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Mar 31, 2011

St. Martin's Rector Receives Distinction from Beeson Divinity School

On Tuesday, March 9, the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. was awarded the distinction of “Distinguished Alumnus of The Year” from Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama.


Dr. Levenson earned his Doctor of Ministry there, after three years of postgraduate coursework and completion of an oral defense of his thesis “Spiritual Formation in the Local Parish.”


Dr. Levenson received a Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham-Southern College in 1984. Upon his graduation, he was awarded the college’s highest service recognition as the recipient of the President’s Service Award. Prior to entering seminary, he worked at Birmingham-Southern as an assistant to the president of the college and later as Minister to Youth at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He received a Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1992.


Following his graduation from VTS, he served as Assistant University Chaplain, under the Reverend Dr. Samuel Lloyd, until he was called as Associate Rector at St. Luke’s in Birmingham, where he served under the Reverend Dr. John Claypool for four years. While in the Diocese of Alabama, he completed his Doctor of Ministry at Beeson Divinity School in 1997.