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Ryrie, Charles Caldwell (b. 1925)

  1. Ron J. Bigalke Jr.

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0214

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Bigalke, R. J. 2011. Ryrie, Charles Caldwell (b. 1925). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Charles Caldwell Ryrie was born the son of John A. and Elizabeth (Caldwell) Ryrie in Alton, Illinois, on 2 March 1925. His father was a banker and gentleman farmer, and his mother was a homemaker. Whereas his older brother, George, became a banker, Charles pursued academics and music. He attended the Stony Brook School on Long Island, which kept him from home for much of his adolescence. Ryrie intended to follow his father in the career of banking and finance. However, a meeting with Lewis Sperry Chafer in 1943 convinced him of God's call into the ministry and he transferred to Dallas Theo-logical Seminary. He earned a B.A., majoring in mathematics, from Haverford College in 1946. In 1947, he was ordained to the ministry by the First Baptist Church of Alton. At Dallas Seminary, he completed the Master of Theology in 1947 and the Doctor of Theology in 1949. The Basis of the Premillennial Faith (1953) was the result of his studies at Dallas Seminary. He taught for several years as professor, and later as Dean of Men and chairman of biblical studies and philosophy at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. In 1951, he continued his studies in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, where he earned the Ph.D. in 1954. The Role of Women in the Church (1958) was the result of his studies in Scotland.


  • Ryrie, Charles Caldwell (b. 1925);
  • ordained to the ministry by the first baptist church of alton;
  • dallas seminary;
  • presidency of philadelphia college of bible