Peggy Kendall

Job Titles

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


Kendall is a recent Fulbright Scholar who spent time in Poland researching issues related to eldercare. Her current field of study examines caregivers—specifically how culture impacts an individual's willingness to care for an aging relative and how COVID-19 has impacted the relationship between caregiver and elder. Her secondary research and writing focuses on how technology impacts faith, relationships, and identity.

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

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


Fulbright Scholar, 2020


“Well, You Can’t Force Them”: Altercasting in the Home Health Care Context published in Communication Studies in 2019

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 enjoys kayaking, watching old movies, Candy Crush, and watercolor.

Areas of expertise

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