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.
The Very Rev. Joshua Case
Associate Rector for Mission
Joshua Case is an Episcopal podcaster, micro-blogger, and activist. He is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a professional golf instructor nationally known for his unique way of teaching golf to children as young as four. For years Joshua co-hosted The Nick and Josh Podcast (one of the first podcasts on religion and culture, which reached a listenership of over 250,000 subscribers).
Before moving to Atlanta, Joshua worked for six years in Geneva, Switzerland where he served as the executive director for an international, interfaith youth work and ministry organization. Joshua is currently working on several projects for publication, one of which is entitled: Digital Jesus, Digital Church: Towards the Prophetic Embrace of Digital Media. Joshua has has written for the Huffington post On Religion Blog, is a frequent contributor to Homebrewed Christianity, and collaborates with faith communities to explore Christian formation for the 21st century Christianity and connective leadership practices.
In his spare time Joshua loves to take walks with his wife Laura, cook, and play as much golf as he can.
The Rev. William S. Stanley
The Rev. William Smyth Stanley came to Holy Innocents as curate in the summer of 2015.
A native of Washington, DC, Will graduated with honors from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN (B.A. Religion and Music, magna cum laude, 2012). He grew up at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington where he began to discern a call to the priesthood at a young age. This discernment continued during his time in Sewanee as he went through the ordination process in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, sponsored through All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Midtown.
After college, Will attended seminary at Yale Divinity School, together with its Episcopal component, Berkeley Divinity School. During these three years Will served as seminarian at two distinct parishes: Zion Episcopal Church in North Branford, CT, and then at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Greenwich, CT. While at Yale, he was also a student of the Institute of Sacred Music, an interdisciplinary graduate center that draws a diverse group of students and faculty from the Divinity School and School of Music. A 2004 graduate of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ, music has played a pivotal role in Will’s life and his sense of vocation.
Will was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta on June 20, 2015. At Holy Innocents, he shares in the pastoral, liturgical, and preaching duties of the clergy staff, serves as chaplain to the children's music program, and provides leadership for youth and young adult formation.
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!
Parish Registrar & Outreach Coordinator
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.
Executive Assistant to the Rector
Carol is Executive Assistant to the Rector and has worked for the church since September 2007. A native of New Jersey, Carol graduated with a B.A. in English from Susquehanna University. Subsequent to that she worked in Human Resources for a large insurance company in New York City. In 1988 she and her husband Craig and two children Becky and Andy moved to Sandy Springs where both children graduated from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Carol has been an active community volunteer and currently sits on the boards of several community organizations.
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."
Communications Assistant of Graphic Design
Andre was born in Detroit, Michigan into a military family. He moved around until settling in Powder Springs, GA at the age of 14. He graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in Dec of 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Media Arts and Animation. He enjoys Drawing, Cooking, and going to the movies with friends.
Receptionist & Pastoral Care Coordinator
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.
Facilities Manager & Managing Partner of Mpact servics
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 children - Abby, a teacher in Brooklyn, Dylan - a student at GCSU, and Anna - at SCAD. She enjoys reading, running, cooking and spending time with her family and two golden retrievers.
Susan West began her position as assistant organist at our parish in 1989. After several hiatuses, she now has 20+ plus years of service to Holy Innocents’. She holds a music degree from Pfeiffer College and a nursing degree from Emory University. Her full-time position is as an surigal nurse with the Resurgens orthopedic group. In addition to her work here, she and her children, Graycen and Granger, are active members of our community of faith.
Alexandra (alex) Allen
Mary - Crawford Esslinger