James Thompson/Wikimedia
Image source: James Thompson/Wikimedia
  • Faith: Christianity
  • Profession: Theologian and pastor
  • Lived: February 13,1939- December 14, 2017 (Modern Era)
  • Nationality: American
  • Known for: Founder of Ligonier Ministries
  • Fun Fact: Sproul was an avid Steelers and Pirates fan.
  • Fun Fact: After becoming a reborn christian, Sproul read through the entire Bible within two weeks.
  • Fun Fact: 
Robert Charles Sproul is a theologian and ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. Sproul grew up in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where sports were a major part of his life. At the age of 15, Sproul dropped out of high school athletics to help take care of his family. His father was a World War II veteran that had suffered through a series of strokes. Sproul notes his father, R.C. Sproul II as the most important figure in his life, and when he died, his father’s last word sparked an interest in faith. R.C. became a reborn Christian during his first weekend at Westminster college, which was a progressive Presbyterian school. After getting married and having his first child, Sproul enrolled at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he received a Master’s in Divinity. Afterwards, Sproul received doctorate  degrees from Free University of Amsterdam and Whitefield Theological Seminary. R.C. Sproul founded Ligonier Ministries, which started off as a study center for college and seminary students. Ligonier Ministries continues to host several theological conferences each year. Sproul also taught at numerous colleges and seminaries such as Knox Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He served as an associate minister of theology and evangelism at College Hill Presbyterian Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as publishing over 60 books. A majority of his writing revolved around his teachings and interests. He also published several children’s books. After suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Sproul died after being hospitalized on January 14, 2017, at the age of 78.

Back to Search Results