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Upcoming Events

Christmas Festival Reception

Wheaton Associates and Blanchard Society members are invited to attend the 2018 Christmas Festival Reception on Saturday, December 18, 2018, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Coray Alumni Gymnasium. Seasonal beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert will be served between the Saturday Christmas Festival performances.

Kindly RSVP by November 30 with the number attending by contacting Christine Guthrie at wheaton.associates@wheaton.edu or 630.752.5925.

Past Events

Wheaton Associates Vision Breakfast

Speaker: Dr. Jeffry C. Davis

On Saturday, October 6th, nearly 200 Wheaton Associates, alumni, and friends gathered together in Coray Alumni Gymnasium for the Wheaton Associates Vision Breakfast. Chloe Zhou ’20 shared about the profound impact that Wheaton’s professors and its partners have played in her spiritual and academic development. Our featured speaker, newly appointed Dean of Humanities, Dr. Jeffry Davis ’83 shared moving reflections on the tremendous power of words, the increasing reliance on technology and resulting devaluation of words, and the overarching importance of the living Word of God. The breakfast program closed with attendees singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Watch the video now.

Wheaton Associates Morning of Celebration Breakfast

Speaker: Dr. David Gieser '71

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, we gathered in Coray Alumni Gymnasium and heard Bayse Peek ’18 share about how a warmth and travel-loving city dweller ended up at Wheaton College and the profound impact that Wheaton and its partners have played in her spiritual and academic development. Our featured speaker, current chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. David Gieser ’71, shared heartfelt and moving reflections on the legacy of Dr. Billy Graham and called all Wheaton Associates to honor the commitment of prayer for every area of this campus, so loved by Billy and Ruth Graham. The breakfast program, viewed for the first time over livestream by Wheaton Associates near and far, was closed with attendees singing one of the great hymns of the church “Just as I Am.”

Wheaton Associates Vision Breakfast

Speaker: Dr. Jerry Root

On Saturday, September 30th we renewed our passion for the mission of Wheaton College and heard from Dr. Jerry Root, Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Wheaton Evangelism Initiative as he shared about Evangelism and the Liberal Arts. Listen now

Jerry Root is a graduate of Whittier College and Talbot Graduate School of Theology at Biola University. He is a Professor at Wheaton College and serving as the Director of the Evangelism Initiative as well as being a Faculty/Scholar Practitioner at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. Jerry also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at the College. He and his wife, Claudia, have four grown children-all of whom are married, and they have thirteen grandchildren.

Wheaton Associates Vision Breakfast

Speaker: Dr. Michael Wilder

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, we renewed our dedication to the mission of Wheaton College and heard from Dean of the Conservatory of Music and Division of Arts and Communication, Dr. Michael Wilder.

Michael Wilder is the Dean of the Conservatory of Music, Arts, and Communication at Wheaton College, as well as the National Association of Schools of Music Interim Chair of the Commission. Dean Wilder received a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. He has served as the Chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and Chair of the Performing Arts Division at Southwestern College. Michael and his wife, Joyce Anne, are the grateful parents of eleven children, three of whom graduated from Wheaton College.

Wheaton Associates Vision Breakfast

Speaker: Rev. Timothy Blackmon

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, we gathered to revive our commitment to the mission of Wheaton College and heard from Wheaton's newest chaplain, Rev. Timothy Blackmon as he shared about the Gift of the Kingdom. Wheaton Associates were also thanked and encouraged by President Ryken as he reflected on the importance of your gifts to the College. Listen now

Wheaton Associates Morning of Celebration Breakfast

Speakers: Chris '90 and Lara Spuck Duininck '90

Duininck family at Wheaton College 2015 CommencementThe Duininck family after Commencement 2015. L to R: Elise Duininck, Grant Duininck, Jeffrey Duininck ’15, Lara Spuck Duininck ’90, Chris Duininck ’90

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, we gathered for breakfast and heard from Chris '90 and Lara Spuck Duininck '90 as they shared about what drew them to Wheaton, how Wheaton shaped them, and why they continue to partner with Wheaton as current parents and through their Wheaton Associates giving.

President Ryken also shared words of gratitude as he explained what value Wheaton Associates hold for Wheaton College.

Wheaton Associates Vision Breakfast

Speaker: Darcie Delzell '98

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, we heard from featured speaker Dr. Darcie Pace Delzell ’98 who has taught in Wheaton’s Mathematics and Computer Science department since 2009. Darcie enjoys applying her love of numbers and algorithms to the architecture of disease. She has embarked on a number of biomedical collaborations, including biostatistical analysis related to Parkinson’s disease, the mental health of HIV patients, and brain imaging techniques.

Wheaton Associates Morning of Celebration Breakfast

Speaker: Susan Kemp

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, we celebrated all that God has done at Wheaton this school year. Susan Kemp, a three-time Wheaton parent, encouraged everyone with her compelling story. 

The Wheaton Associates and Blanchard Society Christmas Festival Reception

On Saturday, December 7, 2013, we hosted a reception between the Christmas Festival Concert performances with seasonal beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts.

Wheaton Associates Vision Breakfast 

Speaker: John Chung '88

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, we renewed our passion for the mission of Wheaton College and its work in the lives of students. John Chung '88, a J.P. Morgan Chase executive celebrating his 25th reunion, spoke on the importance of running the race with endurance.

We also heard the Wheaton College Concert Choir perform "Give Me Jesus" under the direction of Dr. John Trotter.

Wheaton Associates Morning of Celebration Breakfast

Speaker: Kirk D. Farney M.A. '98

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, we celebrated God’s goodness with stories of impact from current Wheaton students. We were also blessed to have as our featured speaker Kirk D. Farney M.A. '98, parent of December graduate Erin Farney '12.

Prayer Requests and Updates

For over two decades, Wheaton Associates have faithfully taken the needs of Wheaton College before the Lord. You stand with us through times of great joy and trial, and for this, we cannot thank you enough.

  • Praise God for the faithfulness of the Wheaton Associates family, which generously gave 72% of last year’s $6.1 million in Wheaton Fund gifts.
  • Please continue to pray for the students who study at Wheaton and then leave to help serve the Kingdom in all arenas of life. Pray for faculty and staff as they serve the mission of Wheaton College daily.

Just as the promise and potential of Wheaton students cannot be measured, we cannot begin to know the full value of what your prayers mean to the life and mission of Wheaton College.

For Promoting and Encouraging