Ephraim Reflection, 2014 T. Dukehart

Ephraim, 2014. Photo by T. Dukehart.

Iconic to Ephraim are its two white steeples: Bethany Lutheran Church to the north and Ephraim Moravian Church to the south.  The Ephraim Historical Foundation is dedicated to supporting the longevity of these historic and beautiful properties, and collaborating with their congregations.  We are proud to work closely with both these organizations through various programs and tours.

For a period of time, the Bethany Lutheran Congregation dwindled; there was fear that the congregation would dissolve, and the church and other Bethany properties would be sold.  A group of dedicated church members approached the EHF, and in the summer of 2011 the Ephraim Historical Foundation entered into an easement agreement with the Bethany Lutheran Congregation in order to safeguard the future of the historic Bethany properties. In sum, the Ephraim Historical Foundation holds, in trust, the deeds to the Bethany Lutheran Church, the Bethany Lutheran Parsonage, and the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, but the Bethany Lutheran Congregation is responsible for the management and maintenance of the properties, and for developing an endowment for the future care of the properties. The Ephraim Historical Foundation only assumes the managerial and financial responsibilities of the Bethany properties in the event the Congregation is dissolved.  Currently, the Bethany Lutheran Church enjoys a large and dedicated membership, the numbers having increased in the past years.  Bethany is a thriving and independent congregation.