Marion E. Wade Center

The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College (Illinois) is a special research collection of papers, books, and manuscripts, primarily relating to seven authors from the United Kingdom: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and George MacDonald, as well as C. S. Lewis's wife, the poet Joy Davidman. The center is named after Marion E. Wade, founder of ServiceMaster Corp.

The Wade Center serves primarily as a research center, attracting scholars from around the world. It holds at least one copy of every book written by the Wade authors, plus books, articles, and other materials about the various writers. It holds the world's fullest collection of the writings of Dorothy L. Sayers, including 30,000 pages of letters and documents both published and unpublished. For some of the Wade authors, collections of family documents are also available.

The Center's museum features memorabilia and changing displays about the authors from its collection of books, letters, manuscripts, and artifacts.

History and organization

The center was founded in 1965 by Clyde S. Kilby. In 2001 a new building was completed at the edge of the Wheaton College campus to house the Wade Center, with an expanded reading room, classroom space, and an enlarged exhibits area. C. S. Lewis's dining-room table, which used to serve as desk space for visiting researchers, has been moved into the exhibits area near the Wade's own Lewis wardrobe.

The Wade Center's second director, after Kilby, was Lyle W. Dorsett, who headed the center from 1983 until 1990.[1] From 1994 until 2013, the small staff was headed by director Christopher W. Mitchell (author of Through the Wardrobe and into the Mind of C. S. Lewis, 2009), until his departure to teach at Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University.[2] From 2013 until 2018, the Wade Center was weaded by Associate Director Marjorie Lamp Mead (author of A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe: Exploring C. S. Lewis's Classic Story, and of A Reader's Guide To Caspian: a journey into C. S. Lewis's Narnia). Since July 2018, the Wade Center has been headed by co-directors David Downing and Crystal Downing.[3]

The Center hosts special events related to its authors: meetings of scholarly societies, book discussions and classes, film-release celebrations, etc.


The Wade Center also publishes the journal VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center,[4] highlighting works by and about the Wade authors.


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Billy Graham Center

The Billy Graham Center was founded and opened in 1981 on the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Named after Billy Graham, the center is the primary location for many of Wheaton College's bible and theology classes, as well as the graduate school's main headquarters, and host to multiple museums and auditoriums.

The Billy Graham Center Museum, opened in 1980, is designed to help visitors "extend their understanding of the good news about Jesus", and contains exhibits about the history of Christian evangelism in the United States and the ministry of Billy Graham. Changing exhibits are designed around the themes of evangelism, missions and Christian art.

The Billy Graham Center also hosts the Billy Graham Center Ministries. Eleven departments and Institutes focused on "Stimulating Global Evangelism" with 25-40 staff, carry out the work.

The center differs from the Billy Graham Library, opened in 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina; the library serves primarily as an evangelical tool for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is open to the general public.

According to journalist Jeff Sharlet, The Billy Graham Center holds 600 boxes of records for the Christian political organization The Fellowship.

Blanchard Hall

Blanchard Hall is a limestone building on the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. It was built in five phases starting in 1853. The first phase was completed in 1858 and the last in 1927.

Bruce Ellis Benson

Bruce Ellis Benson (born 1960) was a Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College in Illinois.

C. Hassell Bullock

Clarence Hassell Bullock (born 1939) is an American professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois and former president of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Charles A. Blanchard

For the General Counsel of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, see Charles A. Blanchard (lawyer).

Charles A. Blanchard (November 8, 1848 – December 20, 1925) was the second president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He succeeded his father, Jonathan Blanchard, to the office in 1882 and served Wheaton in that capacity until his death, in 1925. He also served for two years as senior pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago.

Named after the King of Sardinia, Charles Albert Blanchard was ten years old when his father left the Galesburg, Illinois area to assume the presidency of the Illinois Institute, which was soon to become Wheaton College. During his youth, Charles saw closehand the efforts of his father and his tenure as president. This gave the younger Blanchard a solid foundation upon which to build his 43-year administration.Frank Earl Herrick of the 1899 graduating class composed a poem in Blanchard's honor.

Clyde S. Kilby

Clyde Samuel Kilby (26 September 1902, Johnson City, Tennessee - 18 October 1986, Columbus, Mississippi) was an American author and English professor, best known for his scholarship on the Inklings, especially J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. A professor at Wheaton College (Illinois) for most of his life, Dr. Kilby founded the Marion E. Wade Center there, making it a center for the study of the Inklings, their friends (such as Dorothy Sayers), and their influences (such as George MacDonald).

Duane Litfin

A. Duane Litfin (born 1943) is an American academic administrator and evangelical minister. He was the seventh president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

E. David Cook

Dr E. David Cook is a Fellow of Green College, Oxford and the first Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College. He is also a visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. He advises the Archbishops and the British Government and is a member of the UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority. He lectures internationally and preaches in a wide variety of denominations.

He received his Bs (Summa cum laude) at Arizona State University in 1968 in Philosophy of Religion/Philosophy. In 1970 he received MA (first class honours), the University of Edinburgh in Mental Philosophy. In 1973 he received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh. In 1984, he received an MA from the University of Oxford. In 1999, he received D. Litt., Honorary Degree, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Criswell College.

Edman Memorial Chapel

Edman Memorial Chapel is an auditorium facility on the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Its primary purpose is as a chapel, though it is also used for numerous concerts and other large events. The auditorium itself seats almost 2400; the facility also includes support space for the auditorium, separate event spaces in its East Wing, and instructional space for the College's music program. The facility is located at the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin Streets in Wheaton; its tower is visible for miles around.

Henri Blocher

Henri A. G. Blocher (born September 3, 1937 in Leiden, Netherlands) is a French evangelical theologian. He was Professor of Systematic Theology at fr:Faculté libre de théologie évangélique de Vaux-sur-Seine, France, from its founding in 1965 until 2003. He was the Gunther Knoedler Professor of Systematic Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School from 2003-2008, and is now Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology back at Faculté Libre de Théologie Évangélique de Vaux-sur-Seine.

Hudson Armerding

Hudson Taylor Armerding (June 21, 1918 – December 1, 2009) was President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, from 1965 to 1982. He was also President of the National Association of Evangelicals from 1970 to 1972.


The Inklings were an informal literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford, England, for nearly two decades between the early 1930s and late 1949. The Inklings were literary enthusiasts who praised the value of narrative in fiction and encouraged the writing of fantasy.

J. Richard Chase

J. Richard Chase (1930–2010) was the sixth president of Biola University in California from 1970 to 1982 and the sixth President of Wheaton College in Illinois from 1982 to 1993.

J. Richard Chase grew up on a dairy farm in Oxnard, California and graduated from Biola University. Biola President Samuel Sutherland mentored Chase, and Chase married Sutherland's daughter in 1950. He graduated from Biola in 1951 with a degree in theology, and then attended Pepperdine University where he received a bachelor's and master's degree. Chase graduated with a Ph.D. in speech from Cornell University. He then taught at Biola in the speech department while leading a church in Hollywood, before being appointed president of the university in 1970. After serving as President of Biola for twelve years, Chase was appointed as president of Wheaton College in 1982 where he served as president for eleven years, seeking to attract students and maintain the university's academic standards and biblical values. After leaving Wheaton's presidency, Chase taught courses at Tyndale Seminary in the Netherlands from 1993 to 2003.Chase is the great-great-nephew of American politician and jurist Salmon P. Chase.

Nicholas Perrin

Nicholas Perrin is the Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois. His work focuses on the New Testament and early Christianity. Perrin has published on the Gospel of Thomas and proposed the theory that Thomas is dependent on Tatian's Diatessaron.In addition to his writings on Christian origins and the Gnostic Gospels, Perrin has authored a number of popular lay introductions to works such as the Gospel of Judas and Gospel of Thomas. In 2007 Lost in Transmission was published as a response to Bart Ehrman's popular Misquoting Jesus dealing with issues of textual criticism of the New Testament.

In 2008 Perrin delivered a public lecture on the historical Jesus at the University of Georgia.

Philip Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken (born 1966) is an American theologian, Presbyterian minister, and academic administrator. He is the eighth and current president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Rolland Hein

Dr. Rolland Hein is a Professor Emeritus of English at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Born September 12, 1932, he was a student at Wheaton College, and studied under Clyde Kilby, who was responsible for helping to secure the papers of writers C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien for the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.Dr. Hein is a George MacDonald scholar and author of several books, including Growing With My Garden, Christian Mythmakers, "The Harmony Within", George MacDonald: Victorian Mythmaker", and others.

Warren Lewis

Warren Hamilton Lewis (16 June 1895 – 9 April 1973) was an Irish historian and officer in the British Army, best known as the elder brother of the author and professor C. S. Lewis. Warren Lewis was a supply officer with the Royal Army Service Corps of the British Army during and after the First World War. After retiring in 1932 to live with his brother in Oxford, he was one of the founding members of the "Inklings", an informal Oxford literary society. He wrote on French history, and served as his brother's secretary for the later years of C. S. Lewis's life.

Wheaton College (Illinois)

Wheaton College is a Christian, residential liberal arts college and graduate school in Wheaton, Illinois. The Protestant college was founded by evangelical abolitionists in 1860. Wheaton College was a stop on the Underground Railroad and graduated one of Illinois' first African-American college graduates.

Wheaton is noted for its "twin traditions of quality academics and deep faith," according to Time magazine and is ranked 20th among all national liberal arts colleges in the number of alumni who go on to earn PhDs. Wheaton is included in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges That Change Lives. It has been described as one of America's foremost Christian institutions.Wheaton College was ranked 8th in "Best Undergraduate Teaching" by the U.S. News & World Report for national liberal arts colleges in 2016. The school was ranked 57th overall among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 2016. Forbes lists Wheaton among the Top 100 Colleges and Universities in its 2015 rankings.

Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

The Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College is a music conservatory located in Wheaton, Illinois. It is both a department and professional school of Wheaton College. It currently has 21 full-time faculty members and approximately 200 undergraduate music majors, and is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Conservatory also operates a Community School of the Arts, serving the music and arts education needs of the surrounding community.


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