His Perspectives Course -- first written at Fuller in 1973, was further developed at his new campus and proved a significant mobilization tool, with over 70,000 graduates today. Other ministries launched under his leadership include the Global Prayer Digest and Missions Frontiers magazine, as well as World Christian Foundations, a curriculum for field missionaries.
Wife Roberta was deeply involved in his activities. “I’ve never seen a couple who worked together so closely,” Parsons notes. “She was totally engaged in his work – even grading his papers.” Roberta passed away from cancer in 2001. Ralph recalled his wife as an “intelligent, vivacious and utterly honest person who was ready for anything.”