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Brief History of St. Mark's Church

There were 16 faithful Lutherans in the Milford area who wanted to share the Good News of God’s salvation in Christ. The following shows the Lord at work…

  • January 1958—St. Mark’s celebrated its first service and became the first Lutheran church in Clermont County.
  • February 1959—Land was purchased on Buckwheat Road to build a multipurpose building for education, fellowship activities, and a temporary sanctuary for its 103 members.
  • July 1980—As the congregation grew, there was the need for a new and larger house of worship, offices, and conference rooms. Much of the labor of building was donated by members of the congregation, saving nearly half the cost.
  • 1981—A Share/Care Program was established to help meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our members and neighbors in the community. Today Milford Miami Ministries—a coalition of local churches—offers prayer support, food, and clothing to the needy.
  • 1996—St. Mark’s established and built St. Mark’s Manor to provide housing and to minister to some of the elderly in our community.
  • 1997—St. Mark’s established a Lutheran preschool.
  • January 2002—A school building was constructed and dedicated. Today St. Mark’s Lutheran Elementary School serves students from 2 years of age through 8th grade with approximately 150 children enrolled.
  • 2018—St. Mark’s has a current membership of 600 baptized members, of whom 478 are adult communicants.

Sons of the Congregation
We thank the Lord of the Church that he has moved the following eight men—members of St. Mark’s—to enter the pastoral ministry. Their date of ordination is noted.

Rev. William Timmer 1968
Rev. Jerrold Collins 1978
Rev. David Heitner 1986
Rev. Dr. Kent Burreson 1996
Rev. Michael Poynter 2003
Rev. Anthony Creeden 2006
Rev. Aaron Fenker 2013
Rev. Aaron West 2014
Seminarian Leonard Tanksley 2018

Pastors Serving St. Mark’s
The following pastors have served at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church…

Rev. Paul Boecler 1958–1966
Rev. Albert Mann 1966–1976
Rev. William Dierks 1976–2001
Rev. Michael Heidle 1994–2000
Rev. William Fenker 2002–Present

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