Dr. Mark Jobe began as Moody’s 10th president in January. We are rejoicing at the Lord’s provision of a visionary Christian leader to shepherd Moody Bible Institute in the years ahead. The son of missionaries, he grew up in a rural village in Spain. At age 17, he left to attend MBI. After experiencing culture shock, he considered leaving Chicago after graduation but was challenged by a pastor’s words: “If we reach the city, we are reaching the nations.”
For the past 32 years, Dr. Jobe has served as the lead and founding pastor of New Life Community Church in Chicago. He and his wife, Dee, have seen the church grow from a handful of people to some 7,000 people meeting at 27 locations throughout the Chicagoland area and in eight cities internationally.
Mark and Dee Jobe have been married 32 years and have three adult children. Dr. Jobe (’84, ’98) and his son Josiah (’16) are MBI graduates, where they found a solid foundation in Bible and theology balanced with practical ministry experience. “Moody Bible Institute is filled with people who want to make a difference for Christ and who keep evangelism at the forefront.”
Dr. Jobe is the author of Unstuck: Out of Your Cave and Into Your Call (Moody Publishers) and the host of Straight Talk, a program heard on Moody Radio. God has captured his heart with a vision for the future of Moody’s education and media ministries. “I know this ministry in the heart of Chicago has the power and ability and potential to impact not only Chicago but the world in some incredible ways.”
He recalls the example of founder D. L. Moody. “I look at this place and I think, This place was started 132 years ago by a simple man who loved Jesus and could barely pronounce Jerusalem. He loved to reach people who were far from God. His heart was full of a simple faith that said, I want to reach as many people with the gospel as possible.”