James Frederick Kubik, a man who played an important role in the creation of the Presbyterian Church USA back in the 1980s, has died at age 89.
The PCUSA Office of the General Assembly reported Monday that Kubik, who served on the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church from 1981-1989, died on Jan. 4.
Kubik spent his final hours at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, the same city where he was born, with his memorial service held Jan. 11 at First Presbyterian Church of Wichita.
PCUSA was formed in 1983 through the reunification of two Presbyterian denominations, United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A and the Presbyterian Church in the United States, that had split over the issue of slavery in the 19th century.
The Rev. Dr. John M. Mulder, former president and theology professor at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, said Kubik was integral to helping the financial aspects of the reunification.
“He was the primary person who unraveled the General Assembly budgets during the early 1980s and won the trust of all parties in putting together a unified budget that could serve as the basis of reunion,” said Mulder, according to OGA.
“It was a herculean effort and without his financial and personal integrity, there may not have been a reunion in 1983.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski