St. Thomas Episcopal receives $500K commitment for campus rebuild

St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School has received an up to $500,000 commitment that will go toward rebuilding its campus due to Hurricane Harvey-incurred flood damage. (Rendering courtesy St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School)
St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School has received an up to $500,000 commitment that will go toward rebuilding its campus due to Hurricane Harvey-incurred flood damage. (Rendering courtesy St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School)

St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School has received an up to $500,000 commitment that will go toward rebuilding its campus due to Hurricane Harvey-incurred flood damage. (Rendering courtesy St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School)

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St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School has received an up to $500,000 commitment that will go toward rebuilding its campus due to Hurricane Harvey-incurred flood damage.

Benefactors Judith and Roy Shaw agreed to donate matching funds to rebuild the campus, bringing their total gift to $1 million after the couple’s previous $500,000 donation.

The donations are aimed at helping Saint Thomas complete its $10 million Fulfilling the Promise capital campaign, which kicked off in 2019 to rebuild the campus after more than 70% of the church and school’s facilities were damaged.

“Judith and Roy Shaw’s wonderful gift means we are wrapping up the campaign with a big boost and as the rector, it reminds me how powerfully committed people are to the mission of STE,” the Rev. David Browder said in an April 6 announcement.

To encourage others to give and to close out the capital campaign, Judith and Roy Shaw are matching all new campaign donations through April 30. In total, the campaign has raised $8.5 million.


“I hope people will see the Shaws’ generosity as an incentive to give,” the school’s Headmaster Michael Cusack said in the announcement. “Their matching gift shows STE is a school worth investing in for the future.”

Judith and Roy Shaw have been active members of the St. Thomas Episcopal community since shortly after its founding in 1955. Their family is also involved with daughter and son-in-law Kirsten Shaw Herrscher and Roger Herrscher co-chairing the capital campaign.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School has church programs that include children and youth ministries, adult fellowship groups, parish choir and the Moseley Memorial Music Series. The church’s primary outreach is its school, offering a pre-K-12 education rooted in Christian principles.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.