Dr. Ronald Rife


2 p.m.
Friday, May 6th
Central Christian Church
1651 Campbell Rd
Richardson, TX

Final Resting Place

Downing Cemetery


Dallas Christian College
2700 Christian Pkwy
Dallas, TX, 75234

{Aug. 14, 1935 - April 21, 2022}

Dr. Ronald Rife, 87, of Denton, TX, died April 21, 2022.

He was born August 14, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. He traveled the world, making stops in London, Accra, Lagos, Beirut, Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, Paris, Nairobi, Cape Town, Cairo and Madrid. Most people visit as tourists, but Ron was motivated by desire to spread the Good News.

Ron was the younger of two children and grew up in Hammond, Indiana. While a high school student he was greatly influenced by BW Carrier, the minister at Hessville Christian Church. Mr. Carrier was a Christian scholar who accepted no divergence between the two words.

Ron attended Minnesota Bible College in Minneapolis and while there married the former Doris Singleton, a nursing graduate from Gary, Indiana. She preceded him in death on April 12, 2020.

Both shared the central belief that Jesus is the Christ, and by relying on that ideal were led on improbable lives of family, travel and adventure.

Ron began service as an elementary school teacher and principal in Lake County, Indiana. In 1966, Ron was contacted by former classmates and professors asking for his educational expertise in helping establish Ghana Christian College in Accra, Ghana.

After successfully setting up the educational programs for the college and acting instrumentally in purchasing the first campus, Ron, Doris and family returned to the United States where Ron completed his doctorate at Indiana University-Bloomington. While a student at IU, Ron also served full time with Ellettsville Christian Church as education minister.

During this period Ron and Doris were contacted by Paul Carrier, son of BW about moving to Dallas, Texas to serve as academic dean of Dallas Christian College in Farmers Branch. They accepted the challenge and moved with their family to begin additional service in education. While at DCC Ron was instrumental in achieving improved accreditation status as well as expanding curricula and educational programs in cooperation with other Dallas county institutions.

For several years Ron returned to public education and served as an administrator with the Dallas Independent School District, including several years as principal of Charles Gill elementary school.

Upon reaching the “golden years” of life that most spend in retirement and relaxation, Ron and Doris returned to Accra in 1996 to assist in the development of a new campus for Ghana Christian University. During the next dozen years the campus was completed and additional programs were implemented with Ron’s guidance.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris.

He is survived by his three children; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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  1. A great man who led an exemplary life for Christ. Generations are blessed by his faith.

    Comment by Jim Ruth (son-in-law) on April 25, 2022 at 5:44 pm
  2. Great memories of working with Dr. Rife at Dallas Christian College and knowing Bryan as a student. I learned alot from both of them and seeing God work in their lives.

    Comment by David Morgan on April 25, 2022 at 10:54 pm
  3. Dr. Rife taught me the art of teaching. He was a diligent administrator and a passionate professor. He embodied the spirit of Godly service. I will miss him and his wife Doris dearly.

    Comment by Dr. James Apronti on April 25, 2022 at 11:27 pm
  4. A great loss to the Kingdom of God. Rest well my professor.

    Comment by Kenneth Quarshie on April 26, 2022 at 5:32 am
  5. He was an amazing man as well as his wife , whom will be deeply missed. Prayers for comfort and strength for the family during this difficult time.

    Comment by Barbara and Todd Harris on April 26, 2022 at 6:47 am
  6. You have really fulfilled your God given purpose on this plane earth by leaving a positive mark in the lives of many including me.
    Dr. Rife, rest peacefully in the bosom of Abraham.

    Comment by Samuel Young Appiah on April 26, 2022 at 6:59 am
  7. I am a 1996 graduate and one of those people who was educated at Ghana Christian College. Even though Dr. Rife did not teach me but I met him briefly. His work has greatly imputed me. I am an educator and Pastor in my native land, Liberia.
    May his gentle soul rest in peace and may God comfort his family.

    Comment by Gehleigbe Bobson Bleh on April 26, 2022 at 9:00 am
  8. I did not do theology at the Ghana Christian University College in Accra. I did development management at the college. However, Dr Ronald Rife taught me Introduction to theology. In which we learnt Bible Background and Bible Timeliness. He handled the topics in such a way that I developed interest in learning the Good News. I’m now playing and important role in winning souls for Christ.
    Dr. Rife, may your soul rest with the Lord.

    Comment by Stephen Nyarko-Ameyaw on April 26, 2022 at 10:31 am
  9. We have served in Ghana for most of the last 34 years. We salute this gallant hero of faith who has contributed so much! God bless Dr. Rufe and the school he founded!

    Comment by Jean Young on April 26, 2022 at 11:30 am
  10. He was a man, take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again.

    Comment by Charlie Starr on April 26, 2022 at 12:22 pm
  11. He was like a grandfather to me, he understood me motivated me and had the greatest discipline and patience with me thanks to him I made it through college and served on a mission field in Mexico and Hispanic work he was an incredible man knew where to touch the right buttons in your life my condolences to his family and his children of which one of them I had the privilege of playing with sports and going to college campuses family may the Lord bless him with the eternal life we all seek I love him and will miss him

    Comment by Jose ainslie on April 26, 2022 at 1:37 pm
  12. Dr Rife was my lecturer at Ghana Christian University college. He taught me New Testament backgrounds, psychology and Church history. Very disciplined man and academician. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

    Comment by David Akurugu on April 26, 2022 at 3:24 pm
  13. Ron was my colleague at Ghana Christian University College. He was a friend, inspiration and mentor. He encouraged all of us to seek excellence. Ron challenged me to persue my doctorate and to work to develop the mission of the college to develop Christian leaders for Ghana. I treasure the our time as missionary colleagues and friends.

    Comment by Dr Brian K Jennings on April 26, 2022 at 4:25 pm
  14. May Dr. Rife soul rest in perfect peace.
    Dr. Rife helped me a lot in my church planting effort here in Northern Ghana. One time Dr. Rife visited me in my home town at Kpatorigu. When he saw that I was using an old bicycle for long distances to visit the churches planted, he quickly bought me a motorbike. I am saying this to the glory of God. He fought a good fight

    Comment by Haruna Abukari on April 26, 2022 at 4:29 pm
  15. Dr. Rife was not only an administrator, teacher, and mentor, but also a great visionary and transformational leader. I am among the many people who have benefited from these immense qualities he demonstrated while serving God in Ghana. He has fought the good fight. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and rise in the glory of the Lord Jesus. Amen.

    Comment by Dr. James Yamoah on April 26, 2022 at 6:18 pm
  16. As a student of Ghana Christian College and Seminary, I was privileged to have sat at the feet of Dr Rife in the late eighties for a couple of days when he paid a short visit to the College.

    I learnt from him a couple of nuggets on my pet subject of Eschatology. His passion about the 2nd Coming of Christ was unwavering.

    May he sleep peacefully as he awaits the sound of the Lord’s Trumpet.

    Comment by John Kofi Avorgah (Dean, STM School of Theology and Ministry - Ghana Christian University College, Amrahia. on April 26, 2022 at 6:30 pm
  17. Now the laborer’s task is o’er; …
    Now upon the farther shore
    Lands the voyager at last.
    Father, in thy gracious keeping,
    Leave we now thy servant sleeping.
    Rest well my Professor! Your legacy at GhanaCu still leaves on! RIP

    Comment by Gabriel S. Annan on April 26, 2022 at 7:20 pm
  18. Now the laborer’s task is o’er; …
    Father, in thy gracious keeping,
    Leave we now thy servant sleeping.
    Rest well my Professor! Your legacy at GhanaCu still leaves on! RIP

    Comment by Gabriel S. Annan on April 26, 2022 at 7:22 pm
  19. Now the labourer’s task is over… Father in thy gracious keeping
    Leave we now thy servant sleeping.
    Your foot prints at Ghana Christian university College is still visible and your legacy lives on.
    Rest well my Prof. Rest well gallant soldier of the Lord! RIP

    Comment by Gabriel S. Annan on April 26, 2022 at 7:27 pm
  20. He was a disciplined hard working man fully dedicated to the work of God. A great hero and a mentor has fallen but your legacy lives forever .
    Rest on well Dr Ronald Rife

    Comment by Charles K Adoboe on April 27, 2022 at 12:53 am
  21. Praying for you.

    Comment by Becky Ayers on April 27, 2022 at 8:34 am
  22. I am particularly sad about the news of the passing of Dr. Ron Rife. He was my mentor. I took great inspiration in his selfless service to God. He sacrificed his comfort so that I can be a better person, serving the Lord.
    When he set up the graduate school at the Ghana Christian University College, i was honoured to be one of the students. I have never regretted it.
    The life long lessons I learnt from him, helped me set up the Manna Bible Institute I Teshie-Accra. Later he became a guest of honour at one of our graduation ceremonies (2003). I felt very proud of the work I had done and was very thankful to God, when I saw the hundreds of well-wishers who came to that occasion.
    He and Miss Dorothy Eunson, are the reason I serve the Lord the way I do.
    I am particularly sad. I have lost a mentor, a father and a friend.
    May his soul rest in peace.
    May he find eternal rest in the Lord.

    “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (Rev. 14:13)

    Comment by Rev. Francis Therson-Cofie on April 27, 2022 at 8:40 am
  23. Dr. Rife was my teacher at Ghana Christian University College. He was a teacher of excellence and role model of many of the students he taught. Dr. Rife rest well we will meet again.

    Comment by David Dosoo on April 27, 2022 at 9:29 am
  24. You have impacted us all at the seminary. A quality of Biblical and scholarly impartation extraordinary. He ushered many into a higher level of biblical understanding. His sacrifice across the world is immense.
    I was blessed to have been impacted by this giant of the faith. Thanks to his blessed family for sharing him.
    He will be dearly missed.

    Comment by Bernard Dormoh on April 27, 2022 at 5:36 pm
  25. Very sad to know you’ve passed on. Dr. Rife taught me at Ghana Christian College. A great lecturer who brings the best out of everyone. Dr. Rife, your memory will never fade out. Live on in eternity.

    Comment by Emmanuel Asare Ansong on April 28, 2022 at 5:50 am
  26. Dr Ronald Rife was my lecturer in GCUC, a professor of great standing by far, very good at his work this teaching. Bring meaning to every subject matter. May Jesus Christ grant you eternal rest.

    Comment by Francis McCarthy on April 29, 2022 at 10:17 am
  27. Dean Rife was instrumental in forming my faith as a young believer. Also serving as my counselor he directed me to a nature belief. Even after going to DCC he has kept tabs on me while attending Valley View Christian church. He was a great educator and server for Christ. He will be missed here but rewarded in heaven with Jesus.

    Comment by Doug Goldsmith on May 1, 2022 at 9:43 pm

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