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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 William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr., KBE is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core ...more

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John Wesley Powell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Soldier, Geologist, Explorer John Wesley Powell was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is ...more

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Callie Thorne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Actor Calliope "Callie" Thorne is an American actress known for her role as Dr. Dani Santino on the USA Network series Necessary Roughness. She is also known for past work such as her roles ...more

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Robert W. Lane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Businessperson, Banker 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 Catherine Ann Keener is an American actress. She has been twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as Maxine Lund in Being John Malkovich and Harper Lee in ...more

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Judith Hand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Futurist Judith L. Hand is an evolutionary biologist, animal behaviorist, novelist, and pioneer in the emerging field of peace ethology. She writes on a variety of topics related to ethology, including ...more

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Rob Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Author, Writer, Minister of religion Robert Holmes "Rob" Bell Jr. is an American author and pastor. Bell was the founder of Mars Hill Bible Church located in Grandville, Michigan, which he pastored until 2012. Under his ...more

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Jeffrey Nordling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Actor Jeffrey Richard Nordling is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Jake Manning in Once and Again, Larry Moss in 24, and Nick Bolen in Desperate Housewives as well as various films.

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Bill Gothard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Author, Pastor, Teacher William W. Gothard is an American Christian minister, speaker, and writer, and the founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, notable for his conservative teachings. Among the several ...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 Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven is an American film director, writer, producer, and actor known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films. He is the creator of the A Nightmare ...more

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Nate Saint is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Pilot, Missionary Nathanael "Nate" Saint was an evangelical Christian missionary pilot to Ecuador who, along with four others, was killed while attempting to evangelize the Huaorani people through ...more

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Dan Coats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Politician, American football player, Lawyer Daniel Ray Coats (born May 16, 1943) is an American politician and former diplomat serving as the fifth and current Director of National Intelligence since 2017 under the Trump Administration. A ...more

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Elisabeth Elliot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Public speaker, Missionary, Author Elisabeth Elliot is a Christian author and speaker. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca of eastern Ecuador. She later ...more

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John Piper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Theologian, Author, Pastor John Stephen Piper is a Calvinist Baptist preacher and author who served as Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 33 years. His books include ...more

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Jim Elliot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Missionary Philip James "Jim" Elliot was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of

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Ed McCully is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Missionary Theophilus "Ed" McCully was an evangelical Christian missionary to Ecuador who, along with four other missionaries, was killed while attempting to evangelize the Auca people, through ...more

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Pete Fleming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Missionary Peter Sillence Fleming was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador.

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Jim McDermott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Politician, Physician James Adelbert "Jim" McDermott is the U.S. Representative for Washington's 7th congressional district, serving since 1989. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The 7th District ...more

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Dennis Hastert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Politician, Lobbyist, Teacher John Dennis "Denny" Hastert is an American politician, lobbyist and member of the Republican Party who was the 59th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from ...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 Joslin "Josh" McDowell is a Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer. He is within the Evangelical tradition of Protestant Christianity, and is the author or co-author of some 115 ...more

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Christine Todd Whitman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Politician Christine "Christie" Todd Whitman 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 the ...more

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Ron Corning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Newsreader, TV Journalist Ron Corning is an American television host at the ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas, Texas. He co-anchors the station's morning newscast, Daybreak, and is solo anchor of Midday, the station's ...more

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Steve Saint is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Pilot, Writer Stephen Farris Saint 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 for his own work among ...more

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Bart D. Ehrman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Professor, Author Bart D. Ehrman is an American New Testament scholar, currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a leading ...more

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Sylvia McNair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Singer Sylvia McNair 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 several critically ...more

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Lee Ware is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Teacher Robert Lee Ware, Jr. is an American politician. Since 1998 he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 65th district west of Richmond, made up of Powhatan County and parts ...more

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Jean Fritz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Biographer, Author, Writer Jean Guttery Fritz is an American children's writer best known for American biography and history. She won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's ...more

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Sandra O. Moose is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Dr. Sandra O. Moose is the Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group. She joined the firm in 1968, and has been a Director since 1975, and was a Senior Vice President until 2004.

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Ellen Moran is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Businessperson Ellen Moran served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce under Secretary Gary Locke from April, 2009 to August 2011. She previously held the position of White House Communications ...more

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William Lane Craig is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Writer, Philosopher William Lane Craig is an American analytical philosopher, theologian, and Christian apologist. Craig's philosophical work focuses primarily on philosophy of religion, but also on metaphysics and ...more

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Peter A. Olsson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Peter A. Olsson Peter A. Olsson is an American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and author. He is author of the book, Malignant Pied Pipers of Our Time: A Psychological Study of Destructive Cult Leaders from Rev. ...more

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Elizabeth Drew Stoddard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Elizabeth Drew Stoddard Novelist Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, née Barstow, was a United States poet and novelist

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Todd Beamer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Todd Morgan Beamer was an American software salesman and passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93 which was hijacked as part of the September 11 attacks in 2001. He was one of the passengers ...more

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Cathleen Falsani is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Cathleen Falsani is an American journalist, author and blogger. She is religion columnist who has written for The Orange County Register in Southern California and the Chicago Sun Times. Falsani ...more

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John Nelson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Conductor John Wilton Nelson is an American conductor. Nelson studied at Wheaton College, and later at the Juilliard School of Music with Jean Morel . Nelson was Music Director of the Indianapolis ...more

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Paul B. Henry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Paul Brentwood Henry was a professor of political science and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

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Paul Werner Gast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Paul Werner Gast Geologist Paul Werner Gast was an American geochemist and geologist. He was born in Chicago, and attended Wheaton College, Illinois from whence he graduated in 1952. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia ...more

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Zane C. Hodges is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Zane C. Hodges Zane Clark Hodges was an American pastor, seminary professor, and Bible scholar. Some of the views he is known for include: "Free Grace theology," a view which holds that eternal life ...more

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JD Leman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
American football player

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Chris Denorfia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Baseball player Christopher Anthony Denorfia is an American professional baseball player for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. He previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, ...more

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Dan Antoniuk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Dan Antoniuk Daniel Antoniuk is an American soccer player.

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Joe Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Joe Ritchie Businessperson, Entrepreneur Joseph Ritchie is an options and commodities trader, international businessman, presidential advisor, serial entrepreneur, aviator and father of ten. In 1977 he founded Chicago Research and ...more

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Lanny D. Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Chemical engineer, Chemist, Professor Lanny D. Schmidt is an American chemist, inventor, author, and Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He is well known for his extensive ...more

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Phyllis Busansky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Phyllis Busansky Phyllis Busansky was the Democratic Commissioner of Hillsborough County, Florida from 1989 to 1997. In 1995 she was named a "Public Official of the Year" by Governing magazine, She ran ...more

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Bernhoff Dahl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Bernhoff Dahl Writer

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Mary Fickett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Actor Mary Fickett was an American actress, best known for her roles in the American television dramas, The Edge of Night — as Sally Smith, and as Dr. Katherine Lovell — and as Ruth Parker Brent ...more

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Michael Gerson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Michael Gerson Speechwriter, Writer Michael John Gerson is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, a Policy Fellow with the ONE Campaign, a visiting fellow with the Center for Public Justice, and a former senior fellow at the ...more

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Scott Harper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni

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John Ortberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
John Ortberg Author, Pastor, Writer John Ortberg, Jr. is an evangelical Christian author, speaker, and senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California, an evangelical church with more than 4,000 members. ...more

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Wallace Smith Broecker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Wheaton College Alumni
Chemist, Professor, Scientist Wallace Smith Broecker is the Newberry Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and a scientist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He ...more