The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
The Reverend Dr. Russell Jones Levenson, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He and Laura, wife of over twenty-eight years, have three children, Evelyn, Jones and Luke.*
Dr. Levenson received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 1984, where he was recognized with the college?s top presidential honor, the "President's Student Service Award." He received a Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in 1992. While in seminary, he served at historic Christ Church in Olde Town, Alexandria, Virginia.
Following his graduation from VTS, he served as Assistant Chaplain at The University of the South, Sewanee until he was called to St. Luke's in Birmingham, where he served under the Reverend Dr. John Claypool for four years. He completed his Doctor of Ministry at Beeson Divinity School in 1997. He was called to be the rector of The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1997. In 2002, Dr. Levenson was called as the fifteenth rector of historic Christ Church Parish in Pensacola, Florida. In the fall of 2007, Dr. Levenson became the fourth rector of St. Martin's Church in Houston, Texas.
In 2011, he was awarded Beeson Divinity School's "Distinguished Alumnus" honor. In the fall of 2012, he will accept the "Dean's Cross" from his alma mater, Virginia Theological Seminary.
He is the author of several articles in various magazines and religious journals, and two books, Provoking Thoughts and Preparing Room.
* As of August 2012