Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mark Schrock

Mark Schrock (1904-1968) was born in Elkhart County, Indiana and a graduate of Manchester College and Bethany Seminary. He was ordained in the Middlebury congregation in 1927. He served as pastor of churches in Illinois, Idaho, Washington, Michigan, as well as Northern Indiana. During World War II he directed a Civilian Public Service camp in Oregon and was area supervisor (West) for the Church of the Brethren CPS program.

He served for fourteen years (1948-1962) as Executive Secretary for the Northern Indiana district and from 1963-1966 as executive of the Central Region.

On this date, October 21, 1968 he died in a farm accident northeast of Goshen while building a new stone bridge across a creek to replace an old plank bridge. In many ways he served his church for many years as a "bridge-builder" until his death on this date forty years ago today.