Dr. Eric J. Kyle was appointed as Director of Contextual Education at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) starting July 1. As a regular member of the faculty, Kyle will administer and adapt a framework for contextual education that is integrated with LSTC’s public church curriculum.
“We are delighted to welcome Eric Kyle to the LSTC faculty,” said Esther Menn, dean of academic affairs. “His education and experience in spiritual formation and community engagement are especially well-suited to LSTC’s public church curriculum. He combines the practical, contemplative and prophetic approaches that will both support and challenge our learning community.”
“I am truly humbled and grateful to become part of the LSTC community. It is inspiring to be joining a group of students, staff and faculty who are deeply committed to working towards change in our churches and in theological education. I hope that I will be able to contribute to this mission as much as I know that I will be benefitting from this work,” Kyle said.
Kyle has been serving as director of the Center for Research, Education and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) and was an associate professor at Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) in Omaha, Neb. He was assistant professor of theology and director of service learning at College of Saint Mary in Omaha and has served in pastoral appointments in the United Methodist Church (UMC). Kyle has taught courses on spirituality, nonviolent peacebuilding, and world religions. He has experience as an instructional designer and technologist. His areas of interest focus on religious education, community engagement and excellence in education.
Kyle holds a doctorate in practical theology in religious education and spiritual formation and a master of divinity from Claremont School of Theology. He also earned a bachelor of science and master of science in mechanical engineering from Texas A & M University. He received the Dove Award for Excellence from NMC, and the R. & M. Roberts Youth Ministry Award from Claremont School of Theology. Kyle has participated in the Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program and is a Promised Member of Ignatian Associates in Omaha. He has co-chaired the Social Justice and Inclusion Council at NMC and the Immigration Action Team at 1st United Methodist Church, Omaha.
He is the author of four books, Educating in the Spirit: Evidence-Based & Theological Foundations for High Impact Educational System (Wipf & Stock, 2019), Spiritual Being & Becoming: Christian & Scientific Views of Human Nature for Spiritual Formation (Pickwick Publications, 2015), Sacred Systems: Exploring Personal Transformation in the Western Christian Tradition (Pickwick Publications, 2014), and Living Spiritual Praxis: Foundations for Spiritual Formation Program Development (Pickwick Publications, 2013).
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