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Famous Wheaton College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1
    Billy Graham

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    John Wesley Powell

    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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Callie Thorne


    BirthplaceBoston, USA, Massachusetts

    Calliope "Callie" Thorne (born November 20, 1969) is an American actress known for her role as... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Robert W. Lane

    Robert W. Lane

    Businessperson, Banker


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Robert W. Lane, served as Chief Executive Officer of Deere & Company from 2000 to 2009 and... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Catherine Keener

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Judith Hand

    Judith Hand



    BirthplaceCherokee, Oklahoma

    Judith L. Hand is an American evolutionary biologist, animal behaviorist (ethologist) and a... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Rob Bell

    Rob Bell

    Author, Writer



    Robert Holmes "Rob" Bell Jr. (born August 23, 1970) is an American author, speaker and former... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Jeffrey Nordling


    BirthplaceUSA, Ridgewood, New Jersey

    Jeffrey Richard Nordling (born March 11, 1962) is an American actor. He is known for his roles... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Bill Gothard

    Bill Gothard

    Author, Pastor



    William W. "Bill" Gothard, Jr. (born November 2, 1934) is an American Christian minister,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Wes Craven

    Wes Craven

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceCleveland, Area code 216, Ohio, United States of America, United States

    Wesley Earl Craven (August 2, 1939 – August 30, 2015) was an American film director, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Nate Saint

    Nate Saint

    Pilot, Missionary

    AgeDec. at 33 (1923-1956)


    Nathanael Saint (August 30, 1923 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian missionary... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Dan Coats

    Dan Coats

    Politician, American football player


    BirthplaceJackson, Michigan, USA

    Daniel Ray Coats (born May 16, 1943) is an American politician and former diplomat. From 2017... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Elisabeth Elliot

    Public speaker, Missionary



    Elisabeth Elliot (née Howard; December 21, 1926 – June 15, 2015) was a Christian author and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    John Piper

    John Piper

    Theologian, Author


    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    John Stephen Piper (born January 11, 1946) is an American Reformed Baptist continuationist... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Jim Elliot

    Jim Elliot


    AgeDec. at 29 (1927-1956)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Philip James Elliot (October 8, 1927 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Ed McCully

    Ed McCully


    AgeDec. at 29 (1927-1956)


    Theophilus McCully (1927 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian missionary to Ecuador... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Pete Fleming

    Pete Fleming


    AgeDec. at 28 (1928-1956)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Peter Sillence Fleming (November 23, 1928 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian who... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Jim McDermott

    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.... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Dennis Hastert

    Dennis Hastert

    Politician, Lobbyist


    BirthplaceAurora, Illinois, United States of America

    John Dennis Hastert (; born January 2, 1942) is a former American politician who represented... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Josh McDowell

    Josh McDowell

    Public speaker, Author


    BirthplaceUnion City, Michigan

    Joslin "Josh" McDowell (born August 17, 1939) is an Evangelical Protestant Christian apologist... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Christine Todd Whitman


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Christine Todd Whitman (born September 26, 1946) is an American Republican politician and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Ron Corning

    Newsreader, TV Journalist


    Ron Corning (born June 23, 1971) is an American television host most recently at the ABC... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Steve Saint

    Steve Saint

    Pilot, Writer


    BirthplaceQuito, Ecuador

    Stephen Farris Saint (born January 30, 1951) is an Ecuadorian-born business entrepreneur,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Bart D. Ehrman

    Bart D. Ehrman

    Professor, Author


    BirthplaceLawrence, Kansas

    Bart Denton Ehrman (; born October 5, 1955) is an American New Testament scholar focusing on... more on Wikipedia
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    BirthplaceMansfield, Ohio, United States of America

    Sylvia McNair (born June 23, 1956) is an American opera singer and classical recitalist who... more on Wikipedia