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Dr. Kendra Weddle

Department Chair of Religion, Dr. Kendra Weddle, bio picture

Kendra Weddle, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Associate Professor of Religion
Polytechnic United Methodist Church 306

Courses Taught

  • New Testament
  • Ethics
  • World Religions
  • The Meaningful Life
  • Religious Problems and Solutions: Race and Gender
  • Great Religious Minds
  • Women Speaking: Women and Religion and Women and the Bible


Kendra Weddle Irons earned her Ph.D. in Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas (2001). Her specialty is History of Christianity with a focus on contributions of women, especially in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. Her M.A. in Theological Studies was earned at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky (1993) where her Master’s Thesis was titled, “Evelyn Underhill’s Conception of Mysticism and Its Relation to Common Misrepresentations.” Kendra graduated from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, with a B.A. Religion and Philosophy (1989).

Personal Biography 

While not teaching and writing, Kendra enjoys long walks with her chocolate Labrador retriever, Rue; practicing hot yoga, and reading fiction and memoir. She reluctantly admits to watching too many cooking shows and Big 12 football.


  • An author who explores the intersection between religion and feminism, Dr. Weddle’s most recent book is Building Bridges: Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Friends coauthored with Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton and published by Cascade Press, 2018
  • Dr. Weddle coauthored with Dr. Melanie Springer Mock If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood & Becoming All God Means You to Be published by Chalice Press, 2015.
  • “Man, What a Battle!: Facing the Problem of Language as a Feminist Theologian at a Conservative Christian University” was also published in 2015 in Facing Challenges: Feminism in Christian Higher Education and Other Places” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
  • Dr. Weddle is a regular contributor to Christian Feminism Today and has articles published online and in print by The Christian Century.
  • Her first book, Preaching on the Plains: Methodist Women Preachers in Kansas, 1920-1956, was published by University Press of American, Inc. (2007).
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