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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. 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.   

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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

Coach, Holy Innocents' Youth Basketball

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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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The Rev. John Porter

Sunday Associate for Outreach

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The Rev. John Porter is a retired Episcopal priest who has served Atlanta parishes for more than 35 years. Porter received his master's degree in theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and has taught theology at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N. Y., as well as the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. John Porter has visited the Republic of Haiti countless times and has assisted in raising money to build schools and churches there. He is married to Mary, and the couple have two children, Susanna Mees and Geoffrey Porter. He is a joy in every sense of the word.

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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.

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Renee Stephens

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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. 

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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. Sally taught second grade at The Walker School for ten years before joining Holy Innocents in 2013. She and her husband Scott have three adult children, as well as a son-in-law. Sally enjoys reading, running, cooking, and spending time with her family and cat.

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Camille Waller

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Camille Waller was born in New Orleans, LA, but moved to New York early in her school years, where she attended school and college, 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, among them online tech training, hydraulic and electronic, Montessori schools, health services organizations, and automotive. 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.


2019 Vestry

Nicole Rash
Senior Warden

Marc Howard
Junior Warden

Greg Binney
TREASURER

Rick shunnarah
assistant treasurer

Rosalyn Devine
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Laura Foster
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Marilyn Kimball
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Doug Peterson
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Fred Stewart
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Lever Stewart
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Pete Vaky
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