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Dr. Philip Graham Ryken

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Philip Graham Ryken is Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he has preached since 1995. He is Bible Teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College (IL), Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and the University of Oxford (UK), from which he received his doctorate in historical theology. He lives with his wife (Lisa) and children (Joshua, Kirsten, Jack, Kathryn, and Karoline) in Center City, Philadelphia. When he is not preaching or spending time with his family, he likes to read books, play sports, and ponder the relationship between Christian faith and American culture. He has written or edited more than twenty books, including Bible commentaries on Exodus, Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Galatians.


  • 1995 - D.Phil. (Historical Theology), University of Oxford, England
  • 1992 - M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1988 - B.A., English Literature and Philosophy, Wheaton College, Illinois (magna cum laude)

Professional Experience

  • 1995 to present: Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (served as Associate Minister of Preaching prior to 2001)
  • 2003 to present: Bible Teacher, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (speaking weekly on the national broadcast Every Last Word)

Representative Publications

  • The Heart of the Cross, with James Montgomery Boice (Crossway, 1999)
  • When You Pray: Making the Lord's Prayer Your Own (Crossway, 2001; P&R 2006)
  • Jeremiah and Lamentations (Crossway, 2001)
  • The Message of Salvation (InterVarsity, 2001)
  • The Doctrines of Grace, with James Montgomery Boice(Crossway, 2002)
  • My Father's World (P&R, 2002)
  • City on a Hill: The Biblical Pattern for the Church in the 21st Century (Moody, 2003)
  • Written in Stone: The Ten Commandments and Today's Moral Crisis (Crossway, 2003)
  • Give Praise to God, with J. Ligon Duncan and Derek Thomas(P&R, 2003)
  • Galatians (P&R, 2005)
  • Exodus (Crossway, 2005)
  • Ryken's Bible Handbook (Tyndale, 2005)
  • Art for God's Sake (P&R, 2006)
  • "How the Devil Wants to Run Our Churches," byFaith, Issue 7 (January/February, 2006), pp. 48-50
  • "C.S. Lewis as the Patron Saint of American Evangelicalism," in Beyond Aslan: Essays on C.S. Lewis, ed. by Burton K. Janes (Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos, 2006), pp. 69-81
  • Art for God's Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2006)
  • "April 26," Stones of Remembrance 2: Wheaton's Living Stones (Wheaton, IL: Wheaton College, 2006), p. 128
  • "Assured from Beginning to End," in Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace, ed. by Burk Parsons (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2006), pp. 37-51


  • "A Church for the City," Faith Talk (August, 2006)
  • Foreword to Michael F. Ross, The Psalms: A Devotional Guide (Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2006)
  • What Is the Reformed Worldview? Basics of the Reformed Faith (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2006)
  • "Forgive Our Trespasses," Tabletalk (June, 2007)
  • "Preaching that Reforms," in TBA: A Festschrift, ed. by Leland Ryken (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007)
  • 1 Timothy, Reformed Expository Commentary(Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2007)
  • The Literary Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008) [with Leland Ryken]


  • Member, Evangelical Theological Society
  • Member, Union League of Philadelphia
  • Member, Westminster Theological Seminary Board of Trustees
  • Member, Wheaton College Board of Trustees

Personal and Family

  • Born September 29, 1966
  • Married Elisabeth Maxwell (Lisa) June 6, 1987
  • Children Josh (13), Kirsten (10), Jack (6), Kathryn (4), and Karoline (2) - as of 2007