“Authorities in northern Illinois say the son and two grandsons of a well-known longtime Pensacola pastor died in an apparent murder-suicide this weekend.
The Winnebago County coroner says 58-year-old Peter S. Ruckman died of gunshot wounds, along with 12-year-old John Ruckman and 14-year-old Christopher Ruckman.
Peter S. Ruckman is the son of Peter Sturges Ruckman, who was an internationally recognized pastor at Pensacola Bible Baptist Church. He died last year at the age of 94. The controversial, hard-line pastor created the Pensacola Bible Institute in the 1960s.
When he died, he left behind 10 children, one of whom is listed as Peter Ruckman, of Chicago, in his obituary.
Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies responded Saturday morning to Peter S. Ruckman’s home near Rockford, Illinois, after the man’s ex-wife reported she wasn’t able to contact him.
They found the two boys shot in separate bedrooms, while Ruckman was in a third bedroom.
The Rockford Register Star reports Peter S. Ruckman was a long-time political science professor at Rock Valley College and an instructor at Northern Illinois University. The boys were both students at Rockford Christian schools.
Peter Sturges Ruckman, who died April 21, 2016, in Pensacola, was known for his hard-line sermons and called himself a “junkyard dog” that God raised up to fight against those “messing with his book,” according to a News Journal story published after his death.
Ruckman claimed the King James Version of the Bible was “advanced revelation” that was beyond what was discernible in the Greek text.
He trained hundreds of preachers but also had critics. The website Ruckmanism.org is dedicated to “warn about the dangers of Ruckmanism while upholding the trustworthiness of the KJV,” according to its mission statement. The site aims to cast doubt on the sermons and preaching of Ruckman.”