Duane Litfin

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A. Duane Litfin
A. Duane Litfin

(1943-11-14) November 14, 1943 (age 75)
EducationUniversity of Oxford
OccupationPresident of Wheaton College 1993–2010
Notable work
Conceiving the Christian College
Theological work

A. Duane Litfin (born November 14, 1943) is the former seventh president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Early life and education[edit]

He holds an undergraduate degree in biblical studies and a master's degree in theology from Cairn University (then Philadelphia College of Bible). 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 the 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, Conceiving the Christian College, published in 2004, explores his vision of the unique character of Christian institutions of higher education. A recent article in the SoMA review[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ Chignell, Andrew (January 13, 2010). "Whither Wheaton?". Somareview.com. Society of Mutual Autopsy. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "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