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The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray

Rector

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The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray is the 8th Rector of Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church where he is recognized as a skilled preacher, teacher, and writer. More often he just enjoys being part of a community where is he is recognized at all.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Bill received his BA, magna cum laude, from The University of Memphis with majors in International Economics and English Literature in 1997. Following his undergraduate studies, he served as a full-time youth minister for five years at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church. In working with youth, Bill decided he could handle general insanity and snarky commentary on his work so he pursued ordination to the priesthood. He went to Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, receiving his Master of Divinity degree with honors in 2006. He served as Rector at St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church in Bartlett, Tennessee. Working together with a smart, talented congregation, Bill managed to double the size of the church and build a new space for the congregation adjacent to the diocesan conference center. He then worked in Dallas at Saint Michael and All Angels, one of the largest and therefore most chaotic Episcopal churches in America. He directed a staff of 56 hardworking souls and helped minister to the needs of Saint Michael Episcopal School and their 200 preschool children. A glutton for academic punishment, Bill completed his Doctor of Ministry at Sewanee – The University of the South in May 2017. His thesis was focused on René Girard, non-sacrificial atonement theory, and the Eucharist. Only ask him about it if you want a long and thoroughly dull conversation.

Bill and his wife, Jessie, have two sons, Moses (Mose) and Abraham (Abe). Jessie teaches Spanish to 3-year-olds through second graders at Trinity School. Mose and Abe attend Holy Innocents School. Mose loves Star Wars, violin, piano, and swimming. Abe loves art, dance, life, and chatting with girls. All three are younger and much better looking than Bill.

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The Rev. Lisa M. Zaina

Vicar

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Lisa Zaina received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, and M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. Although she grew up in Ohio, she spent 25 years in Washington, DC and considers it home. While in Washington, she became a telecommunications policy expert and devoted the vast majority of her career to bringing telecommunications services and networks to people and places that were challenging to serve. In her last job before seminary, she served as the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Rural Development at the Department of Agriculture and assisted in the design and oversight of a multi-billion dollar grant and loan program to build Internet networks in rural America.

She was ordained at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. After seminary, she served as Assistant Rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, CT where she was responsible for pastoral care, newcomers, liturgy, and also served as the chaplain to the pre-school.

As the vicar of Holy Innocents’, she works closely with the rector in the management of the parish, as well as participates in liturgy and provides pastoral care to the community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, exercising, and sometimes, doing nothing.

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The Rev. Grady "Buddy" Crawford

Senior Associate Rector

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Buddy earned a BA in History and a BS in Accounting from Mercer University and The University of South Alabama. Most of his career was spent in a local consulting practice as a Senior Consultant for Accounting Software, a Certified Corporate Trainer and the firm’s Vice President of Finance and Administration.

After completing discernment for the priesthood Buddy earned his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory, with a Certificate in Anglican Studies. Ordained a Transitional Deacon in December 2008 at the Church of the Good Shepherd where he served as the seminarian, and then ordained to the Priesthood at the Cathedral of Saint Philip where he accepted his first call as an Assistant for Pastoral Care.

In 2011 St. Luke’s called Buddy as their Associate Priest for Liturgy and Senior Pastoral Care.

Currently, Buddy serves on the Finance Committee of the Diocese of Atlanta, Chair of the Benefits Implementation Committee, is a Member of the Board of the Foundation of the Diocese, and is a faculty member for Fresh Start/Learning 2 Lead, a program for newly ordained clergy and clergy in transition. Buddy is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and assists with laypersons who are discerning possible calls to ordained life.

When he us not working he enjoys reading, walking, cooking, and traveling with his partner Eric. They live in Brookhaven and enjoy the company of their Wire Fox Terriers, Nikki and Sophie.   

David Ajibade

Sexton

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David Ajibade is one of our sextons at Holy Innocents and can be seen most Sundays at the church with a big smile on his face. David also works  at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in facilities maintenance as well as home remodeling. His personal interests are human growth and development, arts, and travel. He enjoys helping others and putting a smile on people's face.

"Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together let no matter put assunder." - JFK

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Adrin Akin

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Adrin Akin has been involved with Holy Innocents for over 3 years. He began his ministry by playing harp in the 6:00PM Celtic Service, then began singing as a stipendiary singer in the choir He holds a BA in Music from Columbus State University, began Master’s work in Music at the University of Georgia, and has taught music in many forms for over 20 years; from infants to adults and everything in-between. He has worked for 4 years as the Music Director at the Suzuki School and has started his second year as the Music Teacher at The Atlanta Speech School. Adrin is very excited to be leading the youth choirs and working with the children of HIEC!

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Caroline Fleming

Parish Administrator

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Caroline grew up in Easley, South Carolina and received her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a major in Economics and German. She received an MA in teaching from Emory University and an MA in Economics from Georgia State University.  Caroline taught Economics, AP Economics, and History at Marist School where she also coached for 15 years and continues to work at the War Eagle Cheerleading Camp for girls ages 5 to 12.  Caroline’s husband, Peter, is from Florida and they have been married 10 years.  He is VP of Business Development at Nease, Lagana, Eden and Culley, Inc.  They have a 9 year old daughter and a soon to be 6 year old son who takes up her “spare time”. Caroline also enjoys traveling, reading and exercising.  At HIEC she serves as the registrar and focuses on lay ministry coordination.

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Kia Harper

Facilities and Special Events Coordinator

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Kia grew up in Sunnyvale, California but moved to Atlanta in 2012. She is the mother of two children- Jordan who is currently a student at UC Santa Barbara and Christian who recently graduated from Edison High School. Kia enjoys cooking for family and friends and going into the community to feed the homeless. She also loves to travel. Her favorite place to be is the nearest beach!

Drake Hudgins

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Coach Hudgins is an Oregon native, played collegiately for Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. Upon graduation he played his professional career overseas in South America. Hudgins and his wife, Amber, have three children, Marya (14), Khalil (9), and Taylah (6) and reside in Cumming, GA.

As the youth director, Hudgins will oversee all facets of the league and is committed to teaching youth the fundamentals of of sport as well as the benefits of exercise, friendship, encouragement and fellowship. Our mission allows us to bridge ministry and sports so that it helps develop the minds, bodies, and spirits of today’s youth so that they may serve their families and community in God’s name.  

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Melody McNeil

Executive Assistant for the Clergy

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Melody joined the HIEC staff in May, 2005. As the first voice people encounter when calling HI, her focus is extending radical hospitality to all who contact Holy Innocents’.  She is part of the Pastoral Care Team and supports clergy and lay pastoral groups and connections.

Melody grew up in northwest Georgia and has lived in Atlanta nearly 30 years. She received a B.S. degree in Social Work from Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and taking fitness classes at the Y. She and her husband, Britt, live in Marietta, are members of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, and have three grown children.

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Megan Petenbrink

Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries

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Megan grew up in Marietta, GA and graduated with a BA degree in Religion from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Throughout college, Megan served as a Resident Assistant to the freshman girls, taught preschool at St. James United Methodist Church, and worked on becoming a Child Victim Advocate for the state of Georgia.

After receiving her BA degree, Megan attended Candler School of Theology where she received her Master of Divinity with a concentration in Justice and Peace Building in 2015. During this time, she served as the Youth Director for John Wesley United Methodist Church in Norcross, GA and spent time volunteering with victims of sex-trafficking.

 After receiving her Masters, Megan worked as the Public Relations Manager for Gathering Industries, a program that rehabilitates homeless men in Atlanta, and the lead counselor at Agape Youth and Family Center, a nonprofit that works with under-priveledged children.

In 2016, Megan found herself called to serve at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. She now serves at Holy Innocents’ as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries.

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Randy Romig

Interim Director of Music

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Randy Romig hails from Pennsylvania, where he studied piano, percussion and organ. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Pennsylvania State University System. Since moving to metro-Atlanta more than thirty years ago, Randy has served as both substitute organist and as interim organist and choirmaster at numerous parishes in the area.

Randy is Auditions Director for the Southeast Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council, as well as sitting on the Board of the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop at Georgia State University. He is Vice President of the Opera Guild for Atlanta and is a member of the Board of Advisors to the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University.

He is owner/manager of Romig Consulting, LLC, specializing in real estate and public affairs for outdoor advertising firms throughout the nation.

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Jess Ruiz

Communications Assistant & Graphic Designer

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Jessica was born in Reseda, California but considers herself to be more of a southern belle, having moved with her parents to Atlanta at the tender age of three. The city life didn't agree with the family, so they moved to Powder Springs and have lived there ever since. She studied Illustration and Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center and enjoys hiking, doodling, and daydreaming.

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Marva Shelton

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Marva Shelton is the Office Assistant, providing administrative support to the Parish Coordinator. Her primary responsibilities include database management, registrar duties and reception. She has a wealth of experience providing support to non-profit organizations and medical institutions, such as project/program coordinator at Morehouse School of Medicine and the United Negro College Fund, as well as office management to physicians in private practice.

Marva grew up in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She attended Howard University and University of Georgia, concentrating in Music Therapy/Music Education. She worked with the Senior Citizens in Fulton County and the developmentally challenged in NY. She is a trained Suzuki Piano Instructor and has taught in local Christian, charter and public schools. She is vocalist of the 20-member, Joe Jennings’ Neighborhood Arts Ensemble Big Band, performing the 5th Sunday Jazz Concerts, 4 pm, at Church of the Incarnation in SW Atlanta, where she is the Jazz Music Coordinator and Children’s Choir Director.

Emmanuel Salawu

Sexton

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Emmanuel Salawu is from Africa (Nigeria). He was four lovely kids, two boys and two girls, named Esther, David, Mirabel, and Emmanuel Jr. Emmanuel studied electronics engineering at Lagos State Polytechnical in 2006. He worked with OANDO Marketing in Gas Station Maintenance from 2009-2015. He moved from Nigeria to New York in 2015 and has lived in Atlanta since 2017. He loves staying in Georgia  and especially workat Holy Innocents as sexton.

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Sally Suhr

Communications Director

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Sally graduated with a BA in English from Wesleyan University and worked in advertising and public relations in New York and Boston before moving to Marietta in 1992. She is married to Scott and they have three adult children. She enjoys reading, running, cooking, and spending time with her family and pets.

2018 Vestry

Jay Mason
Senior Warden

Bill Clark
Junior Warden

Greg Binney
TREASURER
Rick Shunnarah

Assistant TREASURER

Alexandra (alex) Allen
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Brent Farnham
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Marc Howard
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Marilyn Kimball
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Alesa mcarthur
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liza mooney
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Doug Peterson
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Nicole rash
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Lever Stewart
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Thomas Worthy
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Anna Devine
Youth Vestry

Mary - Margaret Perry
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