Philip Ryken

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Philip Graham Ryken
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Philip Ryken in front of the pulpit of Tenth Presbyterian Church, 2010.
Born (1966-09-29) September 29, 1966 (age 52)
TitlePresident of Wheaton College
Childrenfive children
Academic background
EducationWheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (PhD)
Thesis (1995)
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical Theology
Main interestsHistorical theology

Philip Graham Ryken (born September 29, 1966) is the eighth and current president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.


Ryken received a B.A. from Wheaton College in 1988, with a double major in English literature and philosophy. He also completed a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1992, and a PhD in historical theology from University of Oxford in 1995.

Professional life[edit]

Ryken is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He joined the pastoral staff of historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1995 and was elevated to the position of senior minister upon the death of James Boice in 2000.[1] In February 2010, the Board of Trustees at Wheaton College announced his selection as the college's eighth president, succeeding the retiring Duane Litfin.[2][3] Ryken took office on 1 July 2010 and was formally inaugurated on 17 September 2010 at Edman Chapel.

He is a member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, serving as a member of the Alliance Council, which features his expository preaching on its weekly national radio and internet broadcast, Every Last Word.[4]


He has written over thirty books on a wide variety of Christian subjects, including:

  • Art for God's Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts
  • Written in Stone: The Ten Commandments and Today's Moral Crisis
  • The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel with James Montgomery Boice and R.C. Sproul
  • Discovering God in Stories from the Bible

Ryken has also coauthored a series of commentaries on individual books of the Bible with R. Kent Hughes. Ryken and his father, literary scholar Leland Ryken, have collaborated to produce a study Bible, and the father-son team worked with James Wilhoit to write Ryken's Bible Handbook, which focuses on the literary genres and styles in each book of the Bible.

Personal life[edit]

Ryken is the son of Christian literary scholar and Wheaton professor, Leland Ryken. Ryken met his wife, Lisa, while the two were students at Wheaton. They were married after their junior year. The couple have five children, and reside in Wheaton. He is known to enjoy waterskiing, basketball and poetry.



  • Ryken, Philip G. (2001). The Message of Salvation: by God's grace, for God's glory. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-830-82404-5. OCLC 48123211.
  • ——— (2001). Jeremiah and Lamentations: from sorrow to hope. Preaching the Word. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-581-34167-6. OCLC 44885114.
  • ——— (2002). The Doctrines of Grace: rediscovering the evangelical Gospel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-581-34299-4. OCLC 48550967.
  • ———; Boice, James Montgomery (2002). Jesus on Trial. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-581-34401-1. OCLC 48649754.
  • ———; Thomas, Derek W. H.; Duncan III, J. Ligon (2003). Give Praise to God: a vision for reforming worship : celebrating the legacy of James Montgomery Boice. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8755-2553-2. OCLC 52587635.
  • ——— (2005). Galatians. Reformed Expository Commentary. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing. ISBN 978-0-875-52782-6. OCLC 58720713.
  • ——— (2006). Art for God's sake: a call to recover the arts. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5963-8007-3. OCLC 61684233.
  • ———; Ryken, Leland (2007). The Literary Study Bible: ESV: English Standard version, containing the Old and New Testaments. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-581-34808-8. OCLC 123284869.
  • ———; Davis, Jeffry C., eds. (2012). Liberal arts for the Christian life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-433-52394-6. OCLC 793539869.
  • ———; Davis, Jeffry C.; Wilson, Todd A. (2012). Pastors in the Classics: timeless lessons on life and ministry from world literature. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. ISBN 978-0-801-07197-3. OCLC 729346781.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Duane Litfin
President of Wheaton College
Religious titles
Preceded by
James Montgomery Boice
Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church
Succeeded by
Liam Goligher