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Peggy Kendall

Job Title

  • Professor of Communication Studies
    Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel College - B.A. in Communication, 1983
  • University of St. Thomas - M.A. in Education, 1988
  • St. Mary's University - M.A. in Counseling Psychology, 1997
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

Areas of expertise

Kendall has focused her research and writing on how technology impacts faith. Her current research explores how use of social media by the church impacts the message of the gospel and the role of church leaders.

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Communication
  • Strategic Social Media
  • Advanced Public Speaking
  • Speaking in Ministry Contexts
  • Senior Seminar
  • Health Communication
  • Communication, Technology, and Society
  • Relationships in a Virtual World
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Europe Term Courses: Advanced Group Communication, Intercultural Communication, Language and Culture Area Study, Com, Tech and Society


Reboot: Refreshing Your Faith in a High-Tech World published in 2009 by Judson Press

Youth Ministry in a Technological Age an edited book published by Xlibris in 2011

Connected: Christian Parenting in an Age of IM and MySpace published by Judson Press in 2007

Rewired: Youth Ministry in an Age of IM and MySpace published by Judson Press in 2007

plus various articles and reviews in Youthworker Journal

Hobbies and Interests

Peggy Kendall co-leads the Communication Europe Term every other fall semester. This experience includes 24 students who journey together through Europe to discover how culture, groups, and technology impact individuals and the way they communicate. The semester includes 4 courses in 7 countries over 3 and a half months. Highlights include learning German in Vienna, ministering to high school students in Poland, discussing Bonhoeffer in a castle in Austria, experiencing history in Rome and studying technology in Croatia.