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Staff & Leadership

The Rev. Dr. Will Levanway

Priest in Charge


A Portrait of Harry Lawrence

The Rev. Dr. Harry Lawrence

Priest Emeritus

Harry Lawrence graduated in 1949 from Baylor School, Chattanooga. He received a B.S. degree in 1953 from Washington & Lee University, followed by an M.D. degree in 1956 from The University of Tennessee. Harry was a U.S. Naval flight surgeon on active duty from 1958 until 1961. He did his residency in Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic from 1961 to 1967 and holds a post-doctoral M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota. He has practiced medicine in Chattanooga since 1968 and served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Medical School in Chattanooga for 25 years.

Between 1974 and 1978 Dr. Lawrence engaged in Diocesan tutorial studies leading to ordination. In 1978 he was ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood in 1979. He has served as Assisting Priest at Christ Church since 1979. Fr. Harry and his wife Sue have been married for 60 years. They have five children.


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Karla Fowkes

Director of Music

Karla has been Christ Church’s Music Director since 1992. Immediately after college, she studied organ at Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Interest in organ music and building led her to master classes with outstanding, well-known organists.

She holds a master’s degree in organ performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 1988, she, her husband Bruce, and their partner Ralph Richards founded the organ building firm of Richards, Fowkes & Co. 

Karla serves as the chair of the board and an accompanist for the Bach Choir of Chattanooga.

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Betsy Hawthorne Bedwell

Director of Children’s Formation

Betsy is a second-generation teacher who has taught all ages from preschool to adults. She loves sharing the stories of the people of God with the youngest members of the Church.

During the week, Betsy works as a preschool programs evaluator. She is a native of Chattanooga who has lived in Colorado and Spain, but has returned to live in Brainerd with her husband, Eric.

Brian J. Henry

Parish Administrator

Brian started at Christ Church in Advent of 2019, and does not much like writing personal descriptions. 


Vestry

Class of 2021

Barbara Arthur

Ray Barney

Seth Sizer

Class of 2022

Chip Caldwell

Senior Warden

Rachel Lamar

Rebecca Smith

Class of 2023

Troy Eichenberger

Mark Reneau

Charlotte Boatwright