Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


Rector's Corner

We Welcome Six New Staff Members

  • The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
  • Sep 12, 2019
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Since May, the staff of Holy Innocents’ has added 6 new faces. To be clear, we have added 6 folks to reach a total of 14 staff, full and part time. Most of them have arrived in the summer and had some time to prepare for the Fall and our ministries. What we have not done is welcome them as a community of faith in Jesus Christ. On Sunday, September 29 at 10AM, HI will welcome our new staff members with a reception and hope you will join us! I am incredibly excited to have a full staff and a committed, skilled group with whom I can share ministry. Help us welcome them!

The Rev. Kenya Thompson, Associate Rector for Christian Community
Ordained in 2016 in the Diocese of Atlanta, Kenya has been incredibly active working at both Emmaus House and Church of the Common Ground. While helping with those outreach ministries, she also led The Road, the Episcopal Service Corps program in Atlanta. Working with college students as well as middle and high school students has been a hallmark of Kenya’s life. She worked for 20 years as a college counselor and director of admissions in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Washington, DC; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Shanghai, China. 

Hannah Kelly, 
Seminarian from Candler School of Theology
Hannah Kelly will be our Seminarian from Candler School of Theology. Hannah will work for the next three years at Holy Innocents, learning how a church functions as she prepares for ministry in her own life. A life-long member of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Hannah has a deep love and appreciation for the church. She graduated from Pace Academy with highest honors and went on to Duke University where she double majored in English and Computer Science and graduated with high distinction. After an internship with CISCO, she chose to explore a call to ministry and a deeper knowledge of the church at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Camille Waller, 
Parish Accountant
Camille Waller was born in New Orleans, LA, but moved to New York early in her school years, where she attended school, married, and raised 2 daughters and a son.  She now has 10 grandchildren! For many years Camille traveled for career accounting opportunities, but returned to her southern roots in 2012, moving to Atlanta to be closer to family. Camille’s accounting experience is diverse as she has worked in a variety of industries and religious organizations. In her “free time” she serves as the UBER driver for her grandchildren’s appointments, after-school activities, and anywhere else they need to be; and on Sundays she can be found at the Church At Chapel Hill – Atlanta, where she is active in their hospitality ministry.

Renee Stephens, 
Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries
Renee Stephens was born in Shiprock, NM on the Navajo reservation to a military family and after several moves settled in Gwinnett County. As an adult convert, Renee pursued a BA in religious studies from Regent University and an MDiv from Candler School of Theology as part of her spiritual and theological formation. During seminary she served at United Methodist Church of the Way as part of the student ministry team and creative visioning team. She also assisted in program development for underprivileged women and children in Tondo, Philippines, served as a chaplain at Gwinnett Medical and most recently served the children and youth of St. Mary and St. Martha Episcopal Church. She has a special interest in early Christian history and monastic theology. Renee and her husband Benjamin have two young children, Zechariah and Samuel. 

Dr. Sean Vogt, 
Director of Music
For the past six years, Dr. Vogt has served as Choirmaster at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mother church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and her 800,000+ faithful. Sean has over thirty years of experience in church music, has served as the Repertoire and Resources Chair for Music in Worship for the American Choral Directors Association in Iowa and Minnesota, and has held several notable posts including Assistant Organist/Choirmaster at St. Cuthbert’s Church (London, England), University Worship Organist/Choirmaster on the 10,000-student campus of Southern Methodist University, and as Director of Music at St. Jude’s Catholic Church (Michigan).

Paul Campbell, 
Assistant Director of Music
Paul Campbell, organist, pianist, music director, and piano teacher, started his formal studies at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. He continued his graduate piano studies at Carnegie-Melon University, received a Master of Sacred Music and Organ Performance from Duquesne University, a Bachelor of Divinity, and a Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. In addition to many piano CD recordings, other accomplishments include two children’s books, Farmer Clark & My Grama’s Rich. Paul has served in multiple religious and denominational capacities including Protestant, Catholic, and Reformed Temple, and has traveled extensively performing in the Unites States.