About Us

Join us for Sunday Worship at 7:30 am and 10 am

Welcome!

We are glad you’re here.  At Christ Episcopal Church you will find a joyful, friendly community committed to growing spiritually and serving the community.  We also just like to have fun together!  We appreciate our history and tradition, but we are not afraid to try new things.

Christ Church is the oldest Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama. We were founded in 1828, and we have worshiped here ever since. In 1831, the University of Alabama held charter ceremonies here. Additions and changes to the church building have taken place over the years: in 1882 the building was enlarged and remodeled from Greek Revival to Gothic Revival style, and the bell tower was added.  Thirty-five stained glass windows add colorful inspiration to the buildings on the property: seventeen in the main church, eight in the music hall, six in the chapel, four in the narthex and a domed ceiling in the chancel.  A new pipe organ (Létourneau Op. 132) was installed in 2018.

We are also home to the Alabama Choir School and the Christ Episcopal Preschool.

Clergy and Staff

Paul

Rev. Paul Pradat

Rector
Emily

Rev. Emily Rowell Brown

Associate Rector
Greg

Rev. Greg Evans

Priest Associate
Hoyt

Rev. Hoyt Winslett

Priest Associate
Barbara

Barbara Steimle

Parish Secretary
Kathleen

Kathleen Franklin

Director of Christian Formation
Doff

Doff Procter

Music Director
Laurel

Laurel Procter

Assistant Music Director
Steven

Dr. Steven Taranto

Organist
Diana

Diana Blount

Membership Coordinator
Dwayne

Dwayne Aull

Facilities Manager
Trinese

Trinese McDowell

Communications Director
Cooper

Cooper Parker

Children's Ministry Coordinator
Jack

Jack Harris

Financial Manager
Blanche

Blanche Gunter

Parish Librarian
Albert

Albert Benderson

Security Manager
Beth

Beth Zark

Preschool Director
Riley

Riley O'Rear

Nursery Coordinator
Nick

Nick Dubose

Outreach Coordinator
Lori

Lori Barrett

Connect Coordinator
Dylan

Dylan Ayala

Security
Gump

Phillip "Gump" Hunt

Security

Vestry

In the Episcopal Church, the vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting.  The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.

Vestry Members

Term expires at the end of 2025
Term expires at the end of 2024
Term expires at the end of 2026