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