The Rev. Dr. Bob Dannals
Bob grew up in north Florida, graduated with a BA degree from Florida State University in Religion and Psychology in 1977, and then attended Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 1981 with a M.Div. degree. During his seminary years, Bob served his Clinical Pastoral Education summer at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta. After ordination, Bob served churches in the Carolinas - as Associate at Christ Church , Charlotte, and as Rector of Trinity Church, Statesville, NC; Christ Church, New Bern, NC: and Christ Church, Greenville, SC. It was in Greenville that Bob also served as a leader at Christ Church Episcopal School, a parish-based and parish-owned K-12 college preparatory school. In 2007, Bob became the Rector of one of the largest Episcopal Churches in the country, Saint Michael and All Angels in Dallas, Texas. Immediately upon retirement in the fall 2015, Bob became the Interim Rector of St. Bartholomew's Church in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
In addition to his masters work in theology, Bob has also completed a D.Min. degree at Drew University and a Ph.D at Graduate Theological.
Bob is married to Valerie and they have three adult daughters, two of whom are married, and they have two granddaughters. Bob and Valerie love the life of local congregations, they enjoy the outdoors, many types of music, reading, hiking, and dancing, and Bob especially likes fly fishing, golf, hunting, and boating.
The Rev. Lisa M. Zaina
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.
The Rev. Grady "Buddy" Crawford
Senior Associate Rector
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.
Karen Anderson is originally from a small town outside of Kansas City, Missouri. She attended William Jewell College where she earned a B.S. in Music. She spent her time after graduation teaching ACT Preparation, tutoring, coaching Science Knowledge Bowl, and working as an instructor for Academy of Christian Theatre in Kansas City.
Karen has been pursuing a call to ministry since 2013 by “getting her feet wet”, serving as Co-Director of Children at Journey Covenant Church in Kansas City for two years before heading to New Zealand to serve as the Youth Coordinator and Ministry Assistant for Taranaki Cathedral. While in New Zealand Karen worked with Bishop’s Action Foundation coordinating a rural program for at-risk youth.
Karen is attending Candler School of Theology in pursuit of her Master’s of Divinity.
When she’s not studying, working, or in class, Karen enjoys reading, attending theater and music performances, and drinking coffee.
David Brensinger is a native of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, (just outside Philadelphia). He began his first “church job” when he was 14 years old, serving as the organist for a Presbyterian Church. His undergraduate degree in Music Education is from West Chester University and, after five years teaching public school music, he returned to graduate school and received his Masters in Church Music is from Westminster Choir College. He has been at Holy Innocents’ since 1987. He is married to Anita, who is on the music faculty at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, and they have one grown daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and trying to get his golf handicap below 16!
Austin Clark joined the staff of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta in August 2017 as Assistant Organist where he accompanies the Schola, Chancel Choir, and RSCM-affiliated Treble Choirs in weekly liturgies. He previously served as Organist-Choirmaster at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Carrollton, Georgia, where he oversaw the renovation of the parish’s historic Pilcher and Sons pipe organ, established a music program firmly rooted in the Anglican Choral tradition, and formed the Compline Schola. He has served parishes in the Dioceses of Florida and Atlanta. A student of Dr. Jack Mitchener, he studied Organ Performance at Mercer University, and has also studied with Dr. Michael Corzine. He has worked under leaders in the field as Organ Scholar and recently co-directed the RSCM Tulsa training course. An active recitalist, Austin has performed throughout the Southeastern United States. He is a member of The American Guild of Organists and The Association of Anglican Musicians.
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.
Irma is a native of Mexico, having come to Atlanta in 1994. After transferring her degrees and certifications here, she began teaching. Currently, she teaches at Stewart Middle School in Douglasville. A member of The Good Shepherd in Austell, GA, she has been active in all aspects of the parish, including two choirs.
Facilities and Special Events Associate
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!
Director of Music for Young Children
Suzanne Logue is in her 26th year as a middle school choral director, currently at Hightower Trail Middle School in the Cobb County School District. She is also active as an accompanist for area school and community choirs, and for events with the Georgia Music Educators Association. Suzanne is originally from southwest Georgia, but now calls Woodstock "home."
The Reverend Becky McDaniel comes to Holy Innocents from the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, where she has served a curacy at both Trinity Episcopal Church and Stuart Hall School in Staunton, Virginia. Prior to attending seminary at The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Becky taught English and Language Arts in both public and private schools and owned and operated two yoga studios that included an emphasis on therapeutic yoga and mindfulness, which she has incorporated into her ministry as a school chaplain.
Becky’s interests include contemplative spirituality, interfaith dialogue, and evolutionary theology. She believes strongly in the ministry of healing and has offered therapeutic yoga to individuals with autism, anxiety, and dementia. She earned a B.A. in English at the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education at Vanderbilt University. During seminary Becky worked as a chaplain at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee and as an intern with the sisters of the Community of St. Mary in Sewanee, Tennessee. Becky has two daughters, Laura (12) and Lilly (9), who will attend Holy Innocents in the fall.
Executive Assistant for the Clergy
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.
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
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.
Communications Assistant & Graphic Designer
Jessica was born in Receda, 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.
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.
Alexandra (alex) Allen
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