View from the Office of a College President

| March 11, 2015


Philip Graham Ryken is a TGC Council Member and the eighth president of Wheaton College, where he studied philosophy and English literature and met his wife, Lisa. He earned a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford. Ryken returned from England to join the pastoral staff at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church, where he preached for 15 years before becoming Wheaton’s president in 2010. He has published more than 40 books, including The Message of Salvation, Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and expository commentaries on Exodus, Jeremiah, Luke, Galatians, and other books of the Bible. He will preach on “A New Heaven and a New Earth” from Revelation 21:1–22:5 at The Gospel Coalition 2015 National Conference, April 13 to 15 in Orlando.


Your work as a college president involves many different roles and responsibilities. Is there any kind of typical day for you?

Not really. I try to save time as much time as I can in the morning for study, prayer, writing, and preparing to preach and speak. I take appointments the rest of the day. The only commonality [between the days] is that there always seems to be too much to do. (I'm…


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