1857-1927

September 24, 1857, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

January 19, 1927, Lexington, Virginia.

Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Son of George Junkin and Jane Wakeman de Forest, Charles made a public confession of faith at the West Spruce Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia at age 14. He attended the Philadelphia Classical Institute, entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1873, and graduated in 1877. While there, he helped edit the University Magazine. He is also remembered for writing the words to the college song Ben Franklin.

After graduation, he spent three years as a law student in his father’s office, was admitted to the bar in 1880, and practiced law in Philadelphia for three years. He entered Princeton Theological Seminary in 1883, graduating in 1886. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Philadelphia June 7, 1886, and was ordained an evangelist by the same presbytery October 10, 1889. In 1901, he married Ruth Esser in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Junkin was pastor of the Grant Street Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1889-95); chaplain of the Young People’s Association Home in New York City (1895-97); pastor of the West Side Church of Englewood, New Jersey (1898-1905); assistant pastor of the Tenth Church, Philadelphia (1906-07); chaplain and assistant superintendent of the Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia (1907-09); and retired from the ministry in 1909. After retirement, he lived in Devon, Pennsylvania, until 1916, then in Lexington, Virginia, until his death.

  1. In the Trees the Birds Are Singing
  2. Jesus, Friend of Sinners
  3. Just to Grow, Like the Lilies
  4. Wonder of the Story, The

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