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David Sveen, Ph.D.

Christian Formation and Ministry

Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry
On Faculty since 1997

Phone: (630)752-5282
Email: David.Sveen@wheaton.edu


2004 Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL. Ph.D. in Educational Studies.

1994 Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL. M.A. in Educational Ministries.

1986 DePaul University, Chicago, IL. M.B.A. in Finance.

1978 Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. B.S. in Business/Marketing cum laude.

About David Sveen

As a student in the Wheaton College Graduate School, I was challenged to think differently about faith and practice. The question I wrestled with was to what extent my faith should inform my behavior. Through the care and nurture of the Wheaton College faculty, I came to realize that faith and practice should not be separated. My life changed forever, and today I pose the same question to my students.

I am passionate about developing a new generation of leaders who will lead well in their families, relationships, churches and businesses.

Courses Taught 

  • CE 322 Human Development and Ministry
  • CE 459 Ministry Leadership
  • CE 494 Senior Seminar
  • CFM 514 Culture and Ministry
  • CFM 523 Spiritual Formation III: Leadership

Membership in Professional Societies 

  • Trust Company of Illinois (Director and Vice Chair)
  • Cedarstone (Managing Director)
  • Heska (Director)
  • Cummins Allison (Director)


Leadership development as a non-formal learning experience, with a special interest in leadership emerging out of post-totalitarian cultures, specifically Central and Eastern Europe.

Selected Presentations

Sveen D. (May 2016). Stories of Christian Philanthropy. European Great Commission Collaboration, Prague, Czech Republic

Sveen, D. (November 2015). Integrity in Leadership: How we lead in an un-integrity world. Hungarian Leadership Forum, Budapest, Hungary.

Sveen, D. (May 2015). Assessing Leader Effectiveness: Who you are matters. European Leadership Forum, Wisla, Poland

Sveen, D. (May 2013). Biblical Models of Leadership. European Leadership Forum, Eger, Hungary