Our Story

The earliest historical information found dates back to 1870, which gives the names of the early Christian pastors who ministered to the St. Charles area.

St. Mark's officially started as a congregation on January 27, 1907, under the leadership of the Reverened F. G. Miessler. The first called Pastor of St. Mark's was the Reverend Wilbert F. Theiss, who served St. Mark's from 1928-1935.

The various narratives explain how St. Mark's moved from the First Church, to the "Red Brick" church which was donated in 1954 by Edward J. Baker (of the Baker Hotel),  and finally to building of the "New Church".


1924 - Short History
1950 - 25th Anniversary Booklet 
1971 - From Pictorial Directory
1975 - A Lost History Discovered
1982 - From Pictoral Directory with 1987 Update

Historical Documents

1925 - Hand Written Letter in German
1927 - Typed  Letter Written in German (Church Minutes?)
1928 - Cancelled Checks to Pastor Rabe
1939 - Church Bulletin
1954 - Letter of Thanks to Colonel Baker

News Articles

1954 - Red Brick Church Donated
1965 - Pastor Reischauer Retires  
1970 - Planning Announced for Fellowship Hall    
1975 - Groundbreaking AND Dedication of FellowshipHall (two articles)
1976 - Bonds Issued for New Church
1976 - Auction of Red Brick Church
1977 - Vacancy Pastors
1977 - Moving the Apartment Building
1977 - Demolition (wrong photo was used)
1970 - Cornerstone Contents Suprises 
1970 - 50th Anniversary Slips by 
1977 - Cornerstone - New Church
1978 - New Church Dedication (April 26)
1978 - New Church Dedication (April 29)
1983 - Pastor Zersen Retires

A Pictoral History of Three Churches

The first church (the White Church)


The "Red Brick" Church


Above is a document celebrating laying the Corner Stone of the "Red Brick" Church in 1907, which was built by the First Methodist Episcopal Church, and later donated to St. Mark's congregation.


Above shows the south facing side of the "Red Brick" Church. It had two converging stairways to two entry doors, one facing 5th Avenue, and the other facing Walnut.  


The above three photos show the interior of the "Red Brick" Church, along with the fellowship hall which was added in 1977 . 


The above three photos were taken in 1977.  The Parsonage in the photo above was located behind the church.


A view inside the sanctuary


The above photo shows Walnut Street (now the south parking lot for the church and St. Charles Public Library)  and the "Red Brick" Church on the right. The house in the center of the photo is an apartment building  that was moved to make room for the "New Church"


Above, the apartment building  being moved to it's present location at the SW corner of  6th and Indiana.  


The apartment building in it's new location at 6th and Indiana.


The Parsonage had to be moved too.


The Parsonage was very close to the church!

Demolition of the "Red Brick" Church


St. Mark's congregation outgrew the "Red Brick" Church, so it had to go.


Above, Salvaging the Cornerstone


Pastor Zersen with the salvaged corner stone from the "Red Brick" Church

The "New Church"


An architectural rendering of the front of the new sanctuary.


nullThe wood arches being placed, looking toward the front of the sanctuary. 

Zimmer Pipe Organ

This narrative was taken from the Organ Dedication Recital, February 20, 1983


Every congregation involved in building a suitable house of worship must soon come to grips with the decisions regarding the nature of worship and the elements required to meet those goals. Following Luther's teachings and example, the Lutheran Church has long been a singing church, placing music high on the list of priorities along with theology and the proclamation of God's Word.

In line with this commitment of worshiping God with music it was suggested during the planning stages for St. Mark's new church building that the aging organ be replaced with a new pipe organ.

The Norris Foundation of St. Charles responded with a gift for that purpose. Upon completion of the new building in 1978, St. Mark's members, Mr. and Mrs. William Fisher, duplicated the original Norris gift, getting the organ fund off to a strong start. During the months that followed, St. Mark's members generously contributed the major portion of the monies needed to purchase and install the new instrument, including the gift of the Zimblestern and star in memory of Elizabeth Spiess, and the blower and wind supply in memory of Rev. Richard Walther. This installation culminates a year long 75th anniversary celebration for St. Mark's.

The Instrument

The inspiration for both the tonal design and casework lies in the rich baroque organ building traditions of Northern Europe in the 17th century. The pipework is exposed in a free standing case that blends and projects the sounds of the classically voiced pipes. The tracker action mechanically connects the keys to the wind values beneath the pipes giving the organist a sensitive, intimate control of the pipe speech. The finest historic principals of organ design are combined with modern materials and techniques to produce a fine long lasting instrument with full rich tonal resources.



Great Organ 
Division 1 

16' Pommer 
8' Principal 
8' Barduen 
4' Octave
4' Spitz-Gedackt
II Quartan 
IV Mixtur 
8' Trompete 
Chor to Great

Chor Organ 
Division 2 

(Under Expression) 
8' Rohrgedackt
4' Harfenprincipal 
4' Koppelfloete 
2' Blockflote 
II Kornett 
IV Scharf 
8' Trichter Dulzian 

Pedal Organ 
Division 3

16 'Subbass 
8' Offenbass 
5 1/3' Bassquinte 
4' Choralbass 
II Mixtur 
II Rauschbass 
16' Holzposaune
4' Fagott 
Great to Pedal 
Chor to Pedal 








Our Pastors

Pastor Fricke

Pastor F. Miesslor

Pastor H. Harms

Pastor E. Krause

Pastor Rabe

Pastor W. F. Theiss







Pastor B. H. Pflug


Pastor E. L. Borgdorf


Pastor A. F. O. Pfotenhauer

Pastor Wilbur Zielke


Pastor H. A. Reischauer

Mr. Robert Schaeffer
Minister of Music, Youth, Education

Pastor Kenneth Jenks

Pastor David Zersen

Pastor James N. Hughes

Pastor Reuben C. Baerwald

Pastor Roger W. Leenerts

Pastor Timothy P. Silber


Pastor Timothy Bayer
2016 - Present

Timeline of Brief History

  • 1907 January 27, German group officially forms St. Mark's congregation. "Evangelische Lutherische Sanct Marcus Gemeinde" literally translated means: Evangelical Lutheran Saint Mark Parish
  • 1925 December 3, First church Dedicated. This building still stands at 4th and Walnut in St. Charles (Now Calvary Pentecostal Church) 1928 Summer, Pastor Theiss becomes first resident pastor
  • 1931 Parsonage built ($5300)
  • 1936 April 13, St. Mark's joins Missouri Synod
  • 1937 Services in German replaced by 5 German communion services a year (those dropped in 1941)
  • 1950 December 3, 25th year Anniversary Service This appears to be from the building of the First Church in 1925. (Actual 25th Anniversary should have been January 27,1932)
  • 1954 Red Brick Church and parsonage (5th & Walnut) donated to St. Mark's by Methodist Congregation, St. Charles and Colonel Edward J. Baker 1955 June 27, First Church sold at auction for $22,500 to the Salvation Army
  • 1956 November 18, Remodeled Red Brick Church Dedicated
  • 1970 April 5, New Sunday School / Fellowship Hall dedicated
  • 1973 Cornerstone of the First Church opened
  • 1977 October - Red Brick Church Auction and Demolition
  • 1978 April 30, New Sanctuary Dedicated
  • 1982 October 10, St. Mark's 75th Anniversary Service¬†
  • 2003 November 2, Remodeled Church-Office Complex dedicated
  • 2007 January 27, 100 Year Anniversary Celebration