St. John’s Episcopal Church Foundation’s purpose is to partner with St. John’s Episcopal Church to fulfill the church’s mission and achieve its vision. The Foundation Board and the parish work together to grow the endowment of the St. John’s Foundation. The Board then manages endowment funds, reports regularly to the Vestry and congregation of the Church, and makes grants in support of St. John’s mission and ministries. Gifts in recent years have supported outreach, parish-wide strategic planning, music, children and youth ministries, the For All the Saints Capital Campaign, and more.

The St. John’s Foundation invites and encourages planned gifts to increase the unrestricted endowment. It is on this endowment that the long-term health of St. John’s Episcopal Church depends, and from which future grants will come as this endowment grows and generates income.

The 1829 Legacy Society

St. John’s Foundation 1829 Legacy Society is a way to thank people who have given to the Foundation through a planned gift, such as a bequest in a will, and those who intend to give to the Foundation in the future. Gifts of any amount are appreciated and those givers are recognized as members of the Foundation’s 1829 Legacy Society.

The variety of planned gifts that have been pledged to our Foundation are as diverse as our parish. Some have pledged to tithe their estates. Others have chosen to remember the Foundation in their wills or through designations from retirement funds. Others have created trusts that will benefit the church through the Foundation. While their ages have ranged from their thirties to their eighties, the common thread has been their desire to support the mission and ministry of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Named funds may be established in perpetuity with planned gifts of $250,000 or more.


Ways to Support

The Foundation’s 1829 Legacy Society encourages and recognizes planned gifts to the Foundation. These planned gifts will grow the Foundation’s endowment. The Foundation Board also encourages current gifts to the Foundation in the form of cash or cash equivalents including IRA direct distributions, gifts of appreciated securities, and other assets. Other current gifts are often contributions that are in memory of or honoring a parishioner. There are many efficient ways to give including a will or bequest, life insurance and annuities, retirement funds and IRAs, a gift of appreciated assets, charitable trusts, retained life estates, or cash.

Foundation Leadership

The Foundation Board, made up of St. John’s members, includes the Rector and the Senior Warden as ex-officio voting members.

Current Board members include: The Rev. David Killeen (Rector), Charley Redding, Susan Cassedy, Bill Moor, Ray Bye (Chair), Sarah Ball Miller, Nan O’Kelley (Secretary), Lina Knox, Lo Bielby, Anne Ervin Rowe (Treasurer) and Doug Sessions (Senior Warden).

For more information about serving on the St. John’s Foundation Board, please contact Ray Bye, Foundation Chair.

More Information

If you have questions about joining the 1829 Legacy Society, planning giving, or anything else related to the St. John’s Foundation, please contact Foundation Board Chair Ray Bye at or (850) 509-1654.

Read more below about how additional support in the form of planned gifts would make a significant impact on the programs enhanced by annual grants from the St. John’s Foundation.