Andrew Schank: A Hard Working Pastor

Hi.  My name is James Ruckman and I pastor the Glory Bound Baptist Church in Hoven, South Dakota. Over the past six years I have come to know and appreciate the author of this blog, Andrew Schank. Brother Andrew is a sincere, hard working man of God. When he started this blog, The Working Pastor, I knew that it would become a wealth of information for working pastors because of his seemingly tireless energy. He is indeed a hard working pastor, and I believe as you subscribe to and follow this blog, you will enjoy the fruits of his labour.

Let me also take a moment to say that Brother Andrew is a missionary church planter in Blair, Nebraska.  If you are looking for a missionary to support, you will not be disappointed with him. I believe that you will receive good dividends on your investment into his ministry.

A Note From Andrew Schank…

I appreciate the kind and encouraging words from Brother James. He also could be described the way he did me. I am humbled by the kind expressions presented here in this post!

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06259: The Treasury of David, 3 Volumes The Treasury of David, 3 Volumes

By Charles Spurgeon / Hendrickson Publishers

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” composed and polished The Treasury of David over the span of nearly half his ministry. This incomparable commentary and omnibus on the Psalms has been prized by Christians ever since.Spurgeon’s own commentary on every verse of the Psalms is extremely insightful, and by itself it quite rich. In The Treasury of David you will also find a wealth of illuminating extracts and quotes from hundreds of commentators, contemporaries of Spurgeon as well as the great Puritan expositors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Homiletical hints on almost every verse, concise sermon outlines, provocative seed thoughts as well as useful bibliographies and an index of authors offer practical help for preaching and teaching.

Whether you are teaching on the Psalms, studying them for personal devotions, or simply intrigued by the writings of Spurgeon, you’ll enjoy this splendid classic.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon served for thirty years as preacher and pastor of London’s six-thousand-seat Metropolitan Tabernacle, which his growing congregation opened in 1861. His writings, including thousands of sermons, are still popular with pastors and devotional readers.

Originally posted 2011-01-06 18:53:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pastor, Have You Heard About Missionary Chad Phillips…

A little over a year ago, I had the privilege of meeting Brother Chad Phillips and his wife, Linda, at a missions conference at Zion Hill Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina. I was impressed with my brother from the outset. He is a missionary sent out of Victory Baptist Church, Loganville, Georgia where Derik Lawrence is the fine pastor. The Phillips family is serving with Macedonia World Baptist Missions  going to the country of Cambodia!

Statistics about Cambodia:
  • Over 95% Therevada Buddhist
  • One of the top countries for child prostitution
  • One of the only countries in Southeast Asia (along with Thailand) which has complete religious freedom
  • Over ten thousand villages in Cambodia, many which have not been reached with the Gospel

Ministry Video:

Without a doubt, this is the best mission video I have ever seen! I think you will agree! A MUST SEE!


A Word From Brother Chad:

Psalm 74:20Psalm 74:20
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.  

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perfectly describes Cambodia: ‘Have respect unto the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.’ If there were ever a country that was characterized by spiritual darkness, it would be Cambodia. Why? Well, for starts, the pure Gospel of Christ did not penetrate Cambodia’s borders until 1923. From the time the Gospel made it into Cambodia until the Khmer Rouge took over the country 52 years later, very few Cambodians turned to Christ. Under the Khmer Rouge rule, approximately 3 million people were slaughtered in what is known as the Killing Fields. Of the few thousand Christians in the country at that time, only a few hundred survived.
After another decade of civil war throughout the 1980’s, Cambodia finally opened its doors to foreign missionaries in 1994- the first time in twenty years that foreign missionaries were allowed into the country. So, the Gospel made it to Cambodia in 1923; but what little presence of the Gospel was almost completely destroyed during the Killing Fields.
God has called our family to plant churches in this spiritually dark place. Please pray for us as we carry the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ to the Cambodian people.”

Recommendation Letter Links:

Pastor Derik Lawrence’s Recommendation Letter Link

Pastor Paul Chappell’s Recommendation Letter Link

Veteran Missionary Stephen Benefield’s Recommendation Letter Link

Contact Information:

cell- 562. 305. 7536


Without a doubt in my mind, you will be enriched by the Phillip’s family. I highly recommend any Independent Baptist Pastor to call this brother and set up a meeting! God will use him in your church!

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7310: The Knowledge of the Holy The Knowledge of the Holy

By A.W. Tozer / HarperOne

What is the nature of God? How can we recapture a real sense of God’s majesty and truly live in the Spirit. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy, a modern classic of Christian testimony and devotion, addresses these and other vital questions, showing us how we can rejuvenate our prayer life, meditate more reverently, understand God more deeply, and experience God’s presence in our daily lives.
Informative and inspiring, The Knowledge of the Holy illuminates God’s attributes—from wisdom, to grace, to mercy—and shows through prayerful and insightful discussion, how we can more fully recognize and appreciate each of these divine aspects. This book will be treasured by anyone committed to the Christian faith. It bears eloquent witness to God’s majesty and shows us new ways to experience and understand the wonder and power of God’s spirit in our daily lives.

Originally posted 2010-11-10 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pastor, Have You Heard About Lamar Whittemore

In late September, of 2006, myself and two other men were holding a tent revival in Williston, North Dakota. During the meeting, I brought up the fact that Watertown, South Dakota needed a solid Independent Baptist Church. We began to pray and make plans to hold a series of meetings later on the next year. Lamar Whittemore’s name was brought up in the conversation as I recall. (I still am uncovering the details of how God has put this together, but God does work in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?) The meeting was held as scheduled. Lamar preached in the meeting and later was able to move up to Watertown! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


Brother Lamar, and his wife Chastity are a tremendous blessing to be around. Lamar is the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Watertown, SD. They are sent from Eastside Baptist Church of Greeneville, TN and are serving with Anchor Baptist Missions International.

In His Own Words…
“My name is Lamar Whittemore, and my wife is Chastity.  I was reared under some of the greatest and godliest parents anyone could ever have.  The Lord saved me at the age of six, and answered the call to preach at the age of fourteen.  My wife was reared by a godly Mom, and sat under some great preaching as a member of Roanoke Baptist Church in Liberty, South Carolina.  She was saved at the age of fourteen.  God brought us together, and we were married in July of 1995.  I was privileged to work on the mission field between high school and college.  I attended college at Tabernacle Baptist College in Greenville, South Carolina; and graduated from there in 1996.  After college I was the youth director at Tabernacle and worked on the radio.
The Lord opened the door for me to pastor United Baptist Church in Greeneville, TN in December of 1999.  While pastoring, I was greatly blessed to continue my education, and graduate from Crown College in Powell, TN in 2006.  We resigned the pastorate in September of 2006.  In a way that only God could, He miraculously had someone mention South Dakota to me the very night I resigned United Baptist Church.  I honestly had no intentions to pray about the need in South Dakota.  But, the Holy Spirit would wake me up in the middle of the night praying for Watertown, South Dakota.  After receiving advice to take a survey trip, we realized Watertown was where God wanted us.  We did deputation for a year and a half, and moved to Watertown in May of 2008.  We began having church in a couple’s home the weekend we came to town.  After seven months in their home, we started meeting at the Watertown Event Center on January 4th, 2009.  Throughout these two years God has shown Himself mighty and true!  It’s hard to believe that we will be starting to have services in a church building January 2nd, 2011.  To God Be The Glory!!!
God is definitely working here in Watertown.  We are running between thirty-five and fourty in church.  We also have a children’s ministry on Thursday nights.  Our high number has been forty-three children.  We are praying God continues to work miracles, touch hearts, save souls, put homes back together, and bring glory to Himself.  With our moving into a building, there are many needs.  We need more songbooks, a church sign, tables and chairs to put in Sunday School Classrooms, sound system, etc.  But, more than anything, we need laborers for the field.  Please pray God will help us reach Watertown, the Great Plains States, and the World for His glory!  I honestly believe God can reach the world from Watertown!!!”
Lamar’s Burden… There are approximately twenty-five thousand people in Watertown with forty-eight thousand people in Codington County.  Our prayer is that God would send laborers to work here, and they can go out into smaller towns to reach them with the Gospel.

Contact Information:

Email Address: [email protected]

Lamar’s Cell Phone: 605-868-2214

Church Phone: 605-753-9609.

Harvest Baptist Church of Watertown, SD
Important Links:

Sending Church Website:

Mission Board:


I fully endorse Lamar and Chastity Whittemore. He has been a good friend and I know that he loves the Lord! Pastors, I ask two things from you regarding Brother Whittemore. First, please give him a call or email him to let him know that you read this post about him. Encourage this brother… pray with Him! Secondly, ask the Lord to provide him with more monetary support for his endeavors! I am sure he would be grateful for any prayers and financial support that YOUcould offer him.


Would you consider purchasing…

543369: The John Phillips New Testament Commentary, 19 Volumes The John Phillips New Testament Commentary, 19 Volumes

By Kregel Publications

Explore the entire New Testament in greater depth. This complete set of New Testament commentaries from the pen of expositor John Phillips will provide pastors, Sunday school teachers, and students of the Bible with doctrinally sound interpretation that emphasizes the practical application of Bible truth. Preachers especially will appreciate these commentaries as they provide a model and resource for sermons and lessons. Working from the familiar King James Version, Dr. Phillips not only provides helpful commentary on the text, but also includes detailed outlines and numerous illustrations and quotations. Anyone wanting to explore the meaning of God’s word in greater detail for personal spiritual growth or as a resource for preaching and teaching will welcome the guidance and insights of this respected series.

A frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and workshops across North America, John Phillips served as assistant director of the Moody Correspondence School as well as director of the Emmaus Correspondence School, one of the world’s largest Bible correspondence ministries. He also taught in the Moody Evening School and on the Moody Broadcasting radio network. He and his wife, Betty, live in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Originally posted 2010-12-14 23:59:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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