Robert Charles Sproul

March 1, 1939December 14, 2017

Dr. R.C. Sproul, founder of Ligonier Ministries, theologian, author, broadcaster, teacher, and pastor, died December 14, 2017. He was 78.

Robert Charles Sproul was born February 13, 1939, in Pittsburgh, the son of Robert Cecil and Mayre Ann (née Yardis) Sproul. He held degrees from Westminster College (B.A., 1961), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (B.D., 1964), and the Free University of Amsterdam (Drs., 1969) and received several honorary degrees. He and his wife, Vesta (née Voorhis), were married in 1960.

He founded the Ligonier Valley Study Center in western Pennsylvania in 1971 as a place where Christians could immerse themselves in guided biblical, theological, and philosophical study. As its outreach expanded, the ministry moved to Orlando, Fla., in 1984 and was renamed Ligonier Ministries. Since that time, it has grown to be the largest Reformed educational and discipleship ministry in the world.

A staunch defender of the inerrancy of the Bible, Dr. Sproul was a member of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. He helped draft and signed the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy in 1978 and wrote a commentary on that document.

Dr. Sproul was author of more than one hundred books, including the classic work The Holiness of God, the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series, and several children’s books. He also recorded hundreds of audio and video lecture series that have been translated into dozens of languages and have been used by people and churches around the world. Dr. Sproul also served as executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online.

Dr. Sproul had a distinguished teaching career at various colleges and seminaries including Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Knox Theological Seminary. In addition, Dr. Sproul was founder of Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Fla. He served as copastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford and was ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

R.C. Sproul—beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, leader, faithful and kind man of God—will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Vesta; their two children, Sherrie Dorotiak and Robert Craig Sproul; eleven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A public memorial service will be held at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., on Wednesday, December 20, at 2 p.m. The service will also be streamed live online at In lieu of flowers, cards, letters, and donations may be sent to Ligonier Ministries or Saint Andrew’s Chapel.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Robert Charles Sproul

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Rhonda Scheppmann

February 20, 2018

It was only in the past two years I discovered this amazing servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and the beauty of Ligonier ministry. Thru the plethora of sermons and teachings available on You Tube, I find myself hungry for his teachings and always deeply moved to prayers of thanks for his calling.
I look forward to someday worshipping with him at the throne of our God and King! While you would only know me as a Christian sister , I offer prayers of sympathy and peace to his wife Vesta ...and the family that now must bear this loss.
Love in Christ , Rhonda Scheppmann

Grady Youngblood

December 27, 2017

Grady Youngblood

December 27, 2017

R.C. Sproul, prolific author, champion of modern Reformed theology, founder of Ligonier Ministries, and co-pastor of St. Andrew's Chapel, passed into the arms of Christ his Savior last week on December 14th. Sproul, whose abundant teachings on an incredible variety of subjects are sure to be invaluable to any Christian, has left behind a powerful, God-glorifying legacy through his family, colleagues, and those he influenced. We at HelloChristian thank the Lord for such a tremendous gift to His church and offer a selection of our favorite quotes from Dr. Sproul, as well as our continued prayers for his family.

"If there is even one maverick molecule in the universe outside of the sovereign control of God, then that molecule would be God."


December 21, 2017

RC had a huge impact on my walk with the LORD. I am so happy for him and will look forward to spending time with him in glory. All my best to his family and close friends.

Carol Groff

December 20, 2017

Our great loss is his greatest gain. Praising the Lord for the legacy he left. Rejoicing that he has fought the good fight and finished the race.

Jose Flores

December 20, 2017

As we feel the heaviness of the loss of RC Sproul, I can't help but imagine the immense sadness the Apostles must of felt when their great beloved teacher died on the cross. RC Sproul was not Jesus Christ, but he was a great teacher. We will miss him, and the full reality of the loss won't settle in until we see his name engraved on his headstone. However, we rejoice in the fact that we will see him and our loved ones again on that great christian family reunion in heaven when the Lord calls us all. As RC Sproul is absent from the body, we look forward to us being present with the Lord together with R.C. one day. Thank you R.C. for your devotion to Christ and His gospel.

To Him be the glory!

December 20, 2017

Our Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the life of your faithful servant R C Sproul and for the ceaseless work R C has carried out to reach so many christians all over the world. A true defender of the faith. We pray for comfort for Vesta and family for their personal loss.

Amanda, Hull, United Kingdom

Tonya Dixon

December 20, 2017

My heart is saddened by the passing of Dr. Sproul. As a young woman some thirty years ago, I began reading his material and it helped bring me to a closer relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ. I will be forever thankful for Dr. Sproul's passionate teaching of God's Word. I used to listen to him on the radio, and then when the internet came, I listened to him on the web. But my heart is also rejoicing in the fact that Dr. Sproul is presently seated at the feet of our Father, Whom he so faithfully and passionately served for so many years. Deepest condolence to his wife, children and loved ones. What an enduring legacy Dr. Sproul has left for his family.

Min. Pamela Williams

December 19, 2017

Great man of God. My heart aches. He will be missed!

Betty Hamman

December 19, 2017

So sad to hear Dr. Sproul has passed...he was truly a titan of the faith. I am abundantly blessed to have "discovered" RC many years ago, viewing his tv show Renewing Your Mind, and thankful to God that I have a library of his teachings/writings to enjoy for many years ahead. Missing him already.


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