Dr. Mark Robert Laaser
1950 – 2019
It is with deep sadness that we take note of the passing of Mark Laaser on September 27th after a long battle with multiple myeloma. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, October 23 at 10:30 am at Westwood Community Church in Excelsior, Minnesota.
Mark was a pioneer in the study of sexual addiction. At a time when discussions about sexuality within the Christian community were almost entirely limited to matters of sexual ethics, Mark’s experience and scholarship led him in a different direction. He published his first book about sexual addiction in 1996 (Faithful and True, Zondervan). It was characterized by the kind of rigorous honesty about his own journey that is the product of disciplined self-examination, confession and making of amends — all core elements of 12 step spiritual practice. His trauma-centric approach to understanding sex addiction has helped many people experience freedom from the body hostility and the moralistic reductionism that shape our culture’s normative response to problems like sex addiction.
Mark taught a class on sexuality at Fuller for a number of years which was very well received by students. In addition to teaching at Fuller, Mark was the Director of the Institute for Healthy Sexuality of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Executive Director of Faithful and True Ministries
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