Meet John Walvoord
John continued his education at Wheaton College, then went on to Texas Christian University and Dallas Theological Seminary where he completed his Th.D. degree in 1936. That same year, he was appointed registrar by Lewis Sperry Chafer, the seminaryís president and Johnís mentor. John also taught systematic theology at the seminary, and pastored the Rosen Heights Presbyterian church in Fort Worth. As the years passed, he became more involved in the administration of the school, serving as Chaferís assistant and secretary to the faculty. Upon Chaferís death in 1952, John became the seminaryís second president and continued to lead the institution until his retirement in 1986.
In addition to his responsibilities at the seminary, John earned a reputation as one of the most influential dispensational theologians of the twentieth century. He has played a prominent role in advocating a pretribulational rapture, a literal thousand-year millennium, and distinction between Israel and the church. His prodigious literary output numbers 30 books, including The Return of the Lord, The Rapture Question, An Exposition of the Epistle of Paul to the Philippians, The Prophecy Knowledge Handbook, and Major Bible Prophecies. He is also the editor of several works such as The Bible Knowledge Commentary and Systematic Theology, and served on the committee that produced the New Scofield Reference Bible.
In 1939, John married Geraldine Lungren and they had four sons. John passed away at the age of 92.