History of Mt. Moriah - China Grove, NC
Mt. Moriah began after a theological dispute in the North Carolina Synod in the 1820's. A group of people left Lutheran Chapel in 1824 to form a new congregation and Synod. By 1840 they had completed a hewn log building for worship. As Mt. Moriah grew, another wooden building was constructed in 1880, close to where our current building stands. In 1917, that building was renovated and expanded to include a bell tower. Then, in 1924, we rejoined the North Carolina Synod. Following that, in 1928, the members decided to erect a modern brick and steel structure which was finished and dedicated in 1929. In 1958, we built and dedicated an addition with the Chapel, classrooms, and office space, as well as remodeling the area under the Nave. In the early 1960s, a spacious new parsonage was completed and occupied next door. The Chancel was remodeled and pipe organ added. The building out back where scouts and youth met burned in early 2000s. It was rebuilt and serves as the Youth and Family Center for smaller gatherings. You may also hear folks refer to it as the "Building Out Back" or "B.O.B". In the last 15-20 years, a playground was added for young children to enjoy. A nature trail is also on the property. In 2010, brick columns were added to conjoin a metal roof walkway. A picnic shelter, known as the Efird Shelter, in memory of Jonathan Efird, was added in the last 10 years. The building that stands today sits on a beautiful landscape in which much craftsmanship can be seen throughout the church not only on the inside but outside as well. We give thanks to those who helped found our congregation as well as those who have supported it through generations.