Graduate Spiritual Life


If you haven't discovered it already, you will soon find that Wheaton is more than an educational institution. It offers a meaningful blend of head and heart as people gather to study within the context of Christian community. The Graduate School is a rich mix of men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds, from the U.S. and throughout the world. Within this diversity there is a wonderful thread of faith in Christ Jesus that links us together.

Graduate School Chaplain Rev. Dr. David McDowell

Wheaton College Interim Chaplain Dave McDowellAfter serving Wheaton College admirably as Interim Chaplain in 2014-15, Rev. Dr. David McDowell has been appointed as the Chaplain of the Graduate School (a 15 hour per week position fully dedicated to the Graduate School) on a permanent basis, beginning on September 1, 2015.

Dr. McDowell graduated from Wheaton in 1968 with a B.A. in psychology, and then earned a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Theology and History from Trinity Theological Seminary.  His ministry of more than 40 years has involved three pastorates, including College Church of Northampton, MA, and serving as Assistant Chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Most recently, Rev. McDowell completed his ministry as Senior Pastor of Community Fellowship Church in West Chicago, IL.  His ministry has been characterized by special care for the spiritual needs of young people.  He often speaks of his love for creating an environment where people are challenged to live out the gospel and serve others.

Rev. McDowell comes ideally suited to working at Wheaton as he, his wife Gloria '70, and two of his five children are Wheaton graduates. He also serves as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The College is grateful to God for providing someone who brings wisdom, experience, and passion to serve the Graduate School community.

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