Stories of Giving

Blair Couch and her family can claim an investment in Moravian Seminary that no other family can make: Blair, through her family’s legacy, has given to Moravian for all of its 275 years. Blair is a direct descendent of Countess Benigna, daughter of Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf and founder of the first boarding school for young women in the 13 original colonies, which was the predecessor of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.

Following in the steps of Benigna as a ground breaker, Blair was among the first generation in recent history of the revival of Moravian women ministers, graduating from MTS in 1978. After moving to Canada for her first congregation, she returned to the Lehigh Valley to pastor Calvary Moravian in West Allentown, a congregation her father, Paul Couch, had also served. Sinking in roots, Blair reinvested in Moravian Seminary, serving as a Trustee for many years and continuing her congregation's tradition of being one of the most sought after sites for Supervised Ministry.

Today, freshly retired, Blair’s investment continues. She asked for a list of MTS graduates to visit as she returns to Canada, hoping to encourage their support of the place she found so invigorating to her own life. That is whole-hearted giving, a tradition Blair promises to continue as long as she has breath.