Too long a delay in calling another minister was
responsible for the drifting away of many of the members.
George G. Kunkle came to minister to the group for one year in
either 1891 or 1892. The
1896 history written by Pastor
Rick indicates that Pastor Kunkle served from 1891-92, while the
history written for the centennial in 1952 asserts that his service
began in 1892.
In any event, we know that Pastor Kunkle served in
1892 due to the following references in the
History of Lycoming County,
Pennsylvania, 1892, by John F.
"St. Mark's English Lutheran church on Market street was built in
1854 at a cost of $8,000. It will seat 250; number of members, 525;
Sunday school scholars, 350; superintendent, Henry J. Glasser;
library, 350 volumes; pastor, Rev. George G. Kunkle." P. 397
"The Church Chronicle, published monthly, by pastors of St.
Mark's congregation, came into existence several years ago, and is
still continued. The present editor is Rev. George G. Kunkle."
In 1902, Pastor Kunkle returned to St. Mark’s to celebrate the 50th
“Golden Jubilee.” At the time he wrote: “I sincerely joy and rejoice
with you all in your jubilee and entertain the hope founded on Gods
promise, that St. Mark’s may celebrate her CENTENNIAL as full of
life and spirit of the Reformation as she celebrated her Jubilee.”
Interment records of Buena Vista Cemetery, Monroe County,
Pennsylvania list: Kunkle, Rev. George G., b. 7 Sep 1847, d. 19