Historic Organ Pipes Stolen from Calvary Church

Memphis, Tenn., May 15, 2023 – Sometime during the night or early morning of May 13-14, a 26-foot yellow Penske moving truck, license plate T65589 MA, loaded with around 2,000 historic organ pipes was stolen from Calvary Episcopal Church.


The pipes, which are original to the 1935 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Calvary, were loaded onto the truck last week to travel to Spencer Organ Company in Boston, where they will undergo a restoration process. This historic organ has great intrinsic value and is an integral part of the life and worship at Calvary. These pipes have accompanied singing and provided music for Sunday and Lenten Preaching services, weddings, funerals, concerts, and so much more over the last 88 years.


We hope that the pipes will be returned quickly and safely.


If you have information about this truck or the pipes inside, please contact Calvary Organist-Choirmaster Kristin Lensch at klensch@calvarymemphis.org or the Memphis Police Department.


Calvary Episcopal Church’s mission is “making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis.”  Calvary is a parish of The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee and The Episcopal Church, a province of the Anglican Communion. Founded in 1832, Calvary is a vibrant parish comprising more than 900 baptized members. Although a growing number reside in Downtown Memphis, parishioners come from all across the Mid-South. For more information about Calvary, visit calvarymemphis.org or call 901-525-6602.