Church of the Messiah Launches Capital Campaign


For Immediate Release
November 10, 2016

Rhinebeck, NY – The Episcopal Church of the Messiah held a Kick-Off Dinner on October 29th to launch a $6 Million Capital Stewardship Campaign that seeks to address many issues facing the 120-year old iconic landmark stone church located in the heart of the Rhinebeck Village at the crossroads of Montgomery (Highway 9) and Chestnut Streets. Approximately 100 parishioners and invited guests attended the Kick-Off Dinner catered by J&J catering of Red Hook, NY.

messiah-launches-capital-campaign-attendeesAttendees enjoying the Kick-Off Event

The Capital Campaign is being professionally directed by Mr. Ray A. Sim, consultant with James D. Klote & Associates, Inc. of Falls Church, VA in hopes of raising the funds needed to address issues that have been identified in a thorough and extensive examination and analysis of the church structure performed under commission by Studio Kraeher Architects, Inc. of New York, NY.

Mr. Rolando Kraeher, AIA was the principal architect on the project and he was in attendance at the Kick-Off Dinner, which featured several visual display boards of key findings that were reported in a comprehensive Conditions Assessment Report provided to Messiah. The church also intends to restore its historic E.M. Skinner organ that was gifted to the Church of the Messiah in 1921 by Capt. Vincent Astor in honor of his father, Col. John Jacob Astor, a long-time member and benefactor of the church who also served as a church Warden for several years.

It was announced at the Kick-Off event that $950,000 had already been pledged to the Capital Campaign by a relatively few number of church leaders and members. Mr. Sim indicated that “the initial results, with so few people already pledging, are very encouraging and indicative of a very positive and successful Capital Campaign that will involve parishioners as well as the larger community that has a love for this great building, its history and its wonderful organ.”

messiah-launches-capital-campaign-churchIn light of the very positive initial results, the Vestry voted to engage Studio Kraeher Architects, Inc. in moving forward on the project by preparing the construction and bidding documents that will be needed. Mr. Rolando Kraeher is optimistic that the documents will be ready and bids returned in time to take full advantage of the construction season that will begin in the early Spring of 2017.

In the Capital Campaign brochure that has been produced outlining the needs faced by Messiah, The Reverend Richard McKeon, Rector of the Church of the Messiah indicates that “We are now confronted with needs that must be addressed. We have the chance to solve, once and for all, long-standing issues of water infiltration through our roof and walls and the resulting damage to the fabric of our building and our valuable organ. We will meet this challenge as we have met other challenges in our history – with a personal response grounded in prayer, generosity and trust.”

With offices in Falls Church, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Toronto, Ontario, James D. Klote & Associates is the largest full-time, on-site stewardship consulting firm in North America. For additional information, please contact the firm at or (800) 360-2315.


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