A Tribute to a Man who Helped to Renew my Mind!
R.C. Sproul, theologian, pastor, and founder of Ligonier Ministries, died on
December 14, 2017, at the age of 78, after being hospitalized due to complications
from emphysema. Dr. Sproul is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of
fifty-seven years, Vesta Ann (Voorhis); their daughter, Sherrie Sproul Dorotiak, and
her husband, Dennis; and their son, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., and his wife, Lisa. The
Sprouls have eleven grandchildren, one granddaughter deceased, and seven greatgrandchildren.
Many of you know my testimony, of how I experienced a renewal of faith and then a
call to ministry in what some might consider a strange way—through Christian Radio. When
I lived in New York City and was training to be an opera singer, I had a day job driving from
site to site working as a computer technician. One day I turned on the Christian Radio
station and started listening, and what I heard changed me forever. One of the ministries
of which I became an avid listener was a program called Renewing Your Mind with Dr. R. C.
Sproul. I always looked forward to his program because amongst a bevy of good preaching I
was listening to daily on that station, R.C. Sproul’s program was like a mini-theology class,
and I had reached the point where I was ready to really delve into the teachings of our
faith. I wanted to know what the church historically believed about Jesus Christ, who He
was, what He had done and what it all meant for me, and for us. I wanted to understand
the scriptures. I wanted to know what the Protestant Reformers believed and taught! I
wanted to hear apologetics—arguments for the validity of the faith—presented and
explained with clarity and power. I received a helping of all of it delivered with wit and
A consummate teacher, R.C. Sproul loved and lived for teaching doctrine to
the laity. He had a deep sense of humor, with a ready supply of one-liners.
Conversations with R.C. pivoted effortlessly from deep theological engagement to
sports to golf (more than a sport) to jokes. He longed to see minds renewed, hearts
transformed, and lives changed by the gospel. He had a remarkable gift to make
I was hungry for knowledge, and R.C. Sproul gave me a tantalizing taste. I wanted
if I would like seminary, especially the theology classes. R.C. Sproul convinced me
that I would! And I did!
From 1971 until 2017, R.C. Sproul was at the helm as Ligonier hosted annual
national conferences, regional conferences across the country, international
conferences, and study tours; produced teaching series, books, and other materials;
and launched a website, blog, RefNet, and the Ligonier app. On any given week, the
ministry reaches more than two million people around the globe.
You may remember, I travelled all the way down to Orlando, Florida to attend one
of his conferences a few years ago. His Ministry reaches more than two million people each
week. His preaching and teaching has had an impact on many people…including me. I give
thanks for the ministry of R. C. Sproul and will say with at LEAST two million others, he will
be greatly missed. Fully assured that he resides now in heaven with our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, I look forward to the day when we all gather there in Christ’s presence.
Maybe we can talk a little theology!
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
All Quotes are from: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/remembering-rc-sproul/