The Rev. John A Mennell

The Rev. John A Mennell

At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, New Jersey we had the distinct privilege of working with J.D. Klote & Associates to help guide us through our capital campaign. We embarked on an ambitious plan that built on our vision of becoming a “cathedral in the community,” where people gathered for a variety of reasons and activities under the embrace of God. Our hope was to make our buildings more accessible and more welcoming while we assured the future of our spaces.


The support that we received from our consultant was superb. Their ever present, ever vigilant, ever caring approach to guiding us through the capital campaign helped us get pledge commitments of more than $1 million. The willingness of our on-site consultant to do whatever it took to help the parish meet its objectives was greatly appreciated.


Most churches are a small operation and having extra hands during a major project encouraged broad participation by others. There are always other things going on as we joyfully seek and serve Christ. Our consultant’s willingness to participate in worship and the life of the community was indicative of the caring and commitment that seems makes J.D. Klote successful.


One of the wonderful things about our experience with J.D Klote & Associates was the training offered to help more people in the congregation talk about money. Money can be an uncomfortable subject but it’s something Jesus talks about all the time. As we look to be good stewards of the resources that we are given is important for us, as we walk in faith, to talk about how we use our money to make a difference in the world to support the work of Christ.


The consultant was a delight to have in our midst, and we miss having him around now that the active phase of our campaign has been completed.


I would strongly recommend J.D. Klote & Associates to any congregation or organization considering a capital campaign.


-The Rev. John A Mennell
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Montclair, New Jersey
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