THE ST. LUKE'S LUTHERAN CHURCH OF KINDERHOOK
COLUMBIA COUNTY, NEW YORK
By Capt. Franklin Ellis68
The St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Kinderhook, at Valatie, was organized with twenty-four members, in 1826, by the Rev. Jacob Berger. The first official board was composed of Peter T. Van Slyck, John I. Van Buren, and John M. Pultz, trustees; Jacob Goodemort, Adam Trimper, and Tunis Sour, elders; and George Tator, John P. Marquart, and George M. Pultz, deacons.
A meeting-house was erected about the time the church was organized, which was remodeled in 1854. It is a substantial edifice, having accommodations for three hundred and fifty persons, and is valued at nine thousand dollars.
The clergy connected with the church, was as pastors and stated supplies, have been Revs. Jacob Berger, Reuben Deidrich, J. F. Smith, Wm. D. Strobel, M. Sheleich, W. W. Gulick, Irving Magee, T. W. Bird, John C. S. Weils, J. L. Harkey, J. Zimmerman, and (1878) P. F. Sutphen.
The church has about one hundred and fifty members, and the following officers: Trustees, E. H. Silvernail, James H. Kingman, W. H. Silvernail; Elders, John Huyck, James Van Slyck, Fred. W. Miller; Deacons, Stephen I. Pultz, William J. White, Benjamin Baldwin.
A Sunday-school, having eighty members, under the superintendence of the pastor, is maintained.
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