Last month I discussed some of our early pastors. The last one I mentioned, Calvin Stewart, oversaw the construction of the first floor of this building. This month I will start with Reverend Robert Kirk. He served Union beginning in 1891, only one month out of Princeton Seminary. He served here until 1905 and was our first pastor to be paid more often than quarterly. He was paid monthly.
Under his leadership, the session took a very personal interest in the spiritual welfare of the congregation. If you were an adulterer or even a drinker or spreader of gossip, you were ordered to appear before the session. If you did not publicly repent you were excluded from communion. Fortunately, gossiping no longer denies one from communion, or our lines might be much shorter!