Rev. Carl Marks has been an old time preacher man
for 59 years this week, heading toward 60 years
By Bob Weaver
"The first revival I preached was at Rocky Flat Church on Upper Nicut beside Roud Lane's. They lit the oil lamps and people came out of those hollers for miles around, not enough room to sit down. We baptized 17 people," said Rev. Marks.
Marks commenced his ministry in 1954 at the age of 17.
Marks is well-known to Calhoun folks not only for his ministry, but his work as a firemen with the Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department. Equally known was his late mother Lucy, an energy-blessed senior citizen who clogged and gave back to her community.
"It has been a great life in service to the Lord. The reward has been those folks who came to Him as their savior," said Marks.
Marks was going to church up at Fairview, and started preaching when he was in high school. He said the Rev. Glendon McKee, a Methodist minister who was teaching at Calhoun High School in the early 50s, was a great inspiration.
"He was always there to help me," said Marks.
"Then there was an old-time preacher named Billy Schoolcraft," said Marks. "He'd pick me up in his old Model T Ford and take me up Frozen to church."
Marks tells the story about the old preacher: "During the Great Depression, Billy went out to preach revivals on Bear Run, Frozen and Walker, a week at each church. His dad got worried about his wife and child, and sent word he should come home."
"Billy said he had no money and one of the men attending the last revival said it might be a good idea to take up a collection. They passed the hat and got one Bullmoose Nickel and a button. He said that nickel looked as big as a $100 bill," Marks said.
Billy Schoolcraft lived to be 99.
Marks recalled two favorite community women, who when filled with the spirit, would sing and shout, sometimes jumping across the church pews or circling the outside of the church. "You could not ignore the testimony of Oma Nester and Nellie Reed," he said. In those revival days they called it "getting happy."
He has pastored churches at Otter Lick in Clay County, Cremo, Leatherbark and Wilmont, Ohio. "But I have preached all over this county," he said.
After being the pastor of the Walnut Grove Church on Barnes Run for several years, he is now assistant pastor of the Church of the Living God in Spencer.
Marks and his wife Barbara live on Leatherbark.
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