Richard Kyle, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Department: History and Religion

Richard’s goal is to emphasize the importance of religion throughout history and to relate the Christian faith to major historical movements.

He loves the friendly environment of Tabor and the town of Hillsboro. He enjoys seeing his students grow, academically and spiritually, especially on international study trips. Richard has taken over 665 students on 28 trips.

Richard and his wife Joyce have one adult son.


  • The Mind of John Knox. Lawrence, KS: Coronado Press, 1984, pp. 347 + xiv.
  • From Sect to Denomination: Church Types and Their Implications for Mennonite Brethren History. Hillsboro, KS: Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, 1985, pp. 181 + xiii.
  • The Religious Fringe: A History of Alternative Religions in America. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993, pp. 467. (Reprinted in 2013 by Wipp and Stock.)
  • The New Age Movement in American Culture. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1995, pp. 289+ xii.
  • The Last Days Are Here Again: A History of the End Times. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998, pp. 255. (Published in the United Kingdom under the title of Awaiting the Millennium: A history of end-time thinking. Leicester, UK: Inter-Varsity Press, 1998.) Translated by Un-Kyu Pak and published in Korea under the title of A History of End Time Ideas. Seoul, Korea: Christian Literature Crusade, 2007
  • The Ministry of John Knox: Pastor, Preacher and Prophet. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002, pp.235 + vi.
  • Evangelicalism: An Americanized Christianity. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publications of Rutgers University, 2006, pp. 337.
  • Co-authored with P. Goertzen, L. Jost, and D. Peters. Tabor College: A Century of Transformation, 1908-2008. Hillsboro, KS: Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, 2008, pp. 236
  • Co-authored with D. Johnson. John Knox: An Introduction to His Life and Works. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009, pp 208 + xi.
  • Apocalyptic Fever: End-Time Prophecies in Modern America. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012, pp.388.
  • God’s Watchman: John Knox’s Faith and Vocation. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications (forthcoming).
  • Over 90 articles.
  • Over 70 review articles.
  • Over 30 conference/professional papers.


  • Fulbright Scholar, Belarus (2005-2006)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Ukraine (1999-2000)
  • Rothermel Award (2004) (Kutztown University’s distinguished alumni award)
  • Hatboro-Horsham High School Hall of Fame (2003)
  • Kutztown University Athletic Hall of Fame (1992)
  • Dr. Richard G. Kyle Faculty Lecture Series (name of lecture series)
  • Numerous Who’s Who Awards


  • Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton Univ. (1979-80) (post-doctoral study)
  • Ph.D Univ. of New Mexico (1972) History
  • Th.M. Princeton Theological Seminary(1980)
  • M.Div. Denver Seminary (1968)
  • M.A. Temple Univ. (1965) History
  • B.S. Kutztown Univ. (1961)