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The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Russell Jones Levenson, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He and Laura, his wife of more than 28 years, have three children; Evelyn married to Jake Vidrine, Jones and Luke. They also have one granddaughter, Genevieve Vidrine.

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 accepted the "Dean's Cross" from VTS.

Dr. Levenson is the author of several articles in various magazines and religious journals, and three books, Provoking Thoughts, Preparing Room, and the newly released Summer Times.

[Updated May 2014]