About Us

“The American Friends of Christ Church was organized as a recognized U.S. charity some 15 years ago.  Since that date, the American Friends has been the entity through which US resident alumni and friends may make tax deductible donations to Christ Church, either in support of the Annual Fund or to help various major projects.

Peter Paine Jr, President of the American Friends of Christ Church

At the same time, the American Friends Scholarships were established.  These permit any graduate of a North American university to pursue graduate studies at the House in any discipline.  Support of these scholarships has always been a major focus of the Annual Appeal.  Today some half a dozen scholars are normally in residence.  Generous support of alumni has been such that one American Scholarship is now fully endowed.

Over the years, some $11 million has been raised by US alumni.  $1.7 million having come via the Annual Appeal of which $900,000 was for Scholarships.

All of the Directors and Officers of the American Friends act on a pro bono basis and the considerable administrative tasks are all handled by my able Executive Assistant, Cindy Monty.  We all work hand in glove with the Development and Alumni Office at the House. Thank you everyone.”

Peter Paine Jr, President of the American Friends of Christ Church


Philippa joined Christ Church in May 2021 as Development Director after working in the charity field for over 25 years.  Nine of those years were spent as the Development Director at Jesus College, Oxford.  Philippa has also held senior development roles at Radley College, the Zoological Society of London and Earthwatch Europe.

Philippa Robers, Development Director

Mark Coote, Director of Development