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Rev. Dexter Sutton Brewer, Pastor -

Father DexterA diocesan priest, Father Dexter Brewer became the fifth pastor of Christ the King in September 2007 after 13 years as the pastor of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Decherd, Tennessee.

A Chattanooga native, Father Brewer is one of seven children. He grew up in a musical home where the children learned to play piano at a young age. As a teenager, he landed a job playing piano at a Baptist church where he was baptized. He first attended Mass when he was a student at Yale University. He describes it as "one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I could feel the presence of the Spirit there."

He began to attend Mass regularly and was confirmed during his freshman year. By the time he earned a bachelor's degree in music history and theory, he was considering the priesthood and law school. He decided to attend law school at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he could consider both vocations. He earned his law degree in 1982 and clerked for a Tennessee Supreme Court justice for one year. By then, his call to the priesthood was clear and he returned to Notre Dame to study theology. He completed his studies at St. Meinrad in 1989 and was ordained at Nashville's Cathedral of the Incarnation.

Following ordination, Father Brewer taught at Father Ryan High School and served St. Henry's parish for three years before moving to Washington, D.C., to study canon law at Catholic University. While there, he ran his first marathon. Now an avid runner, he has completed many marathons around the world.

In addition to his service as pastor of Christ the King, he serves as both judicial vicar and vicar general for the Diocese of Nashville.


Rev. John Hammond, Parochial Vicar -

Father John Hammond was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Nashville on July 26, 2014, part of the largest class of priests ever ordained for the Diocese. He attended seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he earned the Bachelor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts degrees. At the Josephinum, Father Hammond served in various leadership roles, including as president of the student body, Master of Liturgical Ceremonies, Deputy Director of Human Formation, and representative to the Board of Trustees.

Before entering seminary, Father Hammond had a successful career as a church musician, serving as Assistant Organist/Choirmaster at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas, and as Organist and Carillonneur at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas. He has played the organ and conducted choirs in many of the largest and most historic cathedrals in Great Britain.

Father Hammond received the Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from The University of the South in Sewanee in 2006, with majors in music and Latin literature, and a minor in ancient Greek. While at The University of the South, Father Hammond functioned in multiple leadership capacities, including serving as head of student government, and as a member of the University's Board of Trustees. He also holds the Master of Sacred Music degree summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University, where he studied organ and sacred music.

Father Hammond was received into the Catholic Church in 2003 by Fr. Dexter Brewer at Good Shepherd Church in Decherd. In addition to serving as Parochial Vicar of Christ the King, he also works part-time at the Diocesan Tribunal.



Bob True, Deacon -

Bob True, DeaconBob True was ordained a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church by Bishop Kmiec, on May 14, 1999. He originally became a member of Christ The King over twenty years ago after completing a three year course and being commissioned a Lay Pastoral Minister. He was asked by the then new pastor, Father Mallett, to help launch the RCIA process for the parish. Prior to coming to Christ The King he was a member of St. Henry's Parish where he taught Adult Education, served on fund raising projects and served on the Parish Council. He is a founding member of the Lay Retirement Board for the Diocese, has been active in the Cursillo movement, served on the committee responsible for implementing parish councils after Vatican II, is a member of the Diocesan RCIA committee, the Diocesan Stewardship and Development Committee, and the Diocesan Lay Retirement Board. He and his wife, Shirley, worked as a team couple in the Search program for teenagers for many years and were one of the original team couples on the Weekends for Engaged Couples.

Bob's ministry at CTK includes RCIA, marriage preparation, weddings, marriage enrichment, and spiritual direction. Bob was a financial consultant by profession, but is now full time at Christ the King. He has been married for more than fifty years to Shirley Landrum True, who has been supportive and participative in all his ministry. They have five children, two of whom are members of CTK, and fifteen grandchildren.


  David Lybarger, Deacon -

Dave LybargerDavid Lybarger has been a member of Christ the King Parish since 1988. He was ordained deacon in June 2006 and is currently involved in the Schola Pacis, a men's quintet, Parish Nursing , and Basic Communities. He also serves as a catechist for RCIA.

Dave and his wife Cindy have four children, all graduates of Christ the King School, the last two of whom are still at Father Ryan High School.

  Andy McKenzie, Deacon -

Andy McKenzie Andy was born on March 25, 1949 in Nashville, TN. at the old Saint Thomas Hospital, the second of six sons to Deacon Joseph (1st Permanent deacon at Christ The King) and Winifred Watson McKenzie (Founding director of St. Patrick family shelter).

He attended Saint Edward School in the first grade and then attended Christ the King in the 2nd through 8th grades. He graduated in 1968 from Father Ryan on Elliston Place. After one year at Middle Tennessee State University, he entered the army and received an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant E5 in December of 1971. He married Polly Boner on February 13, 1971 while on leave from the army. He has been happily blessed with six children, all who attended Christ the King. He also has ten loving grandchildren.

After a cursillo, ministry formation, many retreats and much prayer and discernment he decided to enter the deaconate training program. He was ordained a permanent deacon in May, 1999 and was assigned to assist at Christ the King.

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  John Krenson, Deacon -

John Krenson John was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1999 and served at the Cathedral of the Incarnation from 1999 through 2013. John returns to his roots at Christ the King where he was baptized and confirmed and attended school through the 8th grade. John graduated Father Ryan High School and Marquette University before returning to Nashville. He has worked in manufacturing and has been a local entrepreneur as well as an officer in the Tennessee Army National Guard. HIs military service includes tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as service in response operations following Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. John has been married to wife Carrie for over 20 years and they have two children

Prior to the Diaconate, John's lay ministry included work on the Renew planning committee, Communications Chair of the Cathedral Parish Council, Chair of the Cathedral Parish Council, Room In the Inn coordinator, and lector. As a Deacon, John has served as a retreat leader, taught RCIA and Adult Education, baptism preparation, marriage preparation, and personal ministry.

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Brian Schulz, Deacon -

Brian and his family have been members of Christ the King since 1988. He was ordained a permanent deacon in June 2014. He is a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 12256 at Christ the King, served as a member of the Parish Council, lector, Extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, sacristan, and currently is involved with the Baptismal preparation program.

Brian has two children, both of whom attended Christ the King. His daughter is a graduate of St. Cecilia Academy and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
His son Clayton graduated from Father Ryan High School and is a student at
Western Kentucky University.


Our Staff




Nancy Rohling, Parish Coordinator -  








  Lucia Huskey, Director, Music and Liturgy -






Kathy Skinner, Director of Children and Youth Formation -  







 Joceline Lemaire, Director of Adult Formation -







Dawnne Stephens, Business Manager -  





Mike Howington, Campus Manager -  




  Patrick Odwar, Maintenance Assistant





CTK School Staff

Sherry Woodman
Sherry Woodman, Principal -
Jeanette Vogt, Director of Advancement -
Valerie Grzybowski, Secretary -

Don Boehm, Vice Principal, IT Director -


Sherry Woodman
Principal, Christ the King School




Parish Pastoral Council
Rev. Dexter Sutton Brewer

Members of the Parish Pastoral Council: Father Dexter Brewer, Pastor & Chairman; Sherry Woodman, School Principal; Kathy Skinner, Formation Director; Bob True, Deacon; Tom Shumate, School Board Chair; Lucia Huskey, Director Liturgy & Music; John Krenson, Deacon; Dave Lybarger, Deacon; Andy McKenzie, Deacon; Brian Schulz, Deacon; Nancy Rohling, Parish Coordinator; Jeanne Stejskal, Finance Board Chair; Brett Wesnofske, Campus Committee; Patout Burns, Parishioner; Terry Casey, Parishioner; Cindy Lybarger, Parishioner; Thomas Meyer, Parishioner; Patrick Pruett, Parishioner; Heads of Ministries: Peace through Justice, Cursillo, Room in the Inn, Respect Life, Stewardship, Knights of Columbus, Youth Group, Women’s Council.

Parish Council Meeting Minutes

Parish Council Meeting, February 12, 2014 - click here



Finance Board
Jeanne Stejskal

The Pastor appoints the members of the Finance Board in accordance with diocesan statutes after receiving recommendations from the current board and the Parish Council. The Finance Board monitors the accounting and reporting systems of the parish, review monthly the parish financial reports, develops the annual budget for approval by the Parish Council, approves all capital projects in excess of $10,000, reports annually to the parish on the financial condition of the parish and fulfills other responsibilities as detailed in diocesan statutes.

The current members of the finance board are: Jeanne Stejskal, Chair, Mary Ann Collins, Barbara Coursey, Rick Deckbar, Flynn Doyle, Katie Holmes, Thomas Meyer, Leonard Pogue, Richard Rodgers, and Brett Wesnofske.

Ex-officio members of the Finance Board are: Rev. Dexter S. Brewer – Pastor, Sherry Woodman – Principal, and Dawnne Stephens – Business Manager

  • CHANGES IN TAX LAWS: On January 1, 2007 a new provision regarding cash contributions went into effect. The law states that individuals who want a tax deduction for cash contributions they make to tax-exempt organizations must prove their donation. Therefore, the organization that received the donation must provide a receipt for all cash donations regardless of the amount. Taxpayers who previously claimed a charitable deduction for estimated cash offerings to churches throughout the year will no longer be able to deduct their estimates. In order to provide you with a receipt at the end of the year, cash contributions must be made in an identifiable form. If you wish a receipt at the end of the year for your cash donations, please use the envelope system or put cash in an envelope with your name and address.

  • THE PARISH FINANCE BOARD has approved a change in the amount which qualifies a family for participating member status used to determine eligibility for reduced tuition rates at Christ the King School and Diocesan high schools, as well as for use of parish facilities Beginning in 2008, this status is based on a minimum of $950 in annual offertory contributions. The $950 amount is not an absolute requirement; we ask that people give regularly in proportion to income to qualify.

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Church History

Old Frame ChurchSoon after his arrival in Tennessee, the Most Reverend William L. Adrian, Bishop of Nashville, established the Parish of Christ the King to serve the needs of the rapidly growing Catholic population in the southwestern section of the city,

The Diocese purchased property at 3001 Belmont Boulevard, which included a two-story brick house, on May 10, 1937. The Bishop wrote a letter to Father Joseph E. Leppert, dated June 14, 1937, advising him of his assignment to the new parish. The official document creating the parish of Christ the King was dated July 6, 1937. Official installation of the pastor was to take place on July 26, the day after the celebration of the first Mass in the temporary chapel.

Construction of a new frame church began during the same month and was completed two months later. The brick house served as chapel, school, parish house, recreation hall, and community center until the new school was opened on September 3, 1946. With the completion of the new school, the brick house was renovated and used as a residence for the pastor. On August 11, 1953, Rt. Rev. Thomas P. Duffy, former pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Nashville, was appointed pastor of Christ the King, replacing Father Leppert who had been assigned to Little Flower Church in Memphis. Plans for the construction of an addition to the school, a new rectory, and a new church were made soon after Father Duffy’s appointment.

Church PlansBy January 1955 the addition to the school, consisting of four classrooms, lobby, and an auditorium/gymnasium, had been completed; and in April 1955 ground was broken for the new church and rectory. In December of that year, just in time for the celebration of Father Duffy’s Silver Jubilee, the rectory was completed. The old two-story brick structure, which through the years had served so many purposes, was then razed, and construction of the new church began. On the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1956, the cornerstone of the church was laid “to the Glory of Christ the King.”

Father DuffyFather Duffy died in residence on February 6, 1970. Rev. Msgr. Daniel S. Richardson was assigned Pastor of Christ the King Church on January 28, 1970. With great compassion for human suffering and frailty, Monsignor Dan quietly helped many hundreds of families and individuals whose spiritual care had been entrusted to him during his seventeen years at Christ the King. On June 30, 1987, Monsignor Dan Richardson retired as Pastor of Christ the King. Just prior to his retirement, on June 19-20, 1987, Christ the King held its Fiftieth Anniversary celebration, with dinner at Opryland Hotel on Friday evening and with Mass and a barbecue dinner on the parish grounds Saturday evening.

Rev. James K. Mallett, former Chancellor of the Diocese, became the fourth Pastor of Christ the King Church on July 1, 1987, as the parish celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Fr. Mallett appointed a new principal at the School, Alice Seigenthaler Valiquette, and over the next 20 years Christ the King Parish flourished under his able leadership.

On the sixtieth anniversary of the parish, during a Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec, Bishop of Nashville, Father Mallett announced a capital project and fund-raising campaign to improve the facilities of the church and school campus. After six months of campaign preparation parishioners had pledged more than $2,750,000 by the Feast of Christ the King 1997. The new Parish Center and extensive renovations to the school were dedicated on the Feast of Christ the King in 1999.

When Mrs. Valiquette retired in the summer of 2003, Fr. Mallett appointed Dr. Christine Caron Gebhardt as new Principal of the school. Dr. Gebhardt was no stranger to the parish, having served as Director of Religious Education from 1991-2001. After earning her PhD at Vanderbilt, she taught at Seattle University in Washington, before returning to Nashville to serve again at Christ the King.

Rev. James K. Mallett retired as fourth Pastor of Christ the King Church on July 1, 2007, after serving the parish for 20 years. Fr. Mallett returned to his native Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he currently resides. He teaches courses in International Law at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and serves as Catholic Campus Minister there for the Diocese of Knoxville.

Father Dexter - School MassMost Reverend David R. Choby, Bishop of Nashville, appointed Rev. Dexter Sutton Brewer as fifth Pastor of Christ the King, effective August 1, 2007, after he had served 13 years as Pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Decherd, Tennessee. Fr. Dexter and Fr. Mallett enjoy several things in common—both are from Chattanooga, both have law degrees and have served on the Diocesan Tribunal, and both share a love of music and books. From the day of his arrival at Christ the King, Fr. Dexter has been kind enough to share his musical talent as a violinist with parishioners through participation in the liturgy and at small concerts.

Fr. Dexter has also delighted parishioners with his love of running and his marathon adventures from around the globe. His inability to stand still for very long has also resulted in new activity around Christ the King’s campus. Consideration was given early on for a capital campaign and building project to replace the old gym and junior high classroom wing with new and improved facilities for the school and parish. Fundraising began in February 2010 with a goal of $4,000,000, and groundbreaking took place on July 23, 2010, after that goal had been essentially met. Construction is now underway on the new facility, with an estimated completion date of spring or summer 2011.

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Church exterior

The Design of Christ the King Church

Designed by John Harwood of Woolwine, Harwood and Clark, Architectural Associated and constructed by the Boone Construction Company, the church was built in the form of a Latin cross. The style was a modification of the Tudor Gothic Architecture, achieved by using flat roof areas over the transepts in order that all sight lines lead from the main entrance to the sanctuary.

The Bell Tower

The belfry tower rises to 114 feet from ground level to the northeast corner, adjoining the vestibule and houses a three-thousand pound bell. The bell is operated by automatic electric motors. The tower also contains a blower and motor for the three-manuel Kilgen pipe organ that was installed.

The Altars

Altar and CrucifixThe main altar is of black (Portoro) Italian marble with a reredos of green marble (Verde Issorie), surmounted by a bronze crown which constitutes the ciborium or baldachino of the altar. A carved wooden crucifix, with a life-sized corpus of Jesus, is above the bronze tabernacle. The sanctuary is adorned with massive bronze candlesticks which were especially designed for the church by De Prato Studios of Chicago and New York. This studio also supplied the marble and glasswork.

The two side altars, one on each transept, are also of black Italian marble with green marble background. The south altar is graced by a statue of Our Lady of Confidence. The north altar is graced by a statue of Saint Joseph. Both statues are done in Carrara marble, designed by the Italian Studio of De Prato.

The Floor

The floor of the church is done in terrazzo marble laid by Francesco Company. The main aisle has ten prophetic symbols of Christ from the Old Testament, and the sanctuary has the Lamb of God from the Apocalypse, flanked by symbols of the Holy Eucharist.

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stained glass homeInception WindowThe Windows of Christ the King Church

The two 16-foot stained glass windows in the sanctuary take their theme from the Apocalypse, the Second Coming of Christ, and the Woman clothed with the Sun. The Beginning of the Gospel, or south side of the church sanctuary and continuing around the nave, are twenty-six 16-foot stained glass windows depicting the life of Christ from the Annunciation to the Ascension. In the choir loft, three 22-foot stained glass windows represent the Holy Trinity in the Creation of Man, the Redemption, and the Sanctification of the Church. The twelve small windows in the aisles are symbols of the apostles, while the ten 8-foot windows on the transept represent five king and five queens who were also saints.

Stations of the Cross Mosaics

Of special interest in the furnishings of the church are the mosaic Stations of the Cross made in Venice, illuminated by indirect lighting set in cut stone frames.

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The Baptistery and Exterior

Baptistry The area originally built as the baptistery is set off from the main lobby of the church and is located to the south side of the front vestibule. It constitutes an appendage of the church, octagonal in shape and balancing the tower on the opposite side of the vestibule. The small foyer to the former baptistery has a small stained glass window depicting the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Massive gates close off this area which is paved in Verdi Issorie marble. A bronze ambrey is set into the wall on the north side above a table of Portoro marble. The original baptismal font is of black marble, the cover surmounted by a bronze crown and cross. This font is now located on the south side altar of the church, where most baptisms currently take place. The former baptistery was converted for use as a reconciliation room in 2002 with a generous gift from the Women's Council. The materials used on the outside of the church are local brick in order to conform on the outside with school and rectory. The interior walls are of Indiana limestone. The 10-foot figure of Christ was made by Herbert Jogerst of Saint Meinrad’s Abbey in Indiana and dominates the main entrance façade just above the three exterior choir loft windows.


Father Mallett Pastor Emeritus

Fr. James Mallett  is pastor emeritus of Christ the King Church.
His contact information and curriculum vitae may be found at this link.

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Christ the King Church
3001 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37212