The Rev. Gary L. Marks

The Rev. Gary L. Marks

Passed on Thursday, 28 October 2021
Rev. Gary MarksThe Rev. Gary L. Marks died peacefully surrounded with the love of his family in his home in Plymouth on October 28, 2021. He is the beloved husband of Kathy (Mayhew) Marks of 57 years.  He is also survived by three sons, Jonathan Mayhew Marks and his wife Joanne D. of Wakefield, James David (JD) Marks and his wife Betsy of Plymouth and John Robinson (Robbie) Marks and his wife Lisa J. of East Boston. He was the loved grandfather of Matilda (8), Malcolm (6), Clara (10), Anna (8), Jane (5) and Isabella Grace (4mo). 

Gary was Pastor 40 years for The Church of the Pilgrimage in Plymouth until his retirement in January 2011.  Born in Zanesville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Floyd F. and Pauline (McCutcheon) Marks. He was educated in Zanesville and a first-generation graduate of Hiram College and then went on to Oberlin and Vanderbilt Seminaries where he finished top of his class earning their Founders Medal. In 1967 he moved to New England as a teaching fellow at Boston University working towards his PhD in Systematic Theology. Ordained initially into ministry in the Disciples of Christ denomination, later being granted duel standing in the United Church of Christ. Rev. Marks came to Plymouth to be the Associate Pastor at The Church of the Pilgrimage in 1971. Intending to stay one or two years, his love for his church family and his adopted hometown had him agreeing to continue to serve in Plymouth. From 1973 – 1978 Gary also taught Introductory and Reformational Theology part time at Emanuel College in Boston. From his studies using primary and secondary sources, he gained a great interest in early Pilgrim history especially the theology of the Pilgrim’s Pastor, John Robinson. Because of these studies he became involved with Pilgrim Hall, Plimoth Plantation and Pilgrim’s Progress. Later his study of Celtic Spirituality led him to see its influence on communities of Separatist in Midlands of England, particularly in that of the Covenanting Community at Scrooby, some of whom became Plymouth’s Pilgrim ancestors.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday November 13th at 10:30 am in The Church of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town Square, Plymouth MA 02360. Internment will follow at the church’s Memorial Garden. In honor of Gary’s love for his church, the family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Church of the Pilgrimage Organ Fund, 8 Town Square, Plymouth Ma 02360.

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