The History of Christ Episcopal Church
Four general histories and a series of articles about specific episodes in the history of Christ Episcopal Church are available online. Thomas Mundy, Jr., the son of The Rev. Thomas Mundy, vicar from 1936 to 1946, compiled a history from the beginnings in 1871 until 1943. The Rev. Henry I. Louttit, Jr., rector of Christ Church, compiled a second history from the beginnings until 1974. Nancy Curtis, a parishioner, compiled a third history from the beginnings to 1989. Dr. Joseph Tomberlin, a parishioner and Professor of History Emeritus at Valdosta State University, wrote a fourth history from the beginnings until 2012.
These documents are available at the links below:
Starting in February, 2009, Dr. Tomberlin wrote monthly articles about episodes in the church’s history that were published under the series title of “Christ Church Looks Back” in the issues of The Vineyard. Articles published before April 2013 are archived in the “Vineyard” section of our “About Us – Publications” web page.
Dr. Tomberlin’s articles have now been collected and posted together on this new webpage: Tomberlin Church History Articles
In 2021, Dr. Michael M. Black, a parishioner and the Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Valdosta State University, began writing a series of historical articles in connection with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Episcopalians in Valdosta. Those articles are being posted below:
Black, 2021 – Our 1871 Foundation: Securing Property for the First Episcopal Church
Black, 2021 – Christ Church Kindergarten and Preschool
Black, 2021 – Past and Present Valdosta Episcopal Clergy (with Years of Service to Christ Church, St. Barnabas, or Christ the King) & Clergy Word Search
Black, 2021 – Christ Church Remembrance Book (1964-present)
Black, 2021 – A Year in Review: 150 Years of the Episcopal Church in Valdosta, Georgia 1871-2021
At the passing of Bishop Henry I Louttit, Jr. (past rector of Christ Church), and to keep the historical documentation the services have been linked below.
The funeral of Bishop Henry Louttit was held December 29, 2021 in Savannah as well as the committal at Christ Church Valdosta on December 30, 2021. Bulletins from the funeral of Bishop Henry Louttit in Savannah, the text of the Rev. Lonnie Lacy’s sermon in Savannah, the service bulletin for the committal in Valdosta, and an informal audio recording of one of the songs from that service are available at the links below:
Bulletin from funeral Bishop Henry Louttit in Savannah
Sermon text of the Rev. Lonnie Lacy at funeral of Bishop Henry Louttit in Savannah
Bulletin from committal of Bishop Henry Louttit in Valdosta
Audio Recording of song Siyahamba
The funeral service of Bishop Henry Louttit in Savannah was live-streamed, and is available on the Diocese of Georgia YouTube channel here.