Calvary Moravian Church

600 Holly Ave
Winston-Salem NC  27101

Phone: (336) 722-3703

Calvary Moravian Church

“West” Winston was mostly wooded but growing fast in the 1880’s, and a number of Moravians were settling there. But they soon found that Salem’s Home Church was too far away to attend services regularly. The need for a new church was there, and Calvary was begun to fill that need, thus becoming the first Moravian church in Winston.

A handsome brick chapel was constructed, and dedicated on December 10, 1889. Less than four years later, on April 20, 1893, Calvary was formally organized as a branch of Salem Congregation in the Southern Province. A parsonage was constructed the next year.

Calvary’s chapel was quite large, comparable in size to some of the churches of other denominations in Winston and able to seat 350. But soon it wasn’t large enough for fast growing Calvary.

Construction began in 1923 on a magnificent structure with a distinctly Moravian design, crowned with a tower to house Winston’s former town clock. On January 25, 1931, the last Sunday of his life, Bishop Edward Rondthaler presided at the dedication of Calvary’s fine new church building. It still serves today as Calvary’s place of worship.

Construction of the church came early in the pastorate of Edmund Schwarze, who served Calvary for 34 years, from 1916 to 1950. Shortly after Schwarze’s arrival, Calvary members helped him purchase a “machine,” a new Dodge automobile, to help his visitations to the large
and scattered membership. Mission work was supported with the adoption in 1919 of Kenneth G. Hamilton as Calvary’s “missionary pastor” to Nicaragua. In the early 1920’s Calvary assisted in the beginning of another suburban Moravian church — Ardmore.

After Bishop Schwarze’s retirement, Calvary continued its progress. A new parsonage was acquired in 1958, and in 1962 a large addition was built to the Christian education building. In 1977 Calvary made history when Carol Foltz was installed as associate pastor, becoming the first woman ordained into the ministry in the Southern Province.

Calvary’s 100th anniversary was celebrated with a year of services, culminating in November 1993 with the burial of a time capsule to be opened in another century.

Moravian Archives, 2002


Calvary Moravian Church is a congregation of the Moravian Church in America, South. This Christian congregation has been serving in the heart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina since 1893.

Sharing the love of God in the heart of Winston-Salem in 1893.

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Founded: 1893

Categories: Christian Church, Church, Religious Organization

Hours

Mon: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tue: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wed: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thu: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fri: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm



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Easter Morning Breakfast

Easter Morning Breakfast
07:30 am - 04/01/2018

At Calvary Moravian Church

The Calvary Missions Committee is sponsoring a special Easter Sunday morning breakfast next Sunday, April 1, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., following the Resurrection Service...

Christmas Eve at Calvary

Christmas Eve at Calvary
11:00 am - 12/24/2017

At Calvary Moravian Church

The early Christians met and broke bread together to signify their union, fellowship and love. In 1727, the Moravian Church revived this practice, and it has established...

Blue Christmas: A Service of Solace and Hope

Blue Christmas: A Service of Solace and Hope
06:30 pm - 12/21/2017

At Calvary Moravian Church

Calvary Moravian Church would like to invite you to Blue Christmas: A Service of Solace and Hope. The service will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, December...

Bookmarks Presents Karen Kingsbury

Bookmarks Presents Karen Kingsbury
07:00 pm - 11/13/2017

At Calvary Moravian Church

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new Baxter Family novel about a beloved high school principal who starts a Bible Study to...

Speaking + Book Signing! Bestselling Author Karen Kingsbury

Speaking + Book Signing! Bestselling Author Karen Kingsbury
07:00 pm - 11/13/2017

At Calvary Moravian Church

Karen Kingsbury will speak about her newest Baxter Family novel: In This Moment. This book is an inspiring, relevant story about the nuances of religious freedom...

Bookmarks Presents Dava Sobel

Bookmarks Presents Dava Sobel
07:00 pm - 11/07/2017

At Calvary Moravian Church

Dava Sobel will speak about her new book. Nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of the women...

ANWS September Bookmarks Event - The Race Divide: Then and Now

ANWS September Bookmarks Event - The Race Divide: Then and Now
01:30 pm - 09/09/2017

At Calvary Moravian Church

We have our September event. ANWS is going to Bookmarks! We will soon post other details such as meeting beforehand or after, etc, but mark your calendars! Saturday,...

Day of Hope: The Kindergarten Project

Day of Hope: The Kindergarten Project
12:00 pm - 09/09/2017

At Calvary Moravian Church

Imprints Cares has just learned that Dr. Marc Lamont Hill had an unexpected schedule conflict with our Day of Hope Event this Friday, September 8, 2017. He sends...

Eat & Greet with John Feinstein

Eat & Greet with John Feinstein
08:30 am - 09/09/2017

At Calvary Moravian Church

John Feinstein is the author of over 35 books, including the two best-selling sports books of all time: A Season on The Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled, both Number...

Auditions for the 40th season at Piedmont Opera

Auditions for the 40th season at Piedmont Opera
10:00 am - 04/29/2017

At Calvary Moravian Church

Piedmont Opera will hold auditions for Chorus positions for its 2017-18 season. The 40th anniversary season will open with a new production of the 2012 Pulitzer...

Christmas Eve Lovefeasts at Calvary - 11am, 4pm, 8pm

Christmas Eve Lovefeasts at Calvary - 11am, 4pm, 8pm
11:00 am - 12/24/2016

At Calvary Moravian Church

Our traditional Lovefeast and Candle Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The 11:00 a.m. service will be broadcast live on station WEGO 980...

Raleigh Camerata Plays Moravian Music

Raleigh Camerata Plays Moravian Music
03:00 pm - 01/31/2016

At Calvary Moravian Church

A Concert by Raleigh Camerata The Raleigh Camerata is a group of period musicians located in the central North Carolina area dedicated to the performance of small...

Viva Verdi- an evening with Piedmont Opera and the Carolina Chamber Symphony

Viva Verdi- an evening with Piedmont Opera and the Carolina Chamber Symphony
07:30 pm - 08/22/2015

At Calvary Moravian Church

Piedmont Opera and the Carolina Chamber Symphony present an evening celebrating the music of Giuseppe Verdi, hosted by James Allbritten. Jill Gardner and Robert...

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