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Byrnese Craig S’25

Rev. Elmer D. Bender Memorial Fund

Harold H. “Pete” Garner Endowed Scholarship

“It is solely thanks to the scholarships that I have been given that my family was able to relocate from western Washington state to Bethlehem for me to pursue my Master of Divinity at Moravian.”


Hometown: Somersworth, New Hampshire 

High school: Portsmouth Christian Academy 

Major: Masters of Divinity

Post-graduate plans: I anticipate serving the Moravian Church in some form of parish ministry. 

Why did you choose Moravian: I chose Moravian because it was the best place to pursue training for ordination in the Moravian Church. 

One thing you hope to accomplish at Moravian: I hope to further develop my own spiritual formation as I prepare to be able to serve others. 

Something learned at Moravian: Folks around here are happy to help each other, and we love the support in the community.

What do you enjoy most about Moravian: We love living here in Bethlehem and exploring the town. 

On-campus/commuter student: On campus 

Favorite class: Learning in Community

Favorite book/author: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

Favorite Moravian tradition: Christmas Vespers 

Thank You 

We're all tremendously grateful for the opportunity to live here while I study and participate in so many beautiful Moravian traditions. It's an honor to receive these gifts, and we are incredibly thankful.  As we made the transition back east, my children expressed so much excitement for our move, and now that we're settled into our home right on the edge of campus, they love walking to the Seminary with me, visiting "statue man" (Comenius) and exploring the paths around the campus. We are all enjoying our home here at Moravian and getting to know the community here, and we would not have had the ability to do this without the gracious support of those who endow these scholarships.