Townsend was succeeded in office by the Rev. Stephen S. Stuntz. Rev. Stuntz, born March 26, 1828, in Albion, PA, like his predecessor was educated at Allegheny College. He served as pastor of the Clarion Methodist Episcopal Church and principal of the Seminary concurrently. In April 1870 he was stricken with dropsy and left Clarion. The disease resulted in his death in October 1870.