Anyone faced with the task of preparing a history of a congregation must decide at the outset whether it is to be approached as a valuable catalogue of lists of Elders, Trustees, Sunday School teachers, etc. who have served the congregation, or whether it is to be a narrative of happenings in the life of the congregation which seem to the writer to be significant. I have chosen the latter approach, realizing that many important names will unfortunately go unmentioned in the process. Fortunately, the records of any Moravian congregation are meticulously kept and the names religiously recorded in an Archives—a custom zealously preserved by the Unity since the 15th century. (The records of Calvary alone now comprise some seven boxes in the Archives of the Southern Province.)
Calvary’s history as a Moravian presence in the center of Winston-Salem parallels the growth of downtown Winston; its union with Salem in 1913 to form Winston-Salem, the dispersal of shopping and businesses to the suburbs, and the change of Calvary’s neighborhood to an integrated, transitional area with new challenges to us to meet as a downtown congregation in our 100th year.