A Wheaton native and the son of longtime professor Dr. Leland Ryken and Mary Graham Ryken, President Ryken attended Wheaton as an undergraduate, majoring in English literature and philosophy. He met his wife, Lisa, during their first few days at the College, and they were married before their senior year. The Rykens have five children: Josh, Kirsten, Jack, Kathryn, and Karoline.
Dr. Ryken earned a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford. Dr. Ryken returned from England to join the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1995, preaching there until his appointment at Wheaton.
President Ryken has published more than 40 books, including The Message of Salvation (InterVarsity, 2001), Art for God’s Sake (P&R, 2006), Loving the Way Jesus Loves (Crossway, 2011), and expository commentaries on Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, Luke, and other books of the Bible. He serves as a board member for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Evangelicals.
Dr. Ryken maintains a full schedule of speaking engagements on and off campus. To hear Dr. Ryken's Bible expositions, please visit Every Last Word >>