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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 precision.

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 things clear.

I was hungry for knowledge, and R.C. Sproul gave me a tantalizing taste. I wanted to know 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!

In Christ,

Pastor Jeff

“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/