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Friday Five Interview: Philip Ryken

Are Christian colleges adequately preparing students for ministry? We ask the president of Wheaton College.

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Dr. Philip Ryken. He is the president of Wheaton College. Prior to his appointment (2010), Ryken was the pastor of the iconic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He is the author of several books, including Loving the Way Jesus Loves and Grace Transforming. He is a contributor to the Preaching the Word commentary series.

Today we talk to Dr. Ryken about moving from the pastorate to the academy, the future of Christian higher education, and how pastors and scholars should interact.


You recently moved from the pastorate of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church to the presidency of Wheaton College. What has been the biggest adjustment moving from pastor to president?

To be clear, I am still engaged in gospel ministry. From the beginning of my conversations with Wheaton's Presidential Selection Committee, I made it clear that the only kind of college president I could be is one who viewed the presidency ...

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