Dr. Philip Ryken


Dr. Philip Ryken is the President of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois

Dr. Philip Graham Ryken '88 (D. Phil., Oxford University) was the senior minister of Philadelphia's historic Tenth Presbyterian Church when Wheaton's Board of Trustees unanimously approved his election. He had served at Tenth Presbyterian Church in various capacities since 1995, when he was called to preach under James Montgomery Boice, the senior pastor at that time. After Dr. Boice's death in 2000, Dr. Ryken became the church's senior minister, at 33 years of age. He was the twelfth pastor of the church in its 180-year existence.


A Wheaton native and the son of longtime Wheaton professor Dr. Leland Ryken and Mary Graham Ryken, Philip Ryken attended Wheaton Christian Grammar School, Wheaton North High School, and Wheaton College, graduating in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in English literature and philosophy. He met his wife, Lisa, during new student orientation, and they were married before their senior year.


After graduating from Wheaton, the Rykens moved to Philadelphia so that Dr. Ryken could continue his studies at Westminster Theological Seminary. He earned his master of divinity degree while working as a youth director at Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. The Rykens became acquainted with Tenth Church by listening to Dr. James Boice's sermons each Sunday on the radio as they prepared for church.


The Rykens moved to England in 1992, where, in addition to earning a doctorate in historical theology from Oxford University, Dr. Ryken helped plant a Presbyterian church, played small forward on a basketball team that won the British university championship, studied preaching with Rev. Dick Lucas in London, and served a short internship (arranged by Charles Colson and Carl F. H. Henry) with Mr. William Still in Scotland.


The Rykens returned from England in 1995, when Dr. Ryken joined the staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia as an associate minister.


Dr. Ryken enjoys reading writers such as Marilynne Robinson, Shusaku Endo, Patrick O'Brian, and Jane Kenyon. Together he and his son, Josh, started a bimonthly father-and-son book club.


He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and a Board of Trustees member at Westminster Theological Seminary and Wheaton College.


Speaking and teaching around the world, he has lectured at Chongshin University in Seoul, Istanbul Theological Seminary, Regent College in Vancouver, and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has accepted invitations to speak at theology conferences across the United States and in Canada, China, Northern Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, and Ukraine.


Dr. 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.

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