Thomas S. Kidd

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Church History
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Thomas S. Kidd serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Church History at Midwestern while continuing to serve as the James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History at Baylor University. Kidd serves the Midwestern Seminary community by commuting from Waco, Texas, to Kansas City, Mo., for doctoral seminars and to instruct graduate and doctoral students in the discipline of history both in classroom and in conference settings.

Kidd began his teaching career at Baylor in 2002 after completing a Ph.D. in history at the University of Notre Dame, where he worked with historian of religion George Marsden. He also earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Clemson University in South Carolina.

In addition to his professorship in history, Kidd is the associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor, and he has authored numerous books including American History, vols. 1 and 2 (B&H Academic, 2019), Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2017), American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths (Yale University Press, 2016), Baptists in America: A History (with Barry Hankins, Oxford University Press, 2015), George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2014), Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots (Basic Books, 2011), God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution (Basic Books, 2010), American Christians and Islam (Princeton University Press, 2008), and The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America (Yale University Press, 2007).

Kidd has written for media outlets including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and he also blogs at “Evangelical History” at The Gospel Coalition website. In the classroom, Kidd teaches courses on colonial America, the American Revolution, and American religious history.

He and his wife, Ruby, have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua. The Kidds attend Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, where Dr. Kidd teaches Sunday school.

Local Church:

Highland Baptist Church, Waco, Texas