About Us

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Salem Congregation was originally organized in 1772 as the Congregation Council (Gemein Rath) for the Moravian settlement of Salem, North Carolina. The Council was comprised of all the members of the Salem who had signed a ‘Brotherly Agreement and Contract of the Evangelische Brüder-Gemeine at Salem in North Carolina.’ That larger group formed two operating committees, the Aeltesten Conferenz (Elders Conference) and the Aufseher Collegium (Board of Supervisors), which attended to the spiritual and financial affairs of the community respectively. Initially the lands were leased from the Moravian Unity. In 1826, the Salem Congregation purchased most of the remaining church-owned lands in the Town of Salem (approximately 2500 acres) that it had been leasing. Since the congregation was not incorporated, title to all of its land was held in trust by a church official known as the “Proprietor,” who also continued to manage all land in the original Wachovia Tract for the Moravian Unity.

Incorporation

The creation of the municipality of Salem in 1856 didn’t stop the continuation of the boards, although they did adopt new Rules and Regulations in 1859. The Congregation was formally incorporated January 31, 1874 as “The Congregation of United Brethren of Salem and Its Vicinity.”  That same year the lands held in trust by the Proprietor were transferred to the new corporation. An amendment to the charter in March of 1981 changed the name of the corporation to Salem Congregation.

Salem Congregation still jointly supports and owns the materials in the Moravian Archives, Southern Province, with the Provincial Elder’s Conference of the Moravian Church, Southern Province.

Contact Information

  • Address: 501 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Telephone: 336.722.6504
  • Fax: 336.725.2514
  • Email: office@salemcongregation.org

Purpose

A non-profit organization organized to promote

  • the spiritual and religious life of members of Salem Congregation churches,
  • the Moravian churches belonging to Salem Congregation,
  • the communities in which the Moravian churches are located, and
  • the purposes of all Moravian churches within the United Sates of America and elsewhere.
  • To promote education, missions and other programs and purposes common to those Moravian  churches within Salem Congregation.
  • To purchase, receive (by gift, bequest or devise), hold, and improve all types of real and personal property, either absolutely or in trust, and to mortgage, pledge, sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same.
  • To administer the spiritual and business affairs of Salem Congregation according to the Rules and Regulations (or By-Laws) as established and amended from time to time by the Central Boards of Elders and Trustees.
  • To carry on and perform any other lawful acts allowed by law for non-profit corporations; provided that in carrying out all the purposes for which this corporation was formed no income or property of this corporation shall be used for any purpose other than for charitable, religious, educational or other like purposes.

Member Churches

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Board of Trustees

The business affairs of Salem Congregation is managed by the Central Board of Trustees which is comprised of representatives appointed by each of the Salem Congregation churches. The Board manages the financial and property bequests contributed to Salem Congregation.

  • President: Barry Self, Fairview
  • Vice President: Patti Petree, Fries Memorial Moravian
  • Secretary: Peggy Crouse, Ardmore Moravian
  • Treasurer: Susan Roediger, At-large, Konnoak Hills Moravian

Elders

The spiritual affairs of Salem Congregation is managed by the Central Board of Elders, and is comprised of pastors and members elected by the each of Salem Congregation churches.

  • Chairman: The Rev. Reed Lawson, Christ Moravian
  • Vice Chairman: The Rev. Tony Hayworth, Fairview Moravian
  • Secretary: Julie Tomberlin, Come and Worship

Annually Sponsored Services

  • Easter Morning Sunrise Service
  • Great Sabbath Service
  • Additional services are offered year to year in addition to individual church’s offerings

Property Owned by Salem Congregation

Initially all property was leased from the world-wide Moravian Unity but in 1826 the five square miles constituting Salem was purchased outright. While it was held in trust initially, following incorporation in 1874 the land was transferred to direct ownership of the Trustees. All are located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1876 EA Vogler map, with Lineback update 1884, is a plat of the properties owned and sold by Salem Congregation (originally named United Brethren of Salem and Its Vicinity) this point.

  • Property occupied/utilized by the thirteen member churches
  • “God’s Acre” Salem Moravian Graveyard – South Church Street at Cemetery Street
  • “Cedar Avenue” – portion of S. Church Street from Cemetery to Bank Street
  • Salem Square (600 block S. Main Street, east side)
  • 501-605 Salem Ave (Leased)
  • 590 City Yard Lane (Leased)
  • Archie K. Davis Center – 457 South Church Street (Leased to PEC and Moravian Music Foundation)
  • Belo Home – 455 South Main Street (Income based housing)
  • Boys School II – 500 South Church Street (Leased)
  • Cedarhyrst and Carriage House – 459 South Church Street (House leased to PEC)
  • Fogle Flats – 300-308 South Church Street (Leased)
  • Kremer House – 455 South Church Street (Leased)
  • Moravian Book and Gift Shop – 612 South Main Street (Partially leased to Lot 63)
  • T. Bagge Store – 624 South Main Street (leased to Muddy Creek)
  • Vorsteher’s House – 501 South Main Street (current offices)
  • St. Philips Moravian 2nd Graveyard – Cemetery Street and Salem Avenue
  • Entry to “God’s Acre” – 335 South Main Street
  • “Maiden Lane”/Entry to “God’s Acre” – 425 South Main Street
  • First House Lot – 456 South Main Street (Leased)
  • Second House Lot – 458 South Main Street
  • Pfohl Lot – 443 South Main Street
  • Wachovia Garden – 11 East Bank Street
  • Vacant Lot – 454 South Church Street