Dr. Peter S. Ruckman

November 19, 1921April 21, 2016

Peter Sturges Ruckman, November 19, 1921 – April 21, 2016 Matthew 25:21, “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Dr. Ruckman is survived by his wife Pamela Ruckman, married 27 years, Pensacola, FL; and ten children; Diana Walker, Alabama; Priscilla and Michael Thornton, Pensacola, FL; David Ruckman, Pensacola, FL; Mike and Lynette Ruckman, Pensacola, FL; Peter Jr. and Heidi Ruckman, Chicago, IL; Jeremy and Valerie Huggins, Wichita, KS; Bryan Huggins, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Michael and Lydia Huggins, Pensacola, FL; Laura Ruckman; Rachel Ruckman; 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by John Hamilton Ruckman, father; Mary Armstrong-Ruckman, mother; Marion Ruckman, sister; and John Ruckman, brother. Peter Sturges Ruckman was born physically on November 19, 1921, to John and Mary Ruckman in Wilmington, Delaware. At a young age the family moved to Topeka, Kansas, where he grew up while going back to Wilmington during the summertime. He had a brother, Johnny, and a sister, Marion. Coming from a long line of military men, he followed in their footsteps by enlisting in the Army and served in World War II as a DI in hand-to-hand combat in the Philippines and spent time in Japan monitoring the radio broadcasts at Radio Tokyo. But at the age of 29 years old, he enlisted in a different Army. A spiritual Army. On March 14, 1949, Dr. Ruckman signed up in the Lord’s Army by accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the radio station in Pensacola, Florida. He was lead to the Lord by a Baptist preacher, Bro. Hugh Pyle. At one time he wanted to be a “30 year man” and retire from the Army. He now has done over two “30 year hitches” in the Lord’s Army, the “right” Army. Through the 67 years he has served the Lord, his vision and his burden was to reach lost souls for Jesus Christ and to teach people that we have a Bible that is perfect and infallible, that you can hold in your hands – the Authorized King James 1611 Version. He had a burden especially to reach young men for Christ and get them rooted and grounded in the Word of God so they would be equipped to defend that Book against the agnostic scholars who try to rob you of your faith in your King James Bible. From this desire, Pensacola Bible Institute was started. It continues today from Dr. Ruckman prayerfully and wisely choosing a man, Brian Donovan, to train and equip to carry on the work of the school and church after he has gone on to Glory. Dr. Ruckman had pastored for well over 50 years; including a church in Bay Minette, AL, Brent Baptist Church, and Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola since 1973. He also was the Founder and President of Pensacola Bible Institute which was started in September of 1965. Dr. Ruckman was a man of many talents. He was a Preacher, Teacher, Street Preacher, Artist, Writer, played the tuba and the harmonica, had studied the Oriental religions, studied martial arts – Taekwondo and Aikido, and started playing hockey as a goalie at 68 years old with his last game being on his 84th birthday. He also played racquetball, enjoyed mullet fishing, was an avid reader, liked to garden and had a small “truck farm” as he called it, and was still swimming “laps” with a snorkel at 93. He had a profound knowledge of the Scripture and its correlation with History. God gave him a special gift to be able to tie in world events and History to the Bible. And, then, of course, he dearly loved “kids” and “dogs” (especially German Shepherds!). He loved to have them running all around the place. He loved to see them play and laugh. His special treat was to give the kids gummy bears at each service. And if he ran out (to moms’ horror), he would give them strawberry Twizzlers – or – chocolate! One of the things dearest to Dr. Ruckman’s heart was his burden and love for doing the Prison Ministry. He looked forward to each time he had an opportunity to go into the jails and minister to the men and women there, especially the yearly 2-week long summer “junkets.” That was his “Christmas.” Words cannot express the appreciation and gratitude for all the love, support, friendship and prayers of so many saints through all the years; some for many years and some just a few. Through many dangers, toils, and snares he has already come. After a fall in 2015 and many months of declining health, he is now at HOME with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God gave him a “Full Cup.” Arrangements under the direction of Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home, Pensacola, FL.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 26, 2016
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dr. Peter S. Ruckman

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Dorothy Brasch

June 17, 2018

Peter S. Ruckman - The Greatest Preacher of Our Time....faithful to God's Holy Word and the King James Bible Version. After attending a Alexandrian Bible Corrupting - Dallas Theological Cemetery Graduate Church in Houston, TX for twenty years that lead to my lacking "The Joy of the Lord", Peter saved my "Faith in Jesus Christ and Confidence in the Holy Word of God". Peter exposed the use of education, news media , television, etc. as the greatest source of destruction of America. He showed us how he bravely street preached and his love for lost souls as he went to the prisons with great results of souls saved and transformed. His detractors and criticizers will be ashamed at the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ when they see his high standing in the Heavenly Home. He never flinched nor blinked but continued faithfully until the end. Thank you to Peter and Pamela Ruckman for your love of humanity and your devotion to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I saw Peter preach in Pensacola, FL; San Pedro, CA; and Amarillo, TX. What a privilege to read his books, hear his tapes and videos and see him preach the Living Word.

Rick James

February 17, 2018

i began studying dr. ruckman's works in 1976. "mark of the beast" was the first book of his that i ever read (looking up all the scripture references that were given. i learned so much about the antichrist that i began reading all of his books. he was the biggest influence in my christian life. he will be one of the few ministers of the 20th century who now stands in the company of paul, peter, james and john. Rick James (Pensacola, FL)

carl freimanis

December 31, 2017

thank you sir..eternally grateful to Christ saving me because of a man like you..
from England..

Johnny Rudick

December 24, 2017

So sorry to hear of your moving on to much better things. You are missed here.
I am sure you graduated with high honors.

Esther Miller

December 13, 2017

I first heard Dr. Peter Ruckman in 1971 in a Bible Conference at Trinity Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. He was preaching with Dr. Lester Roloff. He drew a picture and preached "Behold the Man" and I will never forget it. I have read many of his books and he has influenced my life and my knowledge of the King James Bible like no other preacher has done. I am sorry he is gone from us, but I know we will see him again one day in Heaven.

Thomas & Libby Widgeon

December 4, 2017


Ray Johnson

November 30, 2017

What a wonderful teacher, Drawing men to Christ was the best program on television, Peter knew how to grab your attention and keep you interested with his teaching while drawing a picture of his story. I love and miss him, I know I will see him soon. The Rapture is coming soon!!!!
Ray M. Johnson (Marsing,Idaho)

Mark Dushaj

November 26, 2017

One of my favorite teachers.

Psalm 119:139-142 KJV
[139] My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. [140] Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. [141] I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. [142] Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

Claudio Duckardt

October 25, 2017

Modern Bible versions almost destroyed my faith in God until I learned the truth. Dr. Ruckman's stance on the KJV was and still is the greatest positive influence in my Christian life. The church I attend is a direct result of his ministry and my pastor was taught by him. I thank God for brother Ruckman. He was a faithful servant who is now enjoying his rewards.

Chas Harris

October 25, 2017

As a teenager I attended a typical "Baptist Church" that REJECTS DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH so I never learned it there. From Ruckman I learned about how to righty divide the Bible dispensationally,(Moderately) and I learned the KJV is Gods preserved word, No doubt this kept me from many deceptions, I also learned from Ruckman that although he rubbed off on me in little in preaching style, I should not try to be him. The world is a worse place without him, be "He being dead yet speaketh"