Duane Litfin

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Duane Litfin
A. Duane Litfin

(1943-11-14) November 14, 1943 (age 76)
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (evangelical)
Congregations served
First Evangelical Church, Memphis
Academic background
Alma mater
InfluencesJ. I. Packer[1]
Academic work

A. Duane Litfin (born 1943) is an American academic administrator and evangelical minister. He was the seventh president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Early life and education[edit]

Litfin was born on November 14, 1943. He holds an undergraduate degree in biblical studies from the Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University) and a master's degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. His two doctoral degrees are from Purdue University (communication) and Oxford (New Testament). He came to Wheaton in 1993 from Memphis, Tennessee, where he served the First Evangelical Church as senior pastor. Prior to that, he was an associate professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also taught at Purdue University and Indiana University. Litfin has authored several books and his writings have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals.


His most recent book, Paul's Theology of Preaching, published in 2015, explores the Apostle Paul's vision of Christian ministry. An article in the SoMA review[2] discusses some of the more controversial aspects of his tenure at Wheaton.

Litfin was succeeded as president on July 1, 2010, by Philip Ryken, formerly senior pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and a 1988 graduate of Wheaton.[3]


  1. ^ Kent Hughes, R. (May 2007). Disciplines of a Godly Man. ISBN 9781433518638.
  2. ^ Chignell, Andrew (January 13, 2010). "Whither Wheaton?". Somareview.com. Society of Mutual Autopsy. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "Phillip Ryken Named New President of Wheaton College". Church Report. Christy Media. February 20, 2010. Archived from the original on February 21, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
Academic offices
Preceded by
J. Richard Chase
President of Wheaton College
Succeeded by
Philip Ryken