February 20, 2010
Philip Ryken Named Wheaton's Next President
Officials at Wheaton College announced this morning that Philip Ryken, pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, will become the next president of the college.
Ryken graduated from Wheaton in 1988, and received his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1992 and his doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford in 1995. He became a pastor at Tenth Presbyterian Church in 1995 and became the senior pastor in 2000 after James Boice died. He and his wife Elisabeth have five children.
Most of his books address faith and the Christian life, such as Art for God's Sake, The Doctrines of Grace, and Exodus: Saved for God's Glory. Ryken's blog posts and sermons can be found on The Gospel Coalition's site and Reformation 21.
Ryken's father Leland Ryken is an English professor at Wheaton who recently wrote The Literary Study Bible with his son. The college is celebrating its 150-year anniversary this year and announced last year that President Duane Litfin would retire this summer.
Editor's note: Christianity Today did not break any embargoes related to this news. CT received notices from three people familiar with the details of this morning's meeting. CT has changed the time of this post (which reflected when the post was started) to the time when the post was published.
Update: The college posted a press release on its website today, stating that Ryken will begin his new position on July 1.