Endowment Fund of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke, VA

“I’m so very pleased that the Vestry has had the foresight to establish St. John’s Endowment.  The foundation we lay now will ensure the Gospel ministry of St. John’s long after we are gone and equip the saints who come after us.  A gift to the Endowment is a gift for the Kingdom of God.” 



A gift to the Endowment can support the ministries of St. John’s in perpetuity in lasting thankfulness for God’s blessings.
The Vestry of St. John’s established the Endowment in 2010 in recognition that Christian stewardship involves the faithful management of all of God’s gifts—time, talents, the created world and money, including accumulated, inherited, and appreciated assets, and as a means to encourage the permanency and perpetual nature of legacy gifts through principal preservation.
Disbursements from the Endowment, using a total returns model, will insure that while the corpus of the endowment remains invested, the earnings are accessed regularly for the work of St. John’s.


“…As faithful stewards of our resources and this earth and in thanksgiving for our many blessings, we strive to share God’s transforming love and healing grace throughout this valley and the world.” Excerpt from St. John’s Mission Statement

The purpose of the Endowment is to empower mission and ministry beyond the annual operating budget through managed distributions from the Endowment to the Vestry for the following broad areas of purpose:

  • Outreach
  • Special, non-recurring capital and property needs
  • Music
  • Education, communications, technology
The Endowment Board is available to discuss specific areas of interest for donors of major gifts.


The St. John’s Endowment Fund can accept gifts and bequests in a number of forms.  Please share this information with your financial advisors as you consider a gift to the church as part of your planned giving or estate planning process. The Endowment Board and parish staff are available to discuss any of these charitable transfers with you in greater detail.

Some types of outright charitable transfers are:

  • Cash
  • Stocks
  • Real Estate
  • Life Insurance Proceeds
  • Retirement Plans (such as 401(k), IRA, or other qualified plan)
  • Tangible Personal Property

Some types of split-interest charitable transfers are:
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Lead Trust


The Endowment Fund of St. John’s Episcopal Church is overseen by an Endowment Board, appointed by the Vestry, which engages the services of an independent investment manager.

For further information regarding our investment and operating policies refer to the links to the right of this page which will provide the documents pertinent to our operating policies, investment objectives and spending rules.  If you or your Financial Consultant have any questions please click here to send an email to the Parish Administrator.

It is helpful to be made aware of gifts and bequests even if they involve a future date.  We encourage you to make sure that the parish office has record of your gift.

The 2013 Endowment Board
Rand Garrett, Chair
Sallie Lake, Secretary
Susan Copty
Margaret Beazley
John Grove
Robert Brailsford
Barbara Johnson
Contact Information
Parish Administrator
St. John’s Episcopal Church
P. O. Box 257
Roanoke, Virginia  24002
Tax ID number: 54-0506479

“Once we have children in our lives, as parents we start to take a harder look at our long term future. When considering long term financial planning, it’s also important to keep the church in mind.  In order to ensure that St. John’s will always be here as a place of spiritual education and support for our children and grandchildren, we should all consider the St. John’s Endowment when making plans for our family’s future.” - Richard and Browning Koehler

“I was surprised to learn that St. John’s did not have a formal Endowment Fund.  It is exciting to think that our generation (all of us) will establish, build and grow this fund so that future generations can continue our mission of good works to one another, to our community and to the world.” - Sallie Lake

“St. John’s has been here for us when we needed it and we want to help make sure it is here for others.” - Rand and Jan Garrett

“Giving to the Church is fundamental and the most important thing.” - Charlie Bray