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Faculty Profile
Kyle Hughes
History Teacher; History Department Chair
Kyle Hughes serves as the history department chair and has taught history in the Upper School since joining the Whitefield community in 2015. Hughes has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Radboud University Nijmegen. An accomplished researcher in the field of early Christian history, Hughes’ academic work has been published in the international peer-reviewed journals Novum Testamentum and Vigiliae Christianae. He is currently revising his dissertation for publication with an academic press.

On a professional note


Why Christian Education:
Christian education disciples students by cultivating the life of the mind and fostering their love for God and for His purposes in this world. Proceeding from Augustine’s conviction that “wherever truth may be found, it belongs to the Lord,” Christian education has the privilege of mining the riches of both Athens and Jerusalem. While academic excellence is an important part of Christian education, nevertheless its goal is not merely to impart knowledge but to promote habits of learning that will last for a lifetime and to reach beyond students’ minds to their hearts as well. As such, Christian education goes beyond merely teaching a Christian worldview to redirecting students’ desires to the things of God. Christian education is, in my opinion, therefore uniquely able to encourage students to replace the ever-shifting values of this world with a passion for what is true, good, and beautiful.

Why I love teaching:
With respect to teaching history, I am passionate about introducing students to time-tested primary sources and providing nuanced historical, philosophical, and social context for interpreting their message. I desire for my students to earnestly wrestle with the ideas and presuppositions of various thinkers throughout history, and to reflect on how they connect with aspects of the Christian faith. As such, I believe that students’ interactions with various historical actors and texts does not merely provide knowledge but raises questions about virtue and ultimate meaning. It is my privilege to guide students as they develop their own thinking about such issues which, I hope, will last for a lifetime.

On a personal note


About my family:
I met my wife, Karisa, on an InterVarsity Global Project in China. We actually returned on the same project the following summer, but this time instead of just getting to know one another we were a married couple! We have two young children, Aliya and Asher.

Hometown:
Hudson, Ohio