By Kelsey Crouch-Dodson, Director of Stewardship
More than a decade ago, Westminster Presbyterian Church leaders saw an opportunity to create a bold future for our congregation and community. With substantial financial support, Open Doors Open Futures laid the foundation for the current Enduring Hope campaign.
Early in the Enduring Hope planning process, Session, Trustees, and the Campaign Steering Team chose a conservative total goal of $30 million, based on remaining debt from the major expansion project. The loan from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP) is a 20-year mortgage with significant interest accruing over time. The short-term Thrivent loan had a large balloon payment. In addition, Westminster’s Session adopted campaign mission commitments of $2.2 million.
Thanks to the congregation’s generosity, the Enduring Hope campaign has shown better-than-expected results. Westminster was able to pay off the Thrivent loan more than a year early and payments toward the remaining PILP loan are being made more quickly than anticipated, which has lowered the amount needed to pay down the debt and make the investments in mission. The gap between all pledges and the remaining debt and mission commitments is currently $10.4 million.
As we move toward Westminster’s next chapter with the retirement of Tim Hart-Andersen, Enduring Hope cochairs Pete Cochrane and Joan Dayton invite Westminster members to join in helping close the gap. We all can be part of creating Westminster’s sustainable future by:
- Making an outright gift to the campaign
- Making a multi-year commitment
- Increasing your existing pledge
Every gift matters! If you would like to discuss your giving in more detail, please reach out to Kelsey Crouch-Dodson, Director of Stewardship. Thank you for supporting the church’s growth and helping our congregation continue to thrive for the next 100 years!