Our dear Pastor Emeritus, Pastor Malcolm Cronk, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 3 at the age of 101. He will be dearly missed but we rejoice that he is with his Savior. A memorial service will be held on November 21, 10:30 am at Zion Church of Freeport, 4292 W. Stephenson St. Rd., Freeport, IL, 61032. Condolences can be sent to Pastor Cronk’s son and daughter-in-law, Pastor Gardy and Monique Cronk, 670 N. Greenfield Dr., Freeport, IL 61032.
Pastor knew God, and he made us adore our Maker. To hear him pray was to be ushered into the throne-room of heaven itself. His God was a big God, holy and full of glory, as well as a loving God, who died to take away our sins and rose to grant us a new way to be human.
Pastor cared about us, and cared deeply. He asked about our walk with Christ. He wanted to know about our personal trials and doubts. He inquired about our families. And according to him, he prayed for us daily, and we never doubted it.
Pastor was a guide to young pastors – Sandy Mason, Rick Efird, George Dupere, Tom Blanchard, Scott Maxwell, and me, as well as many, many others. Never pushing himself on us, he nonetheless assured us that he was always available to us – a true pastor to pastors.
Pastor loved to read. In his seventies, he pulled off the shelf a 500 page tome by a relatively obscure Puritan. A week later, the book finished, he eagerly related what he had learned and how it changed his life.
Pastor was devoted to his wife Edna. When she died, he did not cease being married. He was committed to his wife to the end, never regaining what he lost by her departure, until the reunion last week for which he much longed.
Pastor pointed us all to Christ. He was Christ-saturated – which is probably why we loved him so. He made Christ look very good. We may wonder how anyone could ever depict Christ more attractively than Pastor. Just wait – when we rejoin Pastor in heaven he will outdo even himself, extolling the Christ he now sees just as he is.