Dr. Jeff Tyler

Professor of Religion, Department Chair
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Jeff Tyler joined the Hope College faculty in 1995. From 2004–2013 he directed the college’s Senior Seminar Program.

Jeff teaches courses on the history of Christianity, including seminars on Medieval monasticism and mysticism, Reformation history and theology, Martin Luther, and the history of preaching. Jeff also offers classes on the American dream, Christian spirituality, Marvel comics, and death and dying. In every course, Jeff explores how people of the past and present express and live out what they believe in a world of dramatic change, acute suffering and enduring hope.

AREAS OF Expertise

Jeff’s scholarship focuses on issues of church and state, society and law, and biblical interpretation in the Middle Ages and Reformation. His publications include Lord of the Sacred City (Brill, 1999) and Jeremiah, Lamentations in the Reformation Commentary Series (IVP Academic, 2018). His articles and essays have explored a wide range of topics, including the legacy of Martin Luther, the place of diversity in Christianity, the role of bishops in the Reformation, the banishment of undesirable people and the impact of The Da Vinci Code.


  • Ph. D., history, University of Arizona, 1995
  • Fulbright Fellow, University of Tübingen, Germany, 1991–1993
  • Master of Divinity, Western Theological Seminary, 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, Hope College, 1982


  • Simon denUyl Summer Fellowship, Hope College, summer 2015
  • Diversity, Leadership, and Service Award, Hope College Office of Multicultural Education, spring 2015
  • Janet L. Anderson Excellence in Teaching Award, Hope College, January 2011
  • H.O.P.E.(Hope Outstanding Professor Educator) Teaching Award as voted by the graduating class of 2001, May 2001
  • Fulbright Research Scholarship, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, January–June 2000
  • Towsley Research Scholars Grant, Hope College, 1998–2001

Outside the College

The world and its problems disappear when Jeff is on a lake fishing. He also enjoys all things history — documentaries, museums, battlefields, castles, cathedrals — and of course, books! When his eyes are tired you may find him reading a comic book (or a graphic novel, as they say today). His wife, Beth is a registered nurse, specializing in hospice and home health. He and Beth have two adult sons. Beth and Jeff love all things Germany and have lived there during his research grants and sabbaticals.

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Dr. Jeff Tyler

Phone Number616.395.7436

Lubbers Hall Room 123 126 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423-3516
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