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Dr. Woodrow M. Kroll has now retired from being the president and Bible teacher for the international Back to the Bible radio and television ministry. He is a former president of Davis College (formerly Practical Bible College) in Johnson City, New York. In addition to preaching and teaching, Woodrow Kroll is a prolific writer, having authored more than 50 books expounding on the Bible and Christian living.
Woodrow Kroll was born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. His father, Reverend Frank Kroll, also 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. Woodrow Kroll followed in his father's footsteps and attended Practical Bible Training School from 1962 to 1965.
Kroll subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 from Barrington College. He then studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary earning a Master of Theology. His son Timothy has followed his father and grandfather in ministry and is the senior pastor at Northside Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Woodrow Kroll from 1975 to 1980 chaired the Division of Religion at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. On January 17, 1981, he became president of Practical Bible Training School.
Dr. Kroll assumed the leadership of the Back to the Bible organization in 1990. He held this position until 2013. Dr. John Munro, Senior Pastor at Calvary Church in Charlotte, NC is currently the new president and speaker of Back to the Bible ministry. Kroll served as principal speaker on the ministry's daily worldwide broadcasts. He has traveled in ministry to over 100 countries and annually leads tours to Israel.
Among the more than 50 books Woodrow Kroll has written on the Bible and Christian living are:
Dr. ‘Jerry’ Kroll was born on January 7, 1943 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. While in high school he was the Director of Ellwood City ‘Youth for Christ.’ He attended Geneva College and then went to France for two years as a missionary with the American Youth for Christ program. He received his Master’s of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Westminster Theological Seminary and did further graduate work at Dallas Seminary.
He pastored in New England for ten years before leaving to teach at Liberty University in 1978. Dr. Kroll taught pastoral studies at Liberty University and the Theological Seminary. While teaching pastoral studies at Liberty University Dr. Kroll pastored Heritage Baptist Church as a place to put into practice what he was teaching.
He retired as Senior Pastor in 2013 and serves as Emeritus Pastor with his emphasis being world-wide missions. His passion for evangelism and discipleship has lead him to do missions conferences and pastoral training in Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, North America, Latin America, and other parts of the world.
Dr. Kroll’s desire to see local churches and missions agencies partner together in sending missionaries to the field has led him to begin a series of Leading a World Missions Church seminars. He regularly speaks to pastor’s conferences on missions strategy, and local church missions conferences.
Dr. Jerry Kroll graduated summa cum laude from Barrington College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Gordon Divinity School with a Master of Divinity Degree, and Westminster Theological Seminary, where he received the degree of Doctor of Ministry. Dr. Kroll has also done graduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, the University of Virginia, the Sorbonne - the University of Paris, France, and the Jerusalem University, Israel.
He served as the senior pastor of North Baptist Church, Brockton, Massachusetts for 10 years. In 1975, Christian Life magazine awarded the church the distinction of “the fastest growing Sunday school in Massachusetts."
Dr. Kroll was the associate professor of pastoral ministries for 15 years at Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS).
He has served on the executive board of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism since February 2000.
He and his wife, Linda live in Lynchburg, Virginia.