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Famous Wheaton College Alumni

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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?”
  • 1

    Billy Graham

    Evangelist, Film Producer


    BirthplaceCharlotte, 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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  • 2

    John Wesley Powell

    Soldier, Geologist

    AgeDec. at 68 (1834-1902)

    BirthplaceMount 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 and...  more
  • 3


    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    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 past work such as...  more
  • 4

    Robert W. Lane

    Businessperson, Banker


    BirthplaceWashington, 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 company more...  more
  • 5

    Catherine Keener

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    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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  • 6

    Judith Hand



    BirthplaceCherokee, 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 evolutionary...  more
  • 7

    Rob Bell

    Author, Writer



    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, which he pastored...  more
  • 8


    BirthplaceRidgewood, New Jersey, USA

    Alternative NameJeffrey Norling, Jeffrey R. Nordling, Jeffrey Nordling, Jeff Nordling

    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
  • 9

    Bill Gothard

    Author, Pastor



    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 conservative...  more
  • 10

    Wes Craven

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    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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  • 11

    Nate Saint

    Pilot, Missionary

    AgeDec. at 32 (1923-1956)


    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 Huaorani...  more
  • 12

    Dan Coats

    Politician, American football player


    BirthplaceJackson, Michigan, United States of America

    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 the...  more
  • 13

    Elisabeth Elliot

    Public speaker, Missionary



    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 contact with...  more
  • 14

    John Piper

    Theologian, Author


    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    John Stephen Piper (born January 11, 1946) is an American Reformed Baptist continuationist pastor and author who is the founder and leader of and is the chancellor of Bethlehem...  more
  • 15

    Jim Elliot


    AgeDec. at 28 (1927-1956)

    BirthplacePortland, 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
  • 16

    Ed McCully


    AgeDec. at 28 (1927-1956)


    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
  • 17

    Pete Fleming


    AgeDec. at 27 (1928-1956)

    BirthplaceSeattle, 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 the...  more
  • 18

    Jim McDermott

    Politician, Physician


    BirthplaceChicago, 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
  • 19

    Dennis Hastert

    Politician, Lobbyist


    BirthplaceAurora, 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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  • 20

    Josh McDowell

    Public speaker, Author


    BirthplaceUnion 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 Demands a...  more
  • 21


    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, 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 the...  more
  • 22

    Ron Corning

    Newsreader, TV Journalist


    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 anchor...  more
  • 23

    Steve Saint

    Pilot, Writer


    BirthplaceQuito, 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 for his...  more
  • 24

    Bart D. Ehrman

    Professor, Author


    BirthplaceLawrence, 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
  • 25


    BirthplaceMansfield, 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 several...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to Wheaton College and be of some renown.