History

Our church is a direct result of the Mission interest that brought the Moravians from Pennsylvania to Bethabara, North Carolina in 1753.   The Bethania congregation was started in 1759 and is the Mother Church of King Moravian.


The first Moravian service held in King was at the school building on July 6, 1924.  Rev. Douglas L. Rights and Rev. Edgar A. Holton conducted the service.

Our congregation was organized on October 5, 1924 at the home (our present church office) of Simeon W. and Lula Grabs Pulliam, with fifteen charter members.

Rev. Holton was the first Pastor and Rev. F. Walter Grabs, the second.   Land for the church and graveyard was donated by Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Pulliam. The first brick for the church was laid on April 27, 1925 and the total cost of the building was less than $6,000.  The cost of the bell in the belfry was $34.23.  The service held in the new church was on October 4, 1925.  Over 250 attended the first Christmas Lovefeast and Candle Service that year and the coffee mugs were borrowed from Bethania Moravian Church.  Christmas Eve Service in 2000 had 655 in attendance.

The first burial in our Graveyard, located on Old highway 52, near the old King Times Building was Benjamin F. Pulliam, father of Mrs. Lennis Stone on July 14, 1929.  In 1941 Rev. David Weinland held the first annual Moravian Easter Dawn Sunrise Service in our God’s Acre and we have continued the tradition each Easter morning since.

The church office (formally the parsonage) was built in 1909 and willed to our church at the death of Mrs. Lula Pulliam in 1942.  The pastors lived out of town and served from two to three other congregations.   The Rev. J. Calvin Barnes family were the first occupants of the parsonage.   Our first full-time pastor was the Rev. Jimmie L. Newsom, Sr. in 1964.

Our first organ was purchased in 1949 and Mrs. Sally Hartgrove was organist for 25 years, until 1974 and Mrs. Jennifer Dunn has served faithfully to this date.

The Christian Education Building was constructed in 1951 and the third floor was completed in 1969.  The Picnic Pavilion was built in 1966 and the Sanctuary was air conditioned the same year.

A building fund was established in 1983 for a new sanctuary and fellowship hall, $300,000 was raised before construction began.  July 12, 1992 a ground breaking service was held and construction began.  Laying of the new cornerstone by Bishop George C. Higgins was held April 18, 1993.   The dedication of the new sanctuary and fellowship hall took place June 27, 1993 with 286 in attendance.  The cost of our new sanctuary and fellowship hall is estimated $878,000.

September 1, 1993, a new ministry began, “King Moravian Preschool,” with Jonie Moser as Director. Presently, Margaret Snider is our Director staffed with 12 teachers and 100 children enrolled. The preschool is open to children 6 months to 5 years with a special readiness class for kindergarten age. In keeping with the Moravian belief in strong, early education, the preschool’s program emphasizes music, social skills and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

A prayer garden located between the old sanctuary and the new sanctuary is used for time of prayer and meditation.

We have had 14 pastors during our 9 decades with Dr. Neil Routh as our current pastor with over 367 members.

 

Pastors

1924 Rev. Edgar A. Holton
1924-1936 Rev. Walter F. Grabs
1936-1940 Rev. Edward Helmich
1943-1944 Rev. David Weinland
1944-1945 Rev. Charles Adams
1945-1951 Rev. E.T. Mickey
1952-1954 Rev. J. Calvin Barnes
1955-1959 Rev. William A. Kaltrieder
1960-1963 Rev. George A. Chiddie
1964-1969 Rev. Jimmie Newsom, Sr.
1969-1974 Rev. Thomas F. Presley
1975-1980 Rev. John H. Giesler
1980-2010 Rev. Jimmie Newsom, Jr.
2011-Present Rev. Dr. Neil Routh
Address:
228 W Dalton Rd
King, NC 27021

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Phone: (336) 283-5322

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Events on Apr 17, 2014
  • 7:00pm Holy Week Readings and Communion
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Events on Apr 18, 2014
  • 11:00am Crosswalk
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Events on Apr 20, 2014
  • 6:30am Easter Sunrise Service
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  • 7:30am Breakfast in the fellowship hall
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  • 11:00 am Worship
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    Location: Sanctuary
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  • 7:00pm Circle of Joy meeting at the home of Virginia Southern
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Events on Apr 23, 2014
  • 6:00pm Wednesday Dinner in the fellowship hall
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  • 6:15pm Primary Choir meeting in the sanctuary; K-2nd grade
    Starts at 6:15 pm
    Ends at 7:15 pm
  • 7:00pm Choristers meeting in the choir room
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  • 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice
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Events on Apr 27, 2014
  • 10:00 am Sunday School
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    Ends at 11:00 am
  • 11:00 am Worship
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    Location: Sanctuary
  • 12:15pm Junior youth lunch and "Messy Minute to Win It"
    Starts at 12:15 pm
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  • 3:00pm-5:00pm Provincial Youth Rally at Friedberg Moravian for Middle and Senior High youth
    Starts at 3:00 pm
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Events on Apr 30, 2014
  • 5:45 pm Middle school youth meeting at youth house
    Starts at 5:45 pm
    Ends at 6:45 pm
  • 6:00pm Wednesday Dinner in the fellowship hall
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    Ends at 7:00 pm
  • 6:15pm Primary Choir meeting in the sanctuary; K-2nd grade
    Starts at 6:15 pm
    Ends at 7:15 pm
  • 6:45pm High school youth meeting at youth house
    Starts at 6:45 pm
    Ends at 7:45 pm
  • 7:00pm Choristers meeting in the choir room
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  • 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice
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  • Events on Apr 17, 2014
    • 7:00pm Holy Week Readings and Communion
      Starts at 7:00 pm
      Ends at 8:00 pm
  • Events on Apr 18, 2014
    • 11:00am Crosswalk
      Starts at 11:00 am
      Ends at 12:00 pm
    • 7:00pm Tenebrae Service
      Starts at 7:00 pm
      Ends at 8:00 pm
  • Events on Apr 20, 2014
    • 6:30am Easter Sunrise Service
      Starts at 6:30 am
      Ends at 7:30 am
    • 7:30am Breakfast in the fellowship hall
      Starts at 7:30 am
      Ends at 8:30 am
    • 11:00 am Worship
      Starts at 11:00 am
      Ends at 12:00 pm
      Location: Sanctuary
  • Events on Apr 22, 2014
    • 7:00pm Circle of Joy meeting at the home of Virginia Southern
      Starts at 7:00 pm
      Ends at 8:00 pm
  • Events on Apr 23, 2014
    • 6:00pm Wednesday Dinner in the fellowship hall
      Starts at 6:00 pm
      Ends at 7:00 pm
    • 6:15pm Primary Choir meeting in the sanctuary; K-2nd grade
      Starts at 6:15 pm
      Ends at 7:15 pm
    • 7:00pm Choristers meeting in the choir room
      Starts at 7:00 pm
      Ends at 8:00 pm

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