Beck, John (1), Dd
Beck, John (1), D.D., a German Reformed minister, was born in the borough of York, Pa., April 10, 1830. He graduated at Marshall College in 1848, and pursued the regular course of study at Mererrsburg Theological Seminary until 1850, when he was licensed to preach. He first served the Funkstown charge, Md. In 1854 he accepted a call to the Third-street Reformed Church in Easton, Pa., where he continued to labor earnestly and faithfillly until'his death, April 19, 1877. He stood high among the ministry of his denomination, having filled various positions of trust and responsibility, and being at the time of his death the president of the Mother Synod. He was an able, though not a great, preacher. He possessed a broad, catholic spirit, and a modest, retiring disposition. His well-stored mind, consistent life, genuine good-humor, delicacy of feeling, warmth of affection, and unceasing pastoral care, rendered him an efficient servant of his Master. See Harbaugh, Fathers of the Germ. Ref. Church, 5, 278.