Woodrow M. Kroll

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Woodrow M. Kroll
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Born (1944-10-21) October 21, 1944 (age 72)
Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Th. D., Th. M, Geneva-St. Albans Theological Seminary
M. Div, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Spouse(s) Linda Piper
Children Tracy, Timothy, Tina, and Tiffany
Parent(s) Frank and Betty Kroll
Congregations served
Back to the Bible
daily radio program (1990–2013)
Offices held
President of Practical Bible College (now Davis College), 1981-1990

Woodrow Michael Kroll (born October 21, 1944) is an evangelical preacher and radio host. He was the president and Bible teacher for the international Back to the Bible radio and television ministry. He was president of Davis College (formerly Practical Bible College) in Johnson City, New York, United States.

In addition to preaching and teaching, Kroll is a prolific writer, having authored more than 50 books expounding on the Bible and Christian living.

Background and education[edit]

Kroll was born to Frank and Betty Kroll in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.[1] His father, Reverend Frank Kroll, attended Practical Bible Training School (as it was then called) from 1936 to 1939 and pastored the Park Gate Baptist Church in Ellwood City for thirty-three years. Kroll followed in his father's footsteps and attended Practical Bible Training School from 1962 to 1965.

Kroll earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 from Barrington College. He then studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Theology degree in 1970.[2]

He is married to the former Linda Piper.[3] They have four children: Tracy, Timothy, Tina, and Tiffany. Their son Timothy has followed his father and grandfather in ministry and is the senior pastor at Northside Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida since 2005.[4]

Ministry and teaching career[edit]

Kroll began his ministry as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Middleboro, Massachusetts (1968–1970). He then taught at Practical Bible Training School (now Davis College) 1971–1973. From 1975 to 1980, he chaired the Division of Religion at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. On January 17, 1981, Kroll was inaugurated as president of Practical Bible Training School, also teaching Bible and preaching while serving as president.[2]

During Kroll's presidency, the school obtained accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and the American Association of Bible Colleges (AABC, now the Association for Biblical Higher Education). He also developed the administration, curriculum, and much of the school's structure as it exists today, now as Davis College. Kroll resigned on April 27, 1990, to assume the leadership of the Back to the Bible organization.

Back to the Bible[edit]

Begun in 1939 by Theodore Epp on radio station KFOR (AM) in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Back to the Bible broadcast became a worldwide ministry by the time its founder retired in 1981. Epp was succeeded by Warren W. Wiersbe, former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois, who served as leader of the Lincoln-based ministry between 1981–1989. Kroll was inaugurated in 1990 as the third president of Back to the Bible, the position he held until 2013. Dr. John Munro, senior pastor at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, served as Bible teacher from August 2013 through August 2014. Ron Moore became the new Bible teacher in July 2016.

Books authored by Kroll[edit]

Among the more than 50 books Kroll has written on the Bible and Christian living are:[3]


  1. ^ Balmer, Randall (2001-02-19). "The Wireless Gospel". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b Floyd Hays Barackman (2005). History of Practical Bible Training School: Davis College. 
  3. ^ a b "President's Page". Back to the Bible. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  4. ^ Moore, Waveney Ann (31 August 2005). "Northside Baptist names head pastor". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 

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