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Mary E. Raines, Senior Warden

Mary is from Ashburn, Georgia. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and her law degree from Emory University. For 25 years she was an attorney in Delta Air Lines’ legal department in Atlanta, retiring in 2005. She is currently on the Board of the Friends of the Owens Thomas House, and is a member of Savannah’s Cultural Affairs Commission.

Catherine M. Gussler, CPA, Treasurer

Catherine Gussler was baptized, confirmed, and married at Christ Church.  A graduate of  Vanderbilt University with a degree in biology and a Master's in science education, she currently teaches AP biology at Savannah Country Day School. She is also a CPA and works for several non-profit groups in Savannah as well as for a legal firm. She and her husband Joe have two children, Caroline and Walker. 

DENTON W. STONE, Junior Warden

Denton Stone was confirmed in Christ Church.  He received his B.A. from the UNC at Chapel Hill in Advertising and Psychology. He earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and Marketing from Georgia State University. Denton married Brooke Kelly in Christ Church in 2005. He and Brooke have three girls, Ella, Harris, and Georgia. Denton owns two companies based in Savannah that perform general contracting projects. 

SaraH Jones, Clerk of Vestry

Sarah is Vice-President in Commercial Lending with BB&T in Savannah. She grew up in Orlando and was confirmed at Emmanual Episcopal in Winter Park, FL. She received her BSBA in Economics and her MBA from the University of Florida. She currently serves on the United Way of the Coastal Empire Investment Panel and is active in the Junior League.  She serves on the Diocese of Georgia's Episcopal Youth and Children's Services Committee. 

Bertice Berry

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Dr. Bertice Berry is an award-winning entertainer, author, lecturer and comedienne. She graduated magna cum laude from Jacksonville University in Florida and was awarded the President's Cup for leadership. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University, She has five children and joined Christ Church in 2013. 

 

Spencer R. Burch

Spencer was born and raised in Brunswick, Georgia, and he moved to Savannah in 2003.  Spencer earned both a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech and is now an Engineer at Gulfstream Aerospace.  Spencer and his wife Emily, who sings in the choir and leads our Youth Choir with Timothy Hall, were married in Christ Church in 2015. Spencer is a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a part of our newly developing Young Adult Ministry.

Michael M. Franck

Michael spends his time between Savannah and Washington, DC where he is a founding partner with Franck & Lohsen Architects. Born and raised in Florence, Alabama, he attended Auburn University earning a Bachelor of Architecture. He later earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He joined Christ Church in 2013, served on the 2015 Strategic Planning Committee, and assists with the Church Building Committee.

Laura Lawton

Laura has been a lifelong member of Christ Church, as have all of her family for seven generations. She graduated  Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia,where she majored in physics. Science has been her main interest for many years, but recently she has co-authored several historical books. She has grown two children. She has sung in the choir and serves as a reader. 

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Karen Oelschig

Karen Helmly Oelschig was born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Savannah for most of her formative years. She and Kurt have two children, Christian (14) and Stella (11) who attend St. Andrew's School. Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Georgia in 1989. She started her career in Savannah working in International Logistics. Over the years while advancing her career, she lived in Miami, Charlotte and Atlanta. She moved back to Savannah in 2000 to open the Expeditors International office as the District Manager. Karen is the President of the St. Andrew’s Alumni Association and serves on the board of Women United for the United Way of the Coastal Empire. She was baptized at White Bluff Presbyterian Church. She and Kurt were married at St. John’s Episcopal Church where she was confirmed and joined the Church in 2004. For the past five years, Karen and her family have been an active part of Christ Church where she serves an usher and Christian and Stella acolyte and participate in youth ministry.

Gary M. Radke

Gary is professor emeritus of Italian Renaissance art history at Syracuse University. He and his wife Nancy, an expert on Italian food, moved to Savannah two years ago.  Gary serves as chair of the architectural review committee of the Historic Savannah Foundation.  Their daughter Lydia and son-in-law Ernie live in Connecticut with granddaughter Cecilia. 

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William (Bill) H. Wallace  

Bill Wallace was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi Medical School before receiving postgraduate training in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery. He was in private practice in Jackson for 35 years. He met his wife, Dale, at Millsaps College and married after college. They have two sons: Will, who lives in Savannah and Christopher, who lives in Evanston, Illinois. Bill and Dale moved to Savannah five years ago when they retired and have been active members of Christ Church since that time. Bill has been a Lay Eucharist Minister, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and a co-chair of the Stewardship Committee for the past two years.

Andrew M. Wright

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Andy Wright is an Associate Professor at Savannah Law School where he teaches courses in constitutional and criminal law. He moved to Savannah from Washington, D.C. in July 2012 with his wife Caprice Roberts, and their son, Garrett. Andy was Associate Counsel to the President at the White House. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Louise E. Wyche


Louise Wyche was born and raised in Thomasville, Georgia, and though she was Baptist at the time, she learned to read and write at Good Shepherd Episcopal pre-school.  She received her B.A. degree from Barber-Scotia College, Concord, N.C. and Masters of Library Services from Atlanta University, Atlanta in 1969. After a connection with the Presbyterian Church, Louise's passion for reading and books was part of drawing her to the Episcopal Church and worship, using the Book of Common Prayer.  She was confirmed in the Episcopal Church on March 30, 1991, at the Cathedral Church of St. John, Wilmington, DE.  She moved to Savannah from Chicago in 2000.  Louise has two grown daughters and serves as the Librarian (Head of Reference Services) at Savannah State University. About seven years ago, she first stared visiting Christ Church and says she was welcomed and received warmly and felt like she was a member even while she was still a regular visitor. Louise serves as an usher and was a member of our Strategic Planning Committee.
 

 

 

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Parish Office
18 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Main phone: 912-236-2500

Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 - 1:00