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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.
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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