Mark Rennaker

Division Chair

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Leadership and Followership Studies



 Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Mark A. Rennaker is Chair of the Division of Leadership and Followership Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. He served 30 years in faith-based and non-profit leadership roles at local, regional, and national levels. He has also served a variety of leadership roles during more than 15 years of higher education experience. He teaches a variety of courses including research methods, ethics, followership, and organizational behavior.

Research Interests

Dr. Rennaker regularly presents on leadership, followership, and higher education topics at national and international academic and professional conferences, including the International Leadership Association’s Annual Global Conference. Certified with Ira Chaleff’s Followership Train the Trainer program, he has multiple research interests including servant-leadership, trust, followership, and human resource development. He consults with organizations and speaks at various events. He has authored/co-authored books on the economic context of pastoral ministry and followership. He has published articles on a variety of topics including servant leadership, employee resilience, spiritual formation in the higher ed. context, and organizational network analysis.


  • Ph.D. - Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Development
    2008, Regent University
  • M.Div - Classical Generalist and Leadership Studies
    2003, Bethel University
  • M.A. - Ministerial Education
    1996, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • B.A. - Christian Ministry
    1990, Indiana Wesleyan University
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