Timeline of major events in the life of Peter S. Ruckman

With few exceptions, this timeline is formed entirely from statements from the writings of Peter Ruckman (especially his autobiography). Some dates are tentative because at times we found differents dates for the same event in different books. We used an asterick (*) in those cases to indicate that a date was tentative for that very reason. There are more major events that could have been listed here, but we could not locate documentation for the exact year in which the event took place.


Peter S. Ruckman was born November 19 in Wilmington, Delaware. His father was John Hamilton Ruckman, and his mother was Mary Warner Armstrong Ruckman.


Moved to Topeka, Kansas.


Enrolled in Citizen’s Military Training Camp.


Graduated from high school and enrolled in Kansas State College in Manhattan, KS.


Joined ROTC.


Married Janie Bess May in March.

Graduated from University of Alabama.

Began active duty in the Army.


His first child, Diana, was born on June 27.

Sent to the Philippenes then Japan by the Army.


Released from the Army


Made a profession of faith on the 14th of March.

Enrolled in Bob Jones University in the fall.


Ordained into the ministry in a Southern Baptist church.


Graduated from Bob Jones University with M.A. and Ph.D. degree.

Began full-time interdenominational evangelism.*


Began to teach that salvation was by works during the great tribulation.


Began television ministry.


Began “filling the pulpit” at Brent Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL.


Ended full-time interdenominational evangelism.*

Pastored a small church from August to October that his converts had started in a funeral parlor following the great revival.

Became pastor of Brent Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL*

Wrote The Christian’s Handbook of Manuscript Evidence, which remained unpublished until 1970.


His first wife divorced him.


Started Pensacola Bible Institute.

Bible Babel, his first book on Bible versions was published.


His mother and father and sister all died within three months of each other.


Began publishing Bible commentary series.*


Published his landmark book The Christian’s Handbook of Manuscript Evidence which taught openly and boldly that the KJV contained advanced revelations, that it was superior to the Greek, etc.


Married Sherry Ruben, divorced wife of one his former students at PBI.

Submitted resignation to Brent Baptist Church after a third of the congregation voted against him, but gave them two years to get the work on its feet.


Started Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL after having “picked up 75 people.”

Based on an idea shared with him by Herb Evans, he began to teach that 2 Timothy 3:16 was not a reference to the original manuscripts.


First issue of Bible Believers’ Bulletin published.


His second wife divorced him.


Married for third time to Pamela Irene Huggins, a member of his church who is 27 years younger.

Guessed that the rapture would occur between the 14th of May and the 20th of June of 1989.


Published the Ruckman Reference Bible.


Died April 21, 2016

Do you have suggestions for events to add to this timeline? Feel free to comment below. Please include a source for all suggestions.


15 Responses to “Timeline of major events in the life of Peter S. Ruckman”

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  1. Mike Smith says:

    Wow…this puts things in perspective. His third wife was approx. 41? I have some thoughts on that.

  2. Visitor says:

    Yes mr. Smith he is a sinner and we will meet you and your roosters at the judgement seat of Christ

    • Rev. Ken Huffman says:

      It seems that Visitor (Ruckmanite) would like us not to Test the Doctrines, Personal Beliefs and Personal Life of Mr. Ruckman as Moses, Christ and Paul admonish us to. We simply must wash it under the blood and deem him Qualified, Certified and Rectified. Well Visitor…..that is not Biblical Christianity….that is your excuse for following a deceiver. You must think we should all just walk about with our eyes closed and without Beraean 20/20 Vision or proper vetting of whom we deep honest and qualified Ministers, Pastors, Preachers, Evangelists and Educators. Truly, he is the blind leading the blind.

      Rev. Ken Huffman

      “Test everything and remain steadfast in those things which are True”

  3. Stephen Ray says:

    Where did you get the info that Ruckman wrote The Christian’s Handbook of Manuscript Evidence in 1960 and waited to publish it until 1970?

    thanks, Stephen

    • Webmaster says:

      “…The Christian’s Handbook of Manuscript Evidence was all about. It was written back in 1960 from material in the 1950’s.” Bible Believers’ Bulletin, July 1989, p. 15. The Christian’s Handbook of Manuscript Evidence has a copyright date of 1970.

  4. Visitor says:

    If Ruckman prophesied publicly that the rapture would occur on a date that it did not, or a time frame that it did not, counting it as more than a guess, then that makes him a false prophet, doesn’t it ?

    • Ann says:

      The false prophets of this age ate smart. They say, “I think it will happen….”, which gives them a loophol to say, ” I was just guessing!” But what the guessing is all about is a way to sell material. Do the math. Money is to be made here. I calculated just from one of Gail Riplinger’s boasting of her best selling book, she has made over $1 million.

  5. Gary Hudson says:

    I debated Peter S. Ruckman at a church in Milton, FL on July 20, 1990. The resolution was the King James Bible contains no errors, with Ruckman on the affirmative. People may consider this a major event in his life since no one had ever debated him prior to this on the very subject he is most noted for, i.e., King James Onlyism. I also wrote a book that received much publicity, Why I Left Ruckanism, published by D. A. Waite’s Bible For Today. The Sword of the Lord paper printed one of the chapters of my book on the front page of the March 17, 1989 issue, which was passed out to the attendees at the Jack Hyles Pastor’s School meeting in Hammond, IN, that year.

    • Nate Beck says:

      I watched that debate Mr. Hudson. I don’t like Peter Ruckman, but in my opinion, he clearly won the debate. You failed on many points and many of his arguments you completely failed to answer!

  6. Keith Axe says:

    God has used Dr. Ruckman tremendously over the years to hold fast the word of truth against this Laodicean church age that KNOWS NOT that it is wretched, and miserable, and poor and blind and naked. He has taught me more in just a few of his lessons than many of the other preachers I have sat under for 30+ years.

    Those that criticize him often remark about his rude and contemptible speech while refusing to admit that the greatest Christian that ever lived, the apostle Paul, described himself in such a way. 2 Corinthians 11:6. Paul’s speech was contemptible, direct and with power. 2 Corinthian 10:10.

    Jeremiah was such a rude and contemptible preacher of truth. The religious leaders of his day rejected him, casting him into a dungeon for speaking the truth. Isn’t it remarkable that Jesus was compared to Jeremiah in his day? Matthew 16:14.

    Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

  7. Doc Ruckman one of the finest Bible teachers anywhere…his commentaries on the Bible the best ever produced.

  8. maria says:

    Just curious and want to learn more based on the WORD OF GOD.

    Why is it that Pastor Ruckman had to divorce or re-marry several times? Is it okay with the Bible? Does it go with the culture that in the states is marriage is disposable and replaceable?

    Thank you.

  9. Cameron Prewitt says:

    Matthew 7:4

    Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

    Matthew 7:3

    And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    Matthew 7:5

    And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

    Psalms 105:15

    Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

    God has used Dr. Peter Ruckman mightily. The judgement seat of Christ is very much a reality.

    It’s a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Thus saith the LORD!

    • Webmaster says:

      Why did you not apply Matthew 7 to Peter Ruckman as well? Look at what he has admitted to:

      “I am sure that the readers of the Bulletin who are not acquainted with our ministry only see a continual bombardment aimed at somebody, morning, noon, and night. And of course, that is primarily the purpose of the Bulletin to start with…”
      Ruckman, Peter. BBB reprint #7 (Strictly Personal). 2004, Pensacola: Bible Baptist Bookstore, p. 218

  10. George Daniel says:

    It is not up to me to judge Dr. Ruckman’s personal life, the Lord will do that. I judge what he teaches and I do that by what the KJV says and teaches. I have learned more Bible from Dr. Ruckman than from any other source. I teach an adult doctrine course in my church and here are some comments from some of the people in the class:
    A 66 year old man said, “I have learned more Bible in the last two years in this class than in all of my life prior.”
    A man that was saved as a youth and grew up in a pastors home, “This is the first time I have ever heard these doctrines taught, but they make my Bible much easier to understand.
    Most all of the others in class have approached me and and said how much they enjoy the class and how much they have learned in the class. I’m not bragging, because I teach just what I have learned from Dr. Ruckman.
    I thank God for Dr. Ruckman and his ability to teach Bible. He is the greatest Bible teacher I have ever run across.
    Bob Jones Sr. once said, “If the Devil is going your way ride him for a spell.” I’m not calling Dr. Ruckman the devil, what I am saying is, if your looking for a sinless man to learn Bible from, you’re going to be looking for a long time. The sinless Man was here and has gone back to heaven. So good luck finding one!

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