 

Courses Taught

Introduction to Transformational, Introduction to Business Leadership, Case Studies in Transformational Leadership, Measurement-based Leadership, Leadership Emergence Theory, The Essential Capacities of the Transformational Leader, Self-leadership, Transformational Spirituality, Emotional Maturity and Leadership Effectiveness, Stewardship, Change and the Missional Community, Final Integrative Seminar (MATL), Senior Integrative Seminar. 


McCloskey, M. W. (2014).  Learning leadership in a changing world:  Virtue and effective leadership in the 21st century.  New York: Palgrave McMillan. 

McCloskey, M. W. & Louwsma, J. (2014).  The art of virtue-based transformational leadership.  Minneapolis, The Wordsmith.

McCloskey, M. W. (Spring, 2010).  "The 4R model of transformational leadership," Journal of Business and Educational Leadership.

McCloskey, M. W. (Fall, 2009).  "Virtue as foundational to global business education," Journal of Business and Educational Leadership

McCloskey, M. W. & Taylor, D. (June, 2008).  "How to pick a president," Christianity Today

McCloskey, M. W. (1987).  Tell it often, tell it well.  Thomas Nelson

Certificates and Licenses

MBTI, Gallup Strengthfinder 

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Board Member, Christian Conciliation Service of Minnesota, 1988-1991

Board Member, Christian Legal Society of Minnesota, 1986-1991

Member, Society for Human Resource Management 1992-1997

Member and Elder, Calvary Church, Roseville, MN 1998-present

National Board Member, Love INC 2010-present

Hobbies and Interests

Sports, reading, music, travel