Professor of Theology, President
On Faculty since 2010
Dr. Philip Graham Ryken ’88 began serving as Wheaton’s eighth president in July 2010.
A Wheaton native and the son of longtime Wheaton professor Dr. Leland Ryken and Mary Graham Ryken, President Ryken attended Wheaton as an undergraduate, majoring in English literature and philosophy. He met his wife, Lisa, during their first few days at the College, and they were married before their senior year.
Dr. Ryken earned a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford. Dr. Ryken returned from England to join the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1995, becoming the senior minister when Dr. James Boice died in 2000 and remaining there until his appointment at Wheaton.
President Ryken has published more than 30 books, including The Message of Salvation (InterVarsity, 2001); City on a Hill: Recovering the Biblical Pattern for the Church in the 21st Century (Moody Press, 2003); Ryken's Bible Handbook, with Leland Ryken and Jim Wilhoit (Tyndale, 2005); Art for God's Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts (P&R, 2006); and expository commentaries on Exodus, Jeremiah, Luke, and other books of the Bible.
The Rykens have five children: Josh, Kirsten, Jack, Kathryn, and Karoline.