Records show work began among the people of Northwest Ontario in 1907, although services were conducted in Waldof (Gunne) prior to that date.
Lutheran pastors belonging to the Ohio and Missouri Synod held occasional services in homes, also in the old school, and later in the new school. In 1929 or 1930 the building that had been Hans KelIbergs’ store north of the C.P.R. was purchased. The following is a list of the pastors that served this area:
1907-11 — Rev. Wm. Heintzmann 1911-14 — Rev. Paul Walther
1915-17 — Rev. Louis Rosin 1917-17 — Rev. A. Fehner
1918-20 — Rev. Geo. Grabarkewitz 1921-23 — Rev. John Woelfle
1924-25 — Rev. Alex Erthal 1926-29 — Rev. E. F. Schroeder
1930-33 — Rev. O. F. Heinrichs 1934-38 — Rev. Geo. Juettner
1939-42 — Rev. Arnold Vehling
* 1939 First time resident pastor posted in Dryden serving, Dryden, Dinorwic , Dyment, Vermilion Bay, and Waldhof (St. Paul’s).
1942-45 — Pastor Erhard Roth 1945-47— Pastor Kempf
1948-55— Pastor Donovan Bakalyar * From here on regular service were held.
1955-56 — Pastor Otto Rueben 1956-60 — Pastor Fred Reimer
1961-63 — Pastor Kruger * Pastor Kruger arranged to move the church to Vermilion Bay in1962. The congregation reorganized, and the church became known as St.Mark. A lot on Hwy. 17 in Vermillion Bay was purchased for $550 ( a gift from LWML) and the church building was moved. The congregation of 33 members reorganized and the church was named St. Mark.
1964-67 — Pastor Lawrence Meaunula 1968-88 — Pastor David Brockopp.
Expansion of the new nave took place in 1984 at a cost of $40,000 and it was dedicated in 1985. St. Mark celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1987.
1989-98 — R. Kobernick 2001-06 — Pastor Noel Smith
2006-19 – Pastor James Wood
Present Pastor is Pastor Alexander Timm
On January 1, 1989 the congregation joined Lutheran Church-Canada. Services are held every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.; sharing a pulpit with Our Savior, Dryden. The summer sees our congregation grow somewhat due to the tourist industry.
2009 saw the latest round of renovations to both the interior and exterior of our church.