Our History

Where We've Been

Memories of the Spiritualist Church of the Good Samaritan

5401 Oak Park Dr. Box 62
Clarkston, Michigan
June 21, 1951 to September 22, 1979
Good Samaritan Church Mortgage Burning
September 22, 1979

It was a momentous day when we received our first Ecclesiastical Charter through the Independent Spiritualist Association of America. The Charter was presented by Reverend Malcolm Riddell and Reverend Bessie Wells from the I.S.A. The board included:

  • Allan Hinz, President
  • Jennie Ridley, Vice-President
  • Blanche McLauchlin, Secretary
  • Velma Taylor, Treasurer
  • Howard Taylor, 1st Trustee
  • Warren Organ, 2nd Trustee
  • Ada McLauchlin, 3rd Trustee
The small group struggled with the use of several rented facilities to spread the Truths of Spiritualism. In 1958 the members decided to make use of a home at 4780 Hillcrest Drive in Waterford, Michigan. However, a new charter needed to be issued for the Waterford Township home. The Charter issued on March 15, 1964.The charter was presented by Reverend Harry M. Hilborn and Nettie Riddell from the I.S.A. The board included:
  • Allan Hinz, President
  • Frances Higgins, Vice-President
  • Alberta Denmark, Secretary
  • Harold Denmark, Treasurer
  • Beryl Hinz, 1st Trustee
  • Dorothy Wyllie, 2nd Trustee

What We've Done

Penny Offering

A building Fund was established and the “little wooden church” was introduced to take a “penny offering.” When the church needed the down payment to start the building, the “little wooden church” donations provided over $900.00.

Fund Raisers

Through the years we have had many activities as fund raisers. Some of the fund raisers include: White Elephant Auction, Rummage Sales, and Bake Sales held at Reverend Al’s Waterford Hardware Store, Candy Sales by the membership, Psychic Silver Teas each month, and filling jars with Bible verses written on paper and placed in a gelatin capsule which was called a “Spiritual Vitamin”


Many Easters we had a Sunrise Service at 8 a.m. followed by a pancake and ham breakfast which we hope is remembered.

Special Thanks

Through the years we want to remember all who have been a part of this church, whether as a member, or a friend. Many thanks from the Church Board, however you may have helped, know that your efforts were appreciated and that you helped make it possible that the present Board is able to celebrate the “burning of the mortgage.”

Dates to be Remembered

First Silver Tea: June 25, 1970
First Marriage Service: June 27, 1970 (Melvin D. Green and Paula J. Lambert)
First Worship Service: June 28, 1970
First Baptism Service: August 28, 1970 (Heather J. Jenks – Parents Mr. and Mrs. E. Jenks)

The dedication of the completed church was held on September 20, 1970, with the Reverend Harry M. Hilborn officiating. The church board included:

Reverend Allan Hinz, Pastor and President
L. Alberta Denmark, Secretary
Edward Ross, Treasurer
Dorothy Graves, 1st Trustee
Claude Harper, 2nd Trustee
Beryl Hinz, 3rd Trustee

The Charter for Clarkston was presented by Reverend Harry Hilborn and Nettie Riddell from the I.S.A. We are proud to say that we have had several pastors over time.

Reverend Juanita Parris
Passed: December 28, 1970

Reverend Lena Bullock
Passed: April 3, 1974

Reverend Allan Hinz
Ordained: on June 28, 1964
Passed: November 3, 1979
Served as President for 26 years

Reverend Beryl Hinz
Ordained: September 19, 1976
Served as Assistant Pastor and Secretary,
Passed: November 26, 2003

The Official Board at the time was:

Allan Hinz, Pastor and President
Rose Clements, Vice-President
Reverend Beryl Hinz, Assistant Pastor and Secretary
Lynette May, Treasurer
Paul May, 1st Trustee
Edna Kelley, 2nd Trustee
G. Vincent Myers, 3rd Trustee