Planned Giving



Following the 1950s Restoration of the church building, many donors and board members wanted to help ensure the continued preservation of St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum.  Since then, St. Luke’s has received a number of estate gifts in varied forms that have helped to grow its investments.

These investments continue to support annual operations and are managed conservatively with tight controls and restrictions. More recently, a newer generation of stakeholders have approached St. Luke’s in sharing their desires to entrust the organization with estate gifts. These gifts have a long-lasting legacy and help ensure this institution, its campus, cemeteries, artifacts, and buildings will endure for generations.

Legacy Funds, or planned giving, provide for the future of Historic St. Luke’s Restoration. These commitments allow us to further our mission of Preservation, Promotion, and Protection, and ensure the legacy for future generations. Including St. Luke’s in your estate plans is an appreciated gift of eternal support and preservation of our iconic, National Symbol of Religious Freedom.

There are two ways you can provide for St. Luke’s in your will: an outright bequest of cash or securities or a residual bequest. Talk with Executive Director Todd Ballance today to explore how to help St. Luke’s for generations to come.

Todd Ballance

Executive Director
[email protected]

Descendants Leaving a Legacy

In 2021, Historic St. Luke’s Restoration and the Bridger Family Association created a permanently restricted fund entitled “The Bridger Family Association Legacy Fund” that is exclusively dedicated to general operations support and future genealogical research. Members of the Bridger Family Association are invited to leave estate gifts to support this Fund.

Descendant families wishing to establish their own Legacy Funds can contact Todd Ballance at [email protected] or by cell at 757-407-8829.

Right: Members of the Bridger Family Association during a visit in May 2022.