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  • Our beginning... On a Sunday afternoon in 1907, Dr. Thacker, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, was visiting a sick member of his congregation who lived in the new development of Fairmont Park . Walking down the unpaved road, he came upon a group of boys playing baseball on a corner lot. He asked if they would rather continue playing ball or if they would like to go to Sunday School. They replied, “There ain’t no Sunday School out here.” From this idea Lafayette Presbyterian Church was born. 

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Membership & Evangelism "Dinner Night Out" group meeting Friday, February 21, 2014, at Sunrise Pizzeria Family Restaurant (1370 S. Military Hwy., Chesapeake) at 6:00 P.M. We had a great time! Happy Birthday Betty! See you all next time!










October 1, 2013

Vita for Dr. Edward A. (Ted) Hanawalt D. Min. Born in Detroit Michigan Dr. Hanawalt was educated in the public schools and graduated from Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky; where he met his wife to be, Betty Lee Basham of a Dublin, Maryland. The summer after Betty was graduated from Asbury Ted and Betty were married. They set up housekeeping in Dallas, Texas where Ted enrolled in at Dallas Theological Seminary and Betty found employment as a clerk typist for a local investment company. They joined the First Presbyterian Church, Dallas and quickly became the sponsors for the church's thriving youth program. In a few months Ted was hired as a Student Associate at the church and came under care of Dallas Presbytery, of the Presbyterian Church in the United States as a candidate for the ministry. Later at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary he was called as Student Associate at the First Presbyterian Church, Louisville. Kentucky. Upon graduation from seminary and ordination Ted was called to be the Regularly Install Pastor the First Church, Louisville. While pastoring Ted took a reserve commission in the U. S. Navy in order to become the chaplain for the 47th Marine Reserve Rifle company of Louisville. Eight months after receiving this commission he was involuntarily called up to active duty for three years. The three years became 27 during which Ted was advanced from Lieutenant Junior Grade to Captain and served on ships in duties which range from ships chaplain fleet chaplain. Ashore he served as battalion chaplain (USMC), junior chaplain, brig chaplain, base chaplain, area chaplain (Republic of the Philippines) and major claimant chaplain, U. S. Navy Reserve Force. While serving in the Navy Ted continued his education at the Navy War College, Newport, Rhode Island and McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois where he received a Doctor of Ministries degree. Upon retirement from the Navy he took Interim Ministry

Training and served as an Interim Minister in Louisiana (five churches), Tennessee, Mississippi and Virginia. In 1998 Dr. Hanawalt received a call to be the Regularly Install Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Bay St. Louis. Mississippi where he served until 2005. In 2005 after suffering as victims of hurricane Katrina Ted and Betty accepted a call to Thalia Trinity Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia as Interim Pastor. He also served as Chaplain of The Memory Center, in Virginia Beach, an Alzheimer's treatment facility. Ted has also served as Parish Associate for Providence Presbyterian Church and Wycliffe Presbyterian Church in this presbytery. In 2012 he was elected commissioner to the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, from the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia. On October 22, 2013, at the meeting of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia Dr. Hanawalt will be honored for 55 years of faithful ordained service as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament. Dr. Betty Lee Basham Hanawalt, MCI, MSW, PhD is an indispensable component of this ministry. She is a psychotherapist, social worker, educator, executive, author, thespian, sacred musician, mother, and navy wife. She has taught classes from fifth grade to university level, served as department head for the social work department of two hospitals, she has directed the Family Advocacy program for a large naval base. After leaving private practice she recently has joined the Family Advocacy program at Oceana Naval Air Base as a counselor. Ted and Betty have three children, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.