Born and raised in Oklahoma, David Roper attended Abilene Christian University, earning a BS
in Bible, Practical Field, and an MS in Bible and Related Studies. He and his wife, Jo, have
three daughters, two sons-in-law, two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Having preached his first “full-length” sermon at age 17, David began “every-Sunday” preaching
at age 18. While in college, he preached for three small congregations in Oklahoma and Texas.
Since graduating from ACU, he has preached for seven congregations: Village, Oklahoma City
(now Quail Springs), 1956-60; Westside, Muskogee, Oklahoma, 1960-67; Macquarie, Sydney,
Australia, 1968-77; Eastside, Midwest City, Oklahoma, 1977-81; Brown Trail, Fort Worth, Texas,
1981-87; Central, Cleburne, Texas, 1987-1993; Judsonia, Arkansas, 1993-1996; He now lives in
Midwest City, Oklahoma.
David has preached in gospel meetings in many U.S. states, Canada, and Australia. He has spoken
and taught at ACU lectureships, ACU Bible teachers workshop, Oklahoma Christian lectureship,
Harding 10-in-1 workshop, and Michigan Christian College lectureship. In 1974 he preached in
England, Scotland, Italy, and Australia. He shared the gospel in Turkey, Japan, and Romania.
A missionary in Australia for ten years, David worked with the Macquarie congregation in Sydney
and the Macquarie School of Preaching. He wrote a book on the history of the church in
Australia: Voices Crying in the Wilderness.
From 1993 through 2007, David served as associate editor and full-time writer for Truth for
Today. He was helping develop a Printed Preacher School for overseas preachers and teachers,
writing the eleven-part series on Acts, the ten-part series on Revelation, the fourteen-part Life
of Christ series, and the ten-part series on Romans. He authored the first six volumes of the
Truth for Today Commentaries: Acts I and II; Revelation I and II; and the Life of Christ I and II.
He co-authored the volume on Ephesians and Philippians.
Best known of David’s works is the tract “The Day Christ Came (Again).” He has authored over
thirty other books and booklets. Two of the latest are Practical Christianity: Studies in the
Book of James and Let's Get Serious About Love. He has also contributed to various
With a special interest in teaching in general and visual aids in particular, David conducted
teacher-training workshops widely. He authored various books on visual aids, including Teach
Your Best With Visual Aids (formerly Give Your Lessons a Visual Punch) and The
Simplified Visual Aid Filing System. For three years, David hosted the TV program “Truth in
Love.” For six years, he was a speaker on the radio program “Radio Bible School.” An
experienced magician, he also wrote several books on entertaining with magic. As a free-lance
writer, he has had numerous stories and articles printed in Highlights for Children,
Highlights High Five, and other publications.