Dr. Mark Bailey
Dr. Mark L. Bailey came to Dallas Theological Seminary in 1985 as a professor in the Bible Exposition department. In 1997 he was appointed as vice president for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean. In 1999, he was appointed to the role role of Provost. In March 2001, Dr. Bailey was named as the Seminary’s fifth president in its 96-year history. After nineteen years as president, he transitioned to the role of chancellor.
Dr. Bailey received his Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern College (now Arizona Christian University) in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1972; his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, in 1975 and 1977, respectively; and his Doctor of Philosophy in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, in 1997. In December 2006 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University.
For 40 years, his career passions have been theological education and pastoral ministry. In addition to his time at Dallas Theological Seminary, he has served in various pastoral and preaching roles at Palmcroft Baptist Church (Arizona), Community Bible Church (Texas), Faith Bible Church (Texas), and Christ Chapel Bible Church (Texas). He has also led numerous tours to Israel and the Middle East, and has authored such texts as To Follow Him: The Seven Marks of a Disciple and Nelson’s New Testament Survey. His board service includes Bible Study Fellowship, International Alliance for Christian Education, Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, and Word of Life.
Dr. Bailey and his wife, Barby, have been married over 45 years. They have two sons and six grandchildren. Through all, his vision for family and faith is clear: “to lead people to a love for God through the study of His Word. This guides my life, family, involvement at church, and ministry to DTS.".