Dr. John Arnold Sproule

April 11, 1927October 2, 2014
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John Arnold Sproule was born April 11, 1927 in Toledo, OH. His departure from this Earth was October 2, 2014. Visitation: 12:30 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. funeral service, Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL. Graveside service: 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Emlyn Cemetery in Emlyn, KY. Dr. Sproule was preceded in death by his first daughter, Susan, who went to be with the Lord in 1962 at age 6. Survivors include his beloved wife, Virginia, of Calera, AL; his daughter, Lynne, of Calera; and his sister, Jeannette Thomas of Knoxville, TN. After military service overseas in Greece, Dr. Sproule graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1954 as an electrical engineer and worked with General Motors from 1954 to 1965. Helped design and develop the T56 turbo-prop engine, the power plant for the famous C-130’s serving in every battle zone since 2004. As Senior Experimental Engineer, he resigned from GM in 1965 to enter the Gospel Ministry. Received Th.M. Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, 1969 and Th.D. Degree from Grace Theological Seminary, 1981. Held professorships at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, AL (1970-76), Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN (1976-86), and Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD (1986-94). Field of expertise was NT Literature and Exegesis, and primary studies were in NT Greek and Theology. Served as president of Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary from 1991 to 1994, and conducted Bible conference ministries and pastors conferences in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Sproule had a great love for dynamic Bible exposition. He was the primary translator of “Romans” in the New King James Version of the Bible and authored many theological journal and newsletter articles. Memorial gifts may go to Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary. Or, give to research for Huntington's Disease.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

  • Celebration of John's Life

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Dr. John Arnold Sproule

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Douglas R. Kump

July 23, 2015

Dr. Sproule was one of the greatest preachers and men of God I had the privilege of knowing. He was the President of Washington Bible College when I was a student there and his chapel messages always brought me to my knees in humble adoration and commitment to my Savior. Rev. Douglas R. Kump

Martha Morales

July 14, 2015

Desde Colombia, honra gloria y h onor al Señor por la vida de este siervo.
Martha Cecilia Morales

Michael Redding

February 26, 2015

Lynne, I am sorry I missed the notice, but wanted to send our fond remembrance of your father from so many years ago. May the Lord continue to strengthen you.

Bob Clarke

November 29, 2014

A truely great man of God. A teacher and preacher without equal yet most humble. Mr. Sproule was my theology professor at SBC for two years. I am sadden to learn of his death. May light perpetual shine on him.

October 27, 2014

John was an outstanding scholar, passionate servant of God. I owe him greatly for passing on a love for Greek exegesis
Ed Glasscock

Bartley Sawatsky

October 23, 2014

As a student at WBC and CBS, I can say that everyone's favourite day was when president John Sproule spoke in chapel. His speaking was electrifying and his passion was contagious. But despite his grandeur, he was a humble and compassionate man.

On one occasion my wife and I went to the Olive Garden and spoiled ourselves with a meal. We didn't have the money and were going to put it on the credit card. Halfway through the meal we saw Dr. Sproule and Ginny be seated a few tables away. When it came time to pay our bill, the waitress informed us that it had already been paid. John and Ginny smiled at us and then came over to chat for a few minutes.

Only a guy like John Sproule could make me eager to get up for early morning NT Greek classes. I absolutely loved his classes and couldn't get enough of his teaching. He will be dearly missed until we reunite in heaven.

Lisa Wright

October 16, 2014

Lynne, your Dad will be greatly missed by so many.
Please know that I will be lifting you before our Lord regularly. I know that God will continue to strengthen and keep you. I admire you so for your compassionate care of your parents. You honor them and our Lord. Thank you for being a shining example.
God bless you.

October 12, 2014

John beat me to heaven and heaven is richer for this. He s a dear friend and fellow graduate of DTS in Dallas. He will be missed as a great teacher and personal friend
Dr. Jim Raiford, Jacksonville, FL

Linda Erwin

October 7, 2014

As I read the obituary, I am amazed at the brilliance of this man. But having known him as a Bible teacher but more importantly a man of God, I am humbled and inspired. Prayers are with you, Lynne, for your faithful service to your parents. I know God will give you the strength you need.

John Erwin

October 7, 2014

What a great Bible teacher - one of the great men at Southeastern Bible College that are the reason I went into the ministry!