IRVING, Texas (Nov. 30, 2021)—B. H. Carroll Theological Institute has received a gracious $1.03 million gift from the Fred Propst estate. Propst, who died in October, was a longtime and prayerful supporter of B. H. Carroll and friend to Dr. Russell Dilday, former chancellor of the Institute.
Born in Irvington, Ill., in 1924, Propst was the son of a traveling Baptist minister and, after service as a naval radioman in the Pacific on Okinawa and the Marshall Islands, answered God’s call into music ministry. He attended East Texas Bible College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He was married to Ruby, who preceded him in death.
While serving as a music minister, he began to invest in real estate and also ran several small businesses.
In 2018, B. H. Carroll honored Fred and Ruby Propst with its President’s Award. B. H. Carroll President Dr. Gene Wilkes recalled Propst’s commitment to generosity. “Through the skillful investment of his resources, he had been blessed financially. But he wanted to give as much away as he could while he was living. This final gift will be part of his enduring legacy,” Wilkes said.
Wilkes said a portion of the gift would be used to establish the Fred and Ruby Propst Scholarship Fund to assist students called into gospel ministry.
“We believe it is important to invest a portion of these financial resources in our students. The work they do will pay eternal dividends as they serve in the global and diverse ministries of Christ’s church,” Wilkes said.