Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc.
P.O. Box 24
Irvington VA 22480-0024
Mission Statement

To preserve Robert Carter’s gift of old Christ Church, Lancaster County, Virginia, and its ancient churchyard in its dignity and beauty, to care for its surroundings, and to record and tell its history and that of its people, that this legacy of our common heritage may be a source of learning and inspiration.

Web and Social Media
Historic Christ Church
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Douglas E Walker
Board Chair Steven D. Harris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 24
Irvington, VA 224800024
Telephone 804 438-6855
Fax 804 438-5186
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1958
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $396,740.00
Projected Expenses $486,692.00

To preserve Robert Carter’s gift of old Christ Church, Lancaster County, Virginia, and its ancient churchyard in its dignity and beauty, to care for its surroundings, and to record and tell its history and that of its people, that this legacy of our common heritage may be a source of learning and inspiration.


During 2012, the Foundation commissioned and completed an updated structure report as a follow up to the Historic Structure Report of 1994. The work outlined in the long-range preservation plan of the original report has been completed. The 2012 report contains a long-range plan that assures continuity and comprehensiveness in the Foundation’s mission of preservation. In addition, 2012 saw the completion of exterior painting of the church building and cleaning and sealing of its extensive brick wall. The museum continued to update both physical and digital presentations. The Research Department embarked on a project to digitize and catalog its library of research volumes and original documents and maps. Strong financial results bolstered by the recovery and growth in the financial markets and donor support continues to sustain the Foundation’s mission.

In 2013 and beyond the Foundation will embark on the completion of the work sighted in the 2012 Structure Report. Immediate priorities include extensive repairs, or possible replacement, of the century old slate roof and addressing drainage issues impacting the church’s foundation. The Education Program will expand its efforts to provide history programs in a relevant and enticing format to the students of the Northern Neck of Virginia and Foundation visitors. Technology will provide the methods to enhance the experience both on campus and through Internet access around the world. Research will continue the digitization project and many research projects and publications currently in progress.

In 2014, the Foundation entered into a contract to replace the church's slate roof by year's end. A "Raise the Roof" campaign seeking support through grants, public donations and fund raising events has been launched to raise the $243,176 contract amount. As of September 2014, the campaign has raised much of the funds with the hope to reach 100% of the goal by late 2014 or early 2015. 
Needs The foundation seeks support to fund specific programs and projects and to build the endowment in support of future needs. Current projects include educational outreach in support of local students and technology to reach the web based audience, restoration and preservation projects outlined in the 2012 Structure Report and the ongoing needs of the Foundation and its mission.
The Foundation for Historic Christ Church is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Christ Church, Lancaster County, Virginia, completed in 1735. The Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc. was founded in 1958 for the purpose of restoration and preservation.

An active education program serves approximately 1,000 school children and includes special tours and after-school programs. The foundation also conducts periodic teachers’ institutes, offers seminars and workshops to the community, conducts special tours for college and graduate school students, architects, preservationists, archaeologists and historians, and provides continuing education for its corps of 250 volunteers.


Researches have produced many significant publications and maintain a database containing over 39,000 records of Carter descendants.


The foundation has completed extensive archaeology uncovering many objects displayed in the museum. The foundation has in place plans for additional archaeology as and when funds become available.


The Campus includes the Church, an 18thcentury mode herb garden, a modern-day burial ground, the Carter Reception Center, Chase Administrative Center and Bayne Conference Center all set on 36 acres of land.


The Church is open to visitors daily and in 2012, 13,570 people visited the site. The Church is available to community organizations for special services and couples and families of any denomination may arrange to use the church for weddings, funerals and baptismal services.


The Carter Reception Center encompasses the museum/gallery, a gift shop and a research facility. The Chase Administrative Center contains a volunteer library and administrative office space. The Bayne Center provides facilities for educational programming, foundation meetings and special events.

Today, a staff of four fulltime professionals works with over 250 volunteers who serve on the Foundation’s board of directors and committees, function as docents, receptionists and researchers, guide the preservation of the Church; manage the care of the grounds and gardens, run the gift shop and lead marketing and publications efforts.


Each year, the foundation board reviews and carries forward its strategic plan, designed to align with its stated mission, vision and objectives. The annual budget is supported by contributions, grants and revenues from invested assets.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond County
Gloucester County
Lancaster County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
Northumberland County
Northern Neck
Westmoreland County
The Foundation serves all of Virginia's Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Board Chair
Board Chair Steven D. Harris
Company Affiliation Retired
Term May 2017 to May 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Regina Gaskins Baylor Retired
Michael W. Bombay Retired
John C. Bowden IIIRetired
Edward G. Feddeman Retired
Kathleen P. Galgano Retired
Arthur D. Gilbert Retired
Steven D. Harris Retired
R. Page Henley Jr.Retired
John H. Hunt IIRetired
The Right Rev. Shannon S. Johnston Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
David A. Jones Connemara Corporation
The Very Rev. David H. May Grace Episcopal Church
Ronald L. Mihills Retired
Katherine F. Muller Retired
Elizabeth J. Otley Retired
Alexander Smith Jr.Retired
Dr. Pamela A. Ward Retired
Elizabeth H. Woods Retired
Jill M. Worth Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Douglas E Walker
Former CEOs
Ms. Clare Adams May 2015 - May 2016
Mrs. Camille E. Bennett Jan 2005 - May 2015
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 250
Retention Rate 75
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2016
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Trust For Historic Preservation1971
National Register of Historic Places - Listed Property1962
Award of Merit for Best Practice in K-12 Architectural EducationAmerican Architectural Foundation2006
Annual Archaeology Award - Runner UpCouncil of Virginia Archaeologists2005
Description FHCC programs include: 1) preservation of Christ Church, a pristine 1735 Georgian brick church, which is "as it came from the hands of its builders;" 2) a museum presenting artifacts and displays that illuminate the story of the church, its benefactor Robert "King" Carter and his immediate family and parish life c. 1735; 3) daily tours for visitors guided by trained, knowledgable docents; 4) special group tours by pre-arrangement guided by costumed, trained docents; 5) SOL framed on-site and classroom programs for schools; 6) year-round programs for children featuring age appropriate participatory interpretation of early 18th century life colonial life; 7) lifelong learning for adults focused on colonial history 8) historic research focused on the religious, political and cultural circumstances of Virginia and the Northern Neck in the late 17th- and early 18th-centuries; 9) archaeological exploration of lands surrounding Christ Church.
Long Term Success Completed comprehensive conservation of the sarcophagi of Judith Armistead, Betty Landon and Robert "King" Carter, which date from 1699, 1719, and 1732 respectively, to be completed in 2005; completed comprehensive preservation of two additional sections of the entablature.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $396,740.00
Projected Expenses $486,692.00
Endowment Value $691,292.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$134,551$170,246$373,903
Investment Income, Net of Losses$285,290$216,719$178,829
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$2,932
Revenue In-Kind$13,729$9,537$78,717
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$424,513$418,634$398,307
Administration Expense$135,511$130,479$118,565
Fundraising Expense$59,423$107,476$72,484
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.810.711.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%64%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue42%63%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,239,441$7,347,940$7,894,216
Current Assets$126,575$169,448$138,125
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$11,695$20,623$44,564
Total Net Assets$7,227,746$7,327,317$7,849,652
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.828.223.10
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View