Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


Rector's Corner

New Life

  • The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
  • May 16, 2019
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Easter is more than one day in Palestine 2,000 years ago. Easter as a season lasts 50 days. Easter is a way of life for us Christians. We tend to hope when things look lost. We have a tenacious belief that death does not get the final say. We also have a tremendous faith that new life can and does bubble up everywhere. In Atlanta in spring, it is easy to see that new life in budding trees and flowers (even if that new life can create havoc for those of us with allergies.)

At Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, I am pleased to say that new life can also be seen in new additions to our staff. I am so excited to announce that we have hired two wonderful new folks:

Camille Waller is our new Parish Accountant. Camille has extensive experience in church and non-profit accounting. She worked for seven years as the accountant at Detroit World Outreach Christian Center, a large, multi-million dollar church with over 5,000 members. She most recently has worked for the Center for Black Women’s Wellness and the Montessori Intown School, both here in Atlanta. The Search Committee was impressed with the width and the breadth of her skill. We have all been delighted in her joyful personality. I am excited to say that Camille will be in the office 20 hours a week to help all of our staff as well as keep a close eye on the budget process. Her work and ministry with us will be invaluable. In her spare time, Camille loves to play with and help raise her grandchildren. She is lucky to have 8 of her 10 grandkids in town. Please join me in welcoming Camille to our staff.

 Thanks to a generous gift to the church, I am able to announce that Renee Stephens is our new Assistant for Children’s Ministries. Renee is an Episcopalian, serving on the Vestry of St. Mary and St. Martha in Buford, Georgia. She also worked for the last several years building and growing their children and youth programs. The Search Committee immediately focused on Renee from the start. Her enthusiastic personality swayed all of us, especially the children who met her during her interview. I can also say that we now have one of the most highly degreed children and youth programs in Atlanta, if not the Southeast. Renee and Megan both have Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. That is the theological degree typically obtained by priests in the church. Renee joins us with her husband, Ben, and their two sons Zechariah, 4, and Samuel, 9 months. Please join me in welcoming Renee and her family to Holy Innocents’!

I am particularly excited to announce both of these hires because they will help us grow as a church. We will be able to welcome new families and enable all of our staff and programs to stretch every dollar given to the church. These are hires that demonstrate a new life and excitement at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church. Happy Easter to all!