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My wife Sussie and I traveled to Mt. Airy, NC recently to have dinner with friends Rev. Richard and Tammy Weagraff at Ruby Tuesdays.  Together they serve the body of Christ through P.U.M.P. Ministries Inc., which is focused on providing support for missionaries and pastors as they work to spread the word of Jesus.  They were my wife’s pastors while she lived in PA and they have ministered at The Marietta (OH) Celebration Center a couple times where my wife and I attend and serve.   While we were waiting for our food I asked Rev. Richard to give a brief overview of what his ministry is all about.  Rev. Richard explained, “Well we had a burn out time in our own ministry and we didn’t find any help or care for pastors and we had missionaries that would come to our church and they didn’t really have anybody to talk to outside of their own organizations because so many things were used back against them, so we decided to open a counseling ministry to missionaries and pastors to help them to have someone to go to, someone to talk to.”

I asked Rev. Richard to explain more about who all he ministers to.  He went on, “We minister to anyone that will be willing to open their heart to us.  That’s the hardest thing, you find in a third world country pastors are more open to receiving a friend where here in America there seems to be a lot of pride where pastors are afraid that somebody is trying to take their sheep or take their  church.  So we don’t find as big of a response here in the United States as we do in other countries.   We’ve been to 33 different countries and other continents simply because we don’t find enough ministry opportunities here in the states.  We find churches that are willing to allow us in, but not really where the pastor is going to open his heart or talk about his members, but yet statistics show one in five pastors, 1,500 pastors per month are leaving.  Focus on the Family uses that statistic.  H.B. London uses 1,300 per month leaving the ministry, an astronomical number.  You know, it’s almost like if it was an open wound we would be bled out, the church is dying and we need to have someone come alongside and help.”

I asked him if he is trying to raise funds.  He explained, “Constantly trying to raise funds, but giving to missions has dropped off.  We don’t really seem to have a generation of giving as much as it used to be.  The average giver is 65 and over, and they no longer have the jobs they can get and they are on a fixed income.  So the giving to missions as a whole has gone down.  We do have a children’s home in Kenya in which we do find the giving to children where people are willing to give but when you say you’re ministering  to pastors then not to many are interested.  So yea, we’ve had to use tent making ministry to take some odd jobs here and there to keep going, but we’ve been doing it since 1991.  So, we’ve done a little bit of everything just to keep serving the Lord and keep doing what He’s called us to do.

Rev. Richard in Africa

Rev. Richard ministering in Africa

I then asked Rev. Richard where he see’s his ministry going this year.  He explained, “Well, we’re starting to maybe change up a little bit and go just directly doing conferences and seminars with pastors.  We are looking at possibly going to Israel and working and then just revisiting areas we’ve already been but more in a concentration where we’re bringing them together instead of me traveling for an extended period of time.  So, more bringing the pastors to us.

I mentioned to Rev. Richard that he has testified at The Celebration Center about his overseas (Bible) school ministry.  He went on, “Well the school is still in development.  We’re trying to keep up with the technology world.  We’re trying, our son and another ministry that is working with the technical end of it are trying to get where the courses can be online and people can use them more handily because I can’t get there to teach as often.  But we do have professors in place and teachers in place in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.  So to do it completely we’re thinking we’re going to have to figure out how to get it online and we just haven’t figured out that concept.”

As we were getting ready to eat I asked if there was anything else he’d like to mention.  He book ended by saying, “We really would like to find the way the Lord is leading, you know, what is He looking to us to do because He said He’d  build His church.  So you know I’d like to really find out what His heart is of how He wants us to do it.   So, been taking some time in prayer and fasting and finding what’s different of what is facing the church today culture wise, environmental wise.  Trying to find out how we’re going to minister in these times because when I started in the ministry 30 years ago, what pastors are facing now are not the same issues.  And the issues are becoming more complex now of how do we rightfully balance, you know the message because we’re holding to a morally ethical standing.  How does a pastor stand on a Biblical basis?  So you know, I really would like to find out the Lord’s heart of how to confront the issues because nothing’s catching Him by surprise.  I’d like to find what the Lord’s leading is how I can assist pastors in this day and age.  So, that would be the direction we’re heading, trying to stay abreast of what’s going on.”

To contact Rev. Richard email him at; visit,, call Tel: 336.374.5411, or by mail 195 October Lane, Mt. Airy, NC 27030.  Or you can visit his website:

Below are some excerpts from his website.

P.U.M.P. Ministries, Inc. is an independent, inter-denominational misson ministry which is financed through “love gifts” of its friends and supporters.  God birthed the idea for P.U.M.P. Ministries, Inc. within the hearts of Reverend Richard and Tammy Weagraff in 1997.  Supported by a board of directors, they bring with them many years of experience serving God through pastoring, counseling, and teaching.  Rev. Weagraff holds a Bachelor of Religious Education Degree from Transylvania Bible College and is a licensed pastoral counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association. 

P.U.M.P. Ministries, Inc. is called of God to reach the spiritually and emotionally wounded within the leadership of the body of Christ. ” Our purpose is to go to those in the pastoral and missionary ministries who are in need of spiritual and emotional support.  It is our endeavor to offer this support in the love of Christ Jesus who says, “Whoever believes in Me, streams of Living Water will flow from within him.”” 

 Richard sarted to travel independnetly around the world in 1991.  Using his travel experience and his heart to help pastors and missionaries, P.U.M.P. Ministries was offically started in 1997.  Since then, P.U.M.P. has worked with and assisted pastors in more than 30 countries.

P.U.M.P. has traveled from Guatemala to England, Zimbabwe to Italy, and many places in between to support missionaries and pastors.  On the road, Richard and his teams have slept with lizards and chickens, taken bucket showers, and eaten unrecognizable food.  However, the hardships of the road are overshadowed by the opportunities to participate in weddings, funerals, baptisms, spiritual and physical healings, and counseling that has mended churches and families.

The Tammy Weagraff Orphanage & Academy

The Tammy Weagraff Orphanage & Academy, located in Kisii, Kenya, was started in 2011 as a direct response to children in need.  The home is a refuge for children who have lost parents to the AIDS epidemic.  Due to the lack of government support, these children are left without homes and without a source of education.Under the direction of Pastor Ibrahim, the TWOA is a permanent home to 54 children in addition to the 300+ children that attend for schooling purposes.  Through your generous gifts, we have been able to provide medication, food, and money needed for the orphanage operation.  Most recently, we were able to buy a cow and mattresses to provide a little nutrition and comfort that every home should have.We are excited to continue God’s work with the children of the TWOA.  If you would like to help with any of these endeavors, please contact us by clicking here.  Thank you!


Stateside Missions

P.U.M.P. Ministries has been blessed to minister throughout the world.  However, there is still a great need and work to be done at home.  Therefore, Richard travels throughout the United States to provide encouragement for servants of Christ and to raise support for P.U.M.P. Ministries.​

Richard spends time on the road throughout the United States doing revivals, camps, seminars, traingings, and counseling.  He works with churches to spread the word about P.U.M.P. Ministries, provide encouragment and support for pastors and church staff, and to share the word of Jesus.

Stateside missions is an essential part of our ministry, because it is how we raise support for ministry costs and living expenses.  If you would like to help, or if you would like to book P.U.M.P. Ministries for camps, revivals, traingings, or counseling click here.  We look forward to hearing from you.



About Caleb Hitt

Caleb Hitt is a citizen journalist, co-host on Battle Of New Orleans Radio Show, and 9/11 blogger ( Follow him on twitter.