Faculty Profiles

Kirk Farney office shot

Kirk D. Farney, Ph.D.

Vice President for Advancement, Vocation, and Alumni Engagement;
Assistant Professor of History

On Faculty since 2014
153 Billy Graham Hall

During a successful 26-year career in global banking, Kirk Farney endeavored to cultivate the life of the mind. He pursued ongoing graduate education, requiring systematic study in various fields, in between corporate duties in the financial markets. During the same time, he engaged in active, less formal study during weekends and evenings, and during countless flights around the globe. Additionally, he served within higher education as a board member and frequent classroom lecturer at multiple colleges and universities.

In 2008, he chose to step away from his banking responsibilities to devote the rest of his career to the academy. At that time, he entered full-time graduate work at the University of Notre Dame, going on to complete a Ph.D. in American Religious History. In 2014, Kirk moved into full-time vocational engagement in higher education, coming to Wheaton as a Vice President. While his administrative duties prevent him from spending as much time in the classroom as he would like, Kirk holds faculty rank in the History Department, and enjoys lecturing, writing, and interacting with students. He is passionate about excellence in Christian liberal arts education.

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana | 2016   
Doctor of Philosophy in American Religious History

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana | 2013   
Master of Arts in History
Concentration in American History

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois | 1998   
Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Concentration in Historical Theology/Church History
Recipient of the 1997 Kenneth A. Kantzer Award for excellence in graduate work in Christian History and Theology

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois | 1990
J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management
Master of Business Administration
Concentration in Marketing

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | 1982   
Bachelor of Science in Finance and Agricultural Economics
Honors Graduate

Book: C. S. Lewis in America: Readings and Reception, 1935–1947; Mark A. Noll, with Karen Johnson, Kirk Farney, and Amy Black, contributors. IVP Academic (November, 2023)

Book: Ministers of a New Medium: Broadcasting Theology in the Radio Ministries of Fulton J. Sheen and Walter A. Maier, IVP Academic (June 2022)*

Article: “A [Radio] Tower of Strength: Walter A. Maier, Broadcasting, and Gospel Proclamation,” Lutheran Mission Matters: Journal of the Lutheran Society of Missiology Vol. 26, No. 2 (November 2018)** 

Review Essay: “A Sheen On The Pulpit,” Books & Culture: A Christian Review, May/June 2013

Article: “Bringing Christ to the Nations: Walter A. Maier, The Lutheran Hour, and Global Christian Broadcasting”—Part I, Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Summer 2013***

Article: “Bringing Christ to the Nations: Walter A. Maier, The Lutheran Hour, and Global Christian Broadcasting”—Part II, Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Fall 2013***

* Recipient of 2022 Concordia Historical Institute Award for outstanding major publication

**Recipient of 2019 Concordia Historical Institute Award for outstanding journal article

*** Recipient of 2014 Concordia Historical Institute Award for outstanding journal article

  • American History
  • Christianity and the Great Depression
  • Evangelicalism
  • American Lutheranism
  • American Catholicism
  • Religion and Culture (especially Mass Culture)
  • Religious Broadcasting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • American Historical Association
  • American Society of Church History
  • Concordia Historical Institute
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Organization of American Historians


The Parable of the Speck and the Log | Matthew 7:1-5 (Wheaton College Chapel - 1/31/2024)


Hansen Lecture - February 10, 2022


“At a Time Like This, There Has to Be a Hymn in Here Somewhere”


Declaration Dinner Address