The Knox Seminary community mourns the loss of Dr. Ronald J. Kovack. “Dr. Ron,” as many of his friends here at Knox called him, was a friend of the seminary, the church, and the gospel.

Dr. Ron was a champion for Knox from its beginning in 1989 as a founding board member. He also served as the fourth president of Knox Seminary at a crucial time in the seminary’s history, during which he created Knox’s distance learning program. This initiative led to significant growth in enrollment and now serves hundreds of students around the world.

In addition to holding two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree, Ron Kovack held two doctoral degrees. He was also granted the titles “President Emeritus” and “Elder Emeritus” at Knox Seminary and Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, respectively.

Fellow board members remember Dr. Ron as a dear brother, a great encourager, and a champion for Knox, whose constant advocacy has been unparalleled. Faculty and staff of Knox remember him as a strong visionary leader, dependable, kind, and generous. The Knox community has deep admiration, respect, and love for a man who gave so much of himself to others and the cause of the gospel.

As his friends, we mourn the loss of a beloved member of our community, but not as those who have no hope (I Thess. 4:13). Rather, we remember that we may rest in the victory of Jesus over death and as a result one day we will be reunited with our dear brother.