Heterogeneous face recognition (HFR) has a prominent importance in sophisticated face recognition systems. Thermal to visible scenario, where the gallery and the probe images are respectively captured in visible and long wavelength infrared (LWIR) band, is one of the most challenging and interesting HFR scenarios. Since the formation of thermal images does not require an external illumination source, the deployment of thermal probe images is practical even in totally darkness conditions such as night security surveillance systems. In this paper, we propose an ensemble classifier which uses the random subspace idea for defining different representations of each image in distinct base learners, and exploits the sparse representation algorithm for the classification of thermal probe images. According to the experimental results, our proposed algorithm leads significant performance improvements in the area of thermal to visible face recognition and achieves the average Rank-1 accuracy of 89.33 percent.