30 Years of WLPB


List of Former Speakers of the Wheaton Leadership Prayer Breakfasts


1986  Dr. Richard C. Halvorsen Chaplain, United States Senate, "America: Whence? Whither? Why?”

1987  The Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco Catholic Relief Services, New York City "Christians, Pilgrims of Peace"

1988  Dr. Richard P. Camp, Jr. Chaplain, US Military Academy, West Point "Freedom to Make a Difference"

1989  Barbara Bates Alexander Intelligence Officer, US Dept of State "How to be an Influence Peddler"

1990  Robert L. Vernon Assistant Chief of Police, City of Los Angeles "Four Important Prayers for Leaders"

1991  Chaplain (Colonel) David P. Peterson Command Staff Chaplain, Fort McPherson, Georgia "The Faithfulness of God during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm"

1992  Edwin Meese III Former US Attorney General "Christian Principles in Government"

1993  Dr. C. Everett Koop, Koop Institute, Dartmouth College Personal Reflections

1994  Dr. John M. Perkins Christian Family Center, Pasadena, California

1995  Mrs. Becky Norton Dunlop Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia

1996  Mrs. Janet Ashcroft, Attorney (for Senator John Ashcroft, with taped greeting)

1997  Monsignor Kenneth Velo Assistant to Cardinal Bernardin

1998  Commissioner Robert A. Watson National Commander, Salvation Army

1999  Attorney General Jim Ryan State of Illinois

2000  General Charles C. Krulak Sr. VP and Chief Administrative Officer, MBNA Bank

2001  Justice Robert R. Thomas Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court

2002  Rev. Peter Mehan Priest, Catholic Church New World Trade Center site

2003  Robert P. Winter Asst. Admin. For Democracy, Conflict & Humanitarian Assistance, US State Dept.

2004  Don Soderquist Center for Leader and Ethics, Former Sr. Vice Chairman, Wal-Mart Stores

2005  Jim Towey Former Aid to Mother Teresa

2006  Maj. General Jonathan Gration Director, Strategy, Policy and Assessments, U.S. European Command

2007  Clint Van Zandt, Former FBI Agent

2008  Rev. James Wallis President and Executive Director, Sojourners

2009  Commissioner Israel L. Gaither National Commander, The Salvation Army

2010  Richard Stearns President, World Vision, Inc.

2011  Attorney David Gibbs, III Christian Law Association

2012  Todd Gongwer, Author, Speaker on leadership development

2013  Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago

2014  Ruth Haley Barton Author, Founder of Transforming Center

2015  Mark Crea, Executive Director and CEO, Feed My Starving Children

2016  C. William “Bill” Pollard, Chairman Emeritus-The ServiceMaster Company, Chair-Advisory Board, Wheaton College Center for Faith, Politics & Economics

2017  Father Burke Masters, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Joliet and Chaplain for the Chicago Cubs, "Finding God’s Will in Your Life" 

2018  Charles "Peanut" Tillman, Former Chicago Bear

2019  Dr. Ed Stetzer, PhD

2020 Rev. Dr. Mitch Kim, Senior Pastor of Wellspring Alliance Church


"Finding God's Will in Your Life" - 2017 WLPB Keynote - Father Burke Masters
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