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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Wheaton College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Wheaton College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Wheaton College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Wheaton College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Wheaton College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Wheaton College.

A list made up of graduates like Billy Graham and Catherine Keener.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Wheaton College?” and “Which celebrities are Wheaton College alumni?”
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Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Evangelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 100

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

William Franklin Graham Jr. (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became ...more

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John Wesley Powell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Soldier, Geologist, Explorer

Age: Dec. at 68 (1834-1902)

Birthplace: Mount Morris, New York

John Wesley Powell (March 24, 1834 – September 23, 1902) was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific ...more
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Callie Thorne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Calliope "Callie" Thorne (born November 20, 1969) is an American actress known for her role as Dr. Dani Santino on the USA Network series Necessary Roughness. She is also known for ...more
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Robert W. Lane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Businessperson, Banker

Age: 69

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Robert W. Lane, served as Chief Executive Officer of Deere & Company from 2000 to 2009 and retired as the Chairman of the board in February 2010. During his tenure the revenues of the ...more
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Catherine Keener is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, Florida, Miami

Catherine Ann Keener (born March 23, 1959) is an American actress. She has been twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Being John Malkovich (1999) and ...more

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Judith Hand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Futurist

Age: 79

Birthplace: Cherokee, Oklahoma

Judith L. Hand is an American evolutionary biologist, animal behaviorist (ethologist) and a novelist. She writes on a variety of topics related to ethology, including the biological and ...more
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Rob Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Author, Writer, Minister of religion

Age: 48

Birthplace: Michigan

Robert Holmes "Rob" Bell Jr. (born August 23, 1970) is an American author, speaker and former pastor. Bell was the founder of Mars Hill Bible Church located in Grandville, Michigan, ...more
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Jeffrey Nordling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Actor

Age: 56

Birthplace: Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States of America

Jeffrey Richard Nordling (born March 11, 1962) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Jake Manning in Once and Again, Larry Moss in 24, Nick Bolen in Desperate Housewives, and Gordon ...more
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Bill Gothard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Author, Pastor, Teacher

Age: 84

Birthplace: Illinois

William W. "Bill" Gothard, Jr. (born November 2, 1934) is an American Christian minister, speaker, and writer, and the founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). His ...more
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Wes Craven is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: USA, Cleveland, Ohio

Wesley Earl Craven (August 2, 1939 – August 30, 2015) was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor. He was known for his pioneering work in the genre of horror films, particularly ...more

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Nate Saint is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Pilot, Missionary

Age: Dec. at 33 (1923-1956)

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Nathanael Saint (August 30, 1923 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian missionary pilot to Ecuador who, accompanied by four others, was killed while attempting to evangelize the ...more
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Dan Coats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Politician, American football player, Lawyer

Age: 75

Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan, USA

Daniel Ray Coats (born May 16, 1943) is an American politician and former diplomat. From 2017 to 2019, he served as the Director of National Intelligence in the Trump administration. A member of ...more
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Elisabeth Elliot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Public speaker, Missionary, Author

Age: 92

Birthplace: Belgium

Elisabeth Elliot (née Howard; December 21, 1926 – June 15, 2015) was a Christian author and speaker. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary ...more
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John Piper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Theologian, Author, Pastor

Age: 73

Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee

John Stephen Piper (born January 11, 1946) is an American Reformed Baptist continuationist pastor and author who is the founder and leader of desiringGod.org and is the chancellor of Bethlehem ...more
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Jim Elliot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Missionary

Age: Dec. at 29 (1927-1956)

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Philip James Elliot (October 8, 1927 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the ...more
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Ed McCully is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Missionary

Age: Dec. at 29 (1927-1956)

Birthplace: Iowa

Theophilus McCully (1927 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian missionary to Ecuador who, along with four other missionaries, was killed while attempting to evangelize the Auca people, ...more
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Pete Fleming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Missionary

Age: Dec. at 28 (1928-1956)

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Peter Sillence Fleming (November 23, 1928 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize ...more
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Jim McDermott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Politician, Physician

Age: 82

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

James Adelbert McDermott (born December 28, 1936) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Washington's 7th congressional district from 1989 to 2017. He is a member of the ...more
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Dennis Hastert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Politician, Lobbyist, Teacher

Age: 77

Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, United States of America

John Dennis Hastert (; born January 2, 1942) is a former American politician who represented Illinois's 14th congressional district from 1987 to 2007 and served as the 51st Speaker of the United ...more
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Josh McDowell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Josh McDowell Public speaker, Author, Writer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Union City, Michigan

Joslin "Josh" McDowell (born August 17, 1939) is an Evangelical Protestant Christian apologist and evangelist. He is the author or co-author of over 150 books. His book Evidence That ...more
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Christine Todd Whitman ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Politician

Age: 72

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Christine Todd Whitman (born September 26, 1946) is an American Republican politician and author who served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey, from 1994 to 2001, and was the Administrator of ...more
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Ron Corning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Newsreader, TV Journalist

Age: 47

Ron Corning (born June 23, 1971) is an American television host most recently at the ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas, Texas. He co-anchored the station's morning newscast, Daybreak, and was solo ...more
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Steve Saint is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Pilot, Writer

Age: 68

Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador

Stephen Farris Saint (born January 30, 1951) is an Ecuadorian-born business entrepreneur, pilot, and author. He is known for being the son of Nate Saint, a famous missionary pilot, as well as ...more
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Bart D. Ehrman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Professor, Author

Age: 63

Birthplace: Lawrence, Kansas

Bart Denton Ehrman (; born October 5, 1955) is an American New Testament scholar focusing on textual criticism of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, the origins and development of early ...more
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Sylvia McNair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Singer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Mansfield, Ohio, United States of America

Sylvia McNair (born June 23, 1956) is an American opera singer and classical recitalist who has also achieved notable success in the Broadway and cabaret genres. McNair, a soprano, has made ...more