Schieck, Benjamin S, Dd

Schieck, Benjamin S., D.D.

a minister of the German Reformed Church, was born near Reading, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1806. He studied theology under Reverend Dr. F.S. Herman, was licensed in 1825, and ordained in 1826. His first charge consisted of seven congregations in Celitre County, where he labored until 1833. In 1834 he became pastor in Gettysburg and vicinity, but, his health failing, he resigned in 1835. Shortly after he took charge of the Weekly Messenger; continuing as editor until 1844. He resumed the editorial management of the Messenger from 1847 to 1852. He was also editor of the Reforimirte Kirchenzeitung from its beginning until 1864, as well as minister at different intervals to congregations in the vicinity of Chambersburg. In 1855 he took charge of St. John's Reformed Church at Chambersburg, of which he continued pastor until his death, April 19, 1874. In 1839 he was president of the synod which met at Philadelphia. For some time before his death he was professor of German in the Wilson Female College, near Chambersburg. He was a man of much general information; a genial, pleasing, and instructive writer. See Harbaugh, Fathers of the Germ. Ref. Church, 5:120.

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