Why is VPC conducting a Capital Campaign?

For over 60 years, VPC has been a place where Jesus Christ transforms lives. The people of this congregation have brought the love of Christ to people all over Phoenix through compassionate mission, intelligent classes, insightful preaching and teaching, caring for children, and a commitment to worship and the arts.
But VPC needs a plan and a place for the next 60 years. A New Heart for the Valley Capital Campaign addresses current needs to expand childcare, enhance hospitality, bring worshiping communities together, bless our local mission partners, and create a central area for connection.

What is being done during the capital campaign?

  • The Sanctuary is being remodeled to create a high-quality visual and acoustic environment for all styles of worship.
  • The Fireside Room is being remodeled to be a coffee shop with seating and hospitality space, and will serve as the welcoming hub for the campus.
  • Valley Day School and Children’s Ministry rooms are being expanded and will include a single point of entry and dropoff.
  • The current Choir Room and associated rooms are being remodeled to accommodate VPC’s Student Ministry.
  • The administrative office building is being remodeled to better serve staff and volunteer needs.

Will I be asked to contribute? If so, when?

You will hear about the Capital Campaign through April, and we hope every VPC member and friend will consider making a gift or pledge to the campaign (over and above any Faith Giving) by May 6. Pledges can be paid weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually over three years. We trust that you will seek God’s guidance and grow in faith through giving at whatever level God lays on your heart. Are we giving to mission in this campaign? Yes, absolutely! We want to follow God’s call to be generous to those less fortunate than ourselves. Two of our major mission partners, MentorKids USA and Family Promise, have a vision to expand their ministries to the south of VPC in Scottsdale’s Paiute neighborhood. VPC has a leadership opportunity to make a timely and significant impact in our community.

How much will Phase One renovations cost?*

Sanctuary $2,500,000 - $2,800,000

Nursery, Classrooms, and Student Ministry wing $2,500,000 - $3,800,000

Fellowship Plaza and Landscaping $1,650,000 - $1,650,000

Administrative Offices/Memorial Garden/Facilities $1,050,000 - $1,300,000

Mission: MentorKids USA, Family Promise $1,000,000 - $1,000,000

Contingency, Municipal and Architect Fees $2,000,000 - $2,000,000

Total $10,700,000-12,550,000
*Construction elements allow us to adjust spending based on dollars raised.

What if we don’t raise all the money, will the church take on long-term debt? No.

The master plan is flexible and we will only build in correspondence to the amount raised.

What if we raise more than needed?

What great optimistic faith! Such a generous response would allow VPC to implement Phase Two (and possibly Phase Three), give more to mission, and get closer to a fully realized Master Plan!

Are we replacing the organ?

The 1968 Reuters organ is a great instrument however, certain components are showing severe wear and need to be refurbished. The bellows and pipes will be refurbished where needed and the console will be replaced.  The new console will be moveable thus providing flexible positioning for special events.

Will the sound be improved in the Sanctuary?

Yes.  A Meyer Constellation sound system will be installed and the sanctuary “tuned” in order that, by a touch of a button, the sanctuary will have optimal sound for each type of music, accompaniment, or speech.  Click the following url to see and hear a demo of the system from another church:   Watch

Guide to Joyful Giving!

How much should I give? Please prayerfully consider your best gift possible, over and above your annual Faith Giving commitment. 

When are pledge commitments due?  We’d like to receive commitments on or before Sunday, May 6.   This will allow the church to prudently plan for paying construction costs according to payment expectations.  Please bring your commitments to May 6 worship services in order to dedicate them and celebrate A New Heart for the Valley.  We are happy to receive new commitments after May 6 as well. 

How long will my commitment be? Your commitment may be paid over the next 36 months or sooner if you prefer. 

What if I can’t make a large commitment?  Does it really matter?  Yes.  Every gift counts and your commitment is very important.  Giving to this campaign is an expression of your commitment to God’s vision for the future of VPC.  The church belongs to all of God’s people and it is our hope that the majority of our congregation will take part in this initiative in order to underscore that the renewed campus belongs to all. 

Can I make gift to the campaign through my estate?  If you are 80 years or older, and unrestricted estate gift may be appropriate.  Certain additional paperwork must be completed.  Please contact Kris Bahr at the VPC office for more information.    

If my circumstances change, may I change my commitment?  Yes.  You may change your pledge for any unforeseen circumstances.  Just let VPC know.  

Pastor David Joynt's Call to Commitment Letter


Pastor David Joynt's A New Heart for the Valley Letter







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Late 2016 

  • Master Plan (MP) development commissioned by VPC Session.
  • MP task force of nine VPC members chosen; led by Jim Unruh.


  • Jones Studio chosen for MP design.
  • Congregational survey and Town Hall meetings held for anyone at VPC.
  • Focus Groups held for specific ministry and stakeholder feedback.
  • October: Session approves MP after presentation, discussion, and revision.
  • December: Several generous gifts totaling $2 million committed.


  • January: Session approves Capital Campaign to raise funds for Phase One.
  • Keith Kerber (ordained Presbyterian minister & professional fundraiser) hired to manage the Capital Campaign.
  • February: Valley Presbyterian Foundation pledges $1 million to campaign • Unruhs and Eatons agree to co-chair Campaign.
  • A New Heart for the Valley Campaign kicks off with Lenten sermon series.
  • March: Campaign Committee and staff make presentations throughout VPC community.
  • Early pledges accepted.
  • April: Presentations & Sermon Series continue past Easter.
  • Final letter asking for commitments sent.
  • May: A New Heart for the Valley Commitment Sunday, May 6.
  • Pledges and commitments tabulated, total announced
  • October-January: Window for anticipated start to construction Master Plan Phase One.



Ways to fulfill your pledge:

  • Cash: Gifts can be made via cash or check; or online with credit/debit card or checking account (vpc.church/give, select ‘A New Heart fund’) 
  • Stock: Transferring appreciated stock directly to VPC allows the donor to avoid capital gain taxes 
  • IRA: If you are over 70½, IRA distributions given directly to VPC will not be counted as income (up to $100,000 per year) thus reducing income taxes 
  • Donor Advised Funds: Designate “Valley Presbyterian Church (A New Heart Campaign)” as the recipient
  • Planned/Estate Giving: When certain criteria are met you may be able to make a gift to the campaign through an estate bequest, life insurance policy, charitable annuity or trust instruments, etc.

If you have questions about how you can contribute to A New Heart for the Valley, contact Kris Bahr,  or (480)991-6424 ext. 112.