Buffalo Street Location
Concord was without a Lutheran congregation until 1843 when the Lutherans at the Coldwater union church left to establish St. James Lutheran in Concord. In the early part of the twentieth century, Concord was experiencing growth, and the US Census showed a population of 8,715. In 1912, St. James Lutheran and their pastor, Dr. Charles Peter MacLaughlin, realized a need for a new Lutheran church in northern Concord. Dr. MacLaughlin and a group of faithful began holding services every other Sunday afternoon. Their goal came to fruition on March 30, 1913 as Calvary Lutheran Church was officially organized with 36 Charter Members.
From the time of organizing in 1913, until Calvary’s first church facility was completed in 1921, Calvary met in a small framed building owned by Locke Cotton Mill.
In 1918 under Pastor Charles H. Day, a Gothic Revival church building was designed by Charlotte architect Louis H. Asbury, and the first service was held there on November 20, 1921 during the administration of Pastor Moses L. Kester. This original Calvary church building remains standing today at the corner of Spring and Buffalo Streets.