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 51)
Title President of Wheaton College
Spouse(s) Lisa
Children five children
Academic background
Education Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary
Alma mater University of Oxford (PhD)
Thesis  (1995)
Academic work
Discipline Biblical Theology
Main interests Historical 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.




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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