Duane Litfin

A. Duane Litfin
Born A. Duane Litfin
(1943-11-14) November 14, 1943
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Education University of Oxford
Occupation President of Wheaton College 1993–2010
Notable work Conceiving the Christian College

Theological work

Language English

A. Duane Litfin (born November 14, 1943) is the former seventh president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He holds an undergraduate degree in biblical studies and a master's degree in theology from Cairn University (then Philadelphia College of Bible). His two doctoral degrees are from Purdue University (communication) and Oxford (New Testament). He came to Wheaton in 1993 from Memphis, Tennessee, where he served the First Evangelical Church as senior pastor. Prior to that, he was an associate professor at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He also taught at Purdue University and Indiana University. Litfin has authored several books and his writings have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals. His most recent book, Conceiving the Christian College, published in 2004, explores his vision of the unique character of Christian institutions of higher education. A recent article in the SoMA review[1] discusses some of the more controversial aspects of his tenure at Wheaton.

Litfin was succeeded as president on July 1, 2010 by Philip Ryken, formerly senior pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and a 1988 graduate of Wheaton.[2]


  1. Chignell, Andrew (January 13, 2010). "Whither Wheaton?". Somareview.com. Society of Mutual Autopsy. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  2. "Phillip Ryken Named New President of Wheaton College". Church Report. Christy Media. February 20, 2010. Archived from the original on February 21, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
Academic offices
Preceded by
J. Richard Chase
President of Wheaton College
Succeeded by
Philip Ryken
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