John Willis Lancaster grew up in a family of ten in Elma, Washington. He served in Korea with the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the
Korean War period.
Following his discharge he attended Warner Pacific College, earning a B.Th., and later, a M.Ed. at the University of Portland.
He worked as a counselor in a treatment center with alcohol and drug clients, and taught at Portland Bible College and Rose City College.
In 1957 John met and married Betty Blanchard of Santa Cruz, California. They now have four children and twelve grandchildren.
Ordained with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), he pastored churches in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
Beginning in 1983 he served as the Senior Pastor of Philadelphia Church and North Coast Christian School in Hammond, Oregon until his
retirement in October of 2004.
John went to be with his Lord peacefully at the age of 82 on April 12, 2014. John is survived by his beloved wife, Betty May (Blanchard) Lancaster,
his closest friend, his biggest fan and the love of his life. She brought him great joy.
John was a gifted speaker and teacher and a true expositor of Scripture. Though he lovd to preach the Word of God, his true passion was writing.
John spent countless hours stuydying scripture and writing. His life's work includes: "First Rest - Then Victory", "Joshua for Today" and "A Very
Present Help - Psalms for Today".
Recently, shortly after his memorial service, I discovered a book of devotions that John have given to me several years ago.
We had completed the books now found on this WEB site and I realized we had missed this one. It is "A Personal Word" that John wrote to God's people.
He commented about it that it is "Sincere Milk - and meat - That you May Grow". I trust you enjoy and grow as a result of Pastor John Lancaster's
Pastor John touched the lives of many and his influence has gone through generations of individuals, families and church leaders.
We look forward to joining him at God's throne to rejoice with John in the presence of our Savior.