who we are
Calvary Moravian Church
Calvary Moravian Church is a member of the international Protestant denomination popularly called the Moravian Church. For over five centuries the Moravian Church has proclaimed the gospel in all parts of the world, ministering to the needs of people wherever they are.
For over 75 years Calvary has been a west Allentown neighborhood church, dedicated to living God's love. Our worship, practices and faith centers around relationship between God and our brothers and sisters, seeking to serve and love where we can.
As part of the worldwide Moravian church, we experience God in relationships with each other and keeping love as the center of our faith experience. We often quote this motto:
In essentials, Unity, In non-essentials, Liberty, and above all things, Love!
- First Moravian worship service held in Allentown by Rev. Clarence Romig.
- Charter drawn for Allentown Moravian Church with 45 communicants.
- The first service in the sanctuary at 21st and Livingston, December 7th. During the service, a neighbor interupted the proceedings with the news that there was an attack on our navy, in Pearl Harbor.
- New Christian Education wing dedicated.
- New Belfry is put in place.
Come in Faith, Go with Peace, and Live's God Love!
We bring people who are seekers together to grow in their faith as a community. With the tools of music, worship, prayer, and service, we grow both as individuals and a community as part of this church family.
Our worship (10:45 a.m. or first Sunday of the month in contemporary worship at 9:30 a.m.) leaves us with peace and strength to face our challenges and creatively see where God can use us each day. Christian Education for all ages, in Sunday School (9:30 a.m.) and Bible study groups, helps us to grow and dig deeper into God's teaching for our lives.
Acts of service in our local community and gifts to the broader Moravian church and mission work connect us to our neighbors in need and help us to live God's love in a tangible way.
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Janel has served at Calvary since September 2015. Previous to serving here, she was on a pastoral team at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem for 10 years. Her passions included pastoral care, social justice, worship leadership and education.
Anne has been organist at Calvary since the 1960's. She is dedicated not only to our adult choir, but also to exploring ways that children and young people can use and refine their musical gifts in worship. Trained at Julliard and Curtis Institute of Music, she is recognized in the national honor roll of distinguished pianists.
Additional Staff Information
Pastor: Janel Rice
Pastor Janel R. Rice started at Calvary in September 2015 after serving at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem for 10 years. She graduated from Ursinus College in 2005, Harvard Divinity School in 2008 and received a certificate of ministry from Moravian Theological Seminary in 2010. A Lehigh Valley native, Pastor Janel has felt the call to serve God and the church through congregational life that includes an emphasis on empowering and meaningful worship, dedicated mission and service to the local and international community and engaging opportunities for spiritual growth and reflection. She enjoys leading discussion groups, Bible studies and designing intergenerational events and opportunities for service and fellowship. Pastor Janel is married to Dr. Christian Rice, a professor at Ursinus College and they have a daughter, Sophie.
Secretary: Kathleen Jenkins
Music Director and Organist: Anne Ettinger
Sexton: Tom Shafer
We are grateful to dedicated leadership from our Boards:
President of Trustees: Susan Engle
Vice-Chair of Elders: Terri Syvret
Treasurer: Dave Pieringer