PRCongratulations to Wheaton College on naming Dr. Philip Graham Ryken as their new President, succeeding Dr. Duane Litfin. He will begin July 1, 2010. [Here is Wheaton’s official announcement.]

[Watch Dr. Ryken’s announcement to his people here, where he tells the whole story.]

Dr. Ryken, son of Wheaton professor Leland Ryken, joined the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1995, then became the senior pastor in 2000 after James Montgomery Boice went to be with the Lord.

It is hard to overstate what good news this is, making me quite hopeful for the future of Wheaton. The Presidency of a college and graduate school like Wheaton is one filled with great challenges, and we should pray diligently for Dr. Ryken. (If you need some suggestions for how to pray for higher-ed institutions, I’ve found this very helpful.)

Here is some biographical info:


  • Married to Elisabeth (Lisa) Maxwell Ryken (1987)
  • Five children (1993, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004)


  • B. A., Wheaton College (1988)
  • M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary (1992)
  • D.Phil. [in historical theology], University of Oxford (1995) [dissertation on Thomas Boston]

Boards and Councils


When I am not playing with my kids, I enjoy shooting hoops, reading writers like Marilynne Robinson and Shusaku Endo, and pondering the relationship between Christianity and American culture.

Selected Books

Here are some of the books he has published:

On Christ and Culture

Bible Resources

Commentaries in the Reformed Expository Commentary Series
Commentaries in the Preaching the Word Commentary Series

Other Books

Here’s a TGC video of Dr. Ryken explaining what he believes an evangelical is:

And here’s a TGC video of him expounding 2 Timothy 1:13-2:13:

Phil Ryken Session 3 from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.