Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share.

Read their stories below:


Extraordinary Faith

As a young child in Bluefields, Nicaragua, Mélida Hodgson learned to love the simple tenets and spiritual freedom of the Moravian church.

Extraordinary Remembrance

For years, Nancy Harney was a dedicated and joyful church worker at College Hill Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. Church treasurer, co-Sunday School superintendent, board and committee member — she jumped in and did it all.

Donor Advised Fund Helps Spaugh Family See Hope in Sadness

When people ask me how many children I have, the quick answer is always four but a more accurate answer is four on earth and one in heaven.

Extraordinary Builders

The McElveens are builders. Builders of houses, like the dilapidated cabin The Rev. Bill McElveen and his wife Carol bought in 1959. They spent the next 52 years working hard to turn it into a showplace as a hobby.

Extraordinary Legacy

The opening lines of favorite Moravian hymn “Morning Star” thrill congregations every Christmas with their beauty and poignancy.

Extraordinary Opportunity

It seems unlikely for a minister to be anything less than outgoing, but Adam Goodrich, pastor of Friedland Moravian Church, was a shy kid. “I was pretty quiet until high school,” he says. “I kept to myself and didn’t really talk a lot.”

Extraordinary Tribute

If you ask Herbert Spaugh, Jr. to tell you about his father, the Rt. Rev. Herbert Spaugh, he’ll tell you about an extraordinary man.

Fred Masten

Fred Masten was a modest man who spent years working for Western Electric, was involved at his church, and loved his wife, Betty, who he had lost some years before we met.

Louise Nippert

In 1947 the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra hired Thor Johnson, son of a Moravian minister, as its first American-born conductor.

Maxine Gail Garrett

Maxine Gail Garrett was a Moravian woman who lived grace, gratitude and generosity. Her story was one of the focal points of the workshop Laura and I presented at the 2015 Moravian Women’s Conference. Many of the women who came to our sessions knew Maxine and some even added stories of their own

Mrs. Jessie Stone

Mrs. Jessie Stone was a life-long Moravian who treasured her church, its pastor, and the many valuable ministries of the Moravian Church in America.

Rt. Rev. Milo Loppnow

On February 4, 2013, the Moravian Church lost a great father and dear friend: the Rt. Rev. Milo Loppnow

The Handwerks’ Tale

Lutheran Pastor Gene Handwerk and his wife, Lenore, feel very blessed in their retirement.