Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


From the Staff @ HIEC

2017 Vestry Nominations


On behalf of the entire parish, we want to thank the Vestry Nominating Committee of Greg Binney, Johnny Foster, Rachel Shunnarah, and Andy Toledo, for their hard work. We received a large number of talented nominees this year, with almost all qualified to serve under the Canons of The Episcopal Church and Diocese of Atlanta (confirmed communicants in good standing, regular in attendance at worship and in formation, and faithfully pledging and known to the treasurer.) The Nominating Committee reviewed the applications submitted and weighted them with the strategic needs of the parish, and a desire for a balanced diversity of background, passions, and gifts to the whole community.

We are thankful for the careful and prayerful consideration the Vestry Nominating Committee gave this process. They will present the following slate to the Parish at the Annual Meeting on December 11 during the formation hour at 9:45 am. We will have an abbreviated 9:00 am Eucharistic service to accommodate this earlier start. Please plan to attend the Annual Meeting and then the 11:15 service of Lessons and Carols.

At that time we will also recognize our outgoing vestry members who have served for the past three years: Greg Binney, Johnny Foster, Rachel Shunnarah, and Andy Toledo; plus our two youth Vestry representatives, Isabel Draper and Will Perry for their one year of service.  They have served our parish with honor, grace, and faithfulness and we are very grateful.

As you know, we have served as your Senior and Junior Wardens, respectively. We have asked the Vestry to consider allowing us to exchange our warden positions for 2017. The Vestry has granted this request. We hope that this will carry us through this period of transition and call of a new Rector.

We look forward to our continued roles as servant leaders during this time of growth and change, as we continue to grow in faith together.


Marie Thomas, Sr. Warden

Elaine Morgan, Jr. Warden


2017 Junior and Senior Warden

Senior Warden: Elaine Morgan graduated from the University of Georgia with a major in Journalism and a minor in Speech Communication. For 23 years, she has worked for WellStar Health System, currently serving as the Director of Brand Development where she manages campaigns and promotions for new facilities, physicians and services.  Elaine was born into the Episcopal Church and has been a member of Holy Innocents’ since 1969 when her family relocated to Georgia.  She was active in the church as a child and a young adult in acolytes and EYC.  Over the decades she has served as an EYC advisor, been a member of Stewardship and Capital campaign committees, taught Sunday school, participated in women’s programs, parish retreats, and pilgrimages to Ireland.  She remains connected to her childhood love, Camp Mikell, and her camp friends throughout the Diocese.  She has one daughter, Sophie, who is a student at Florida Southern College.  Holy Innocents’ is a deeply held part of Elaine’s life.

Junior Warden: Marie Thomas graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Management.  She is currently an EVP/Partner with Oxford Properties, LLC.  Marie has been a member of Holy Innocents for almost 40 years.  Marie was baptized, confirmed, and married at Holy Innocents’.  Marie and her husband, Brian, have two children, Anna and Will, who were baptized at HIEC.  Anna and Will attend Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.  She has served in many areas of church life including a coach in the Holy Innocents’ Youth Basketball program, a Sunday School teacher as well as serving on the Stewardship Committee.  Being a “lifer” at HIEC, it is a very important part of her foundation.  


From the Vestry Nominating Committee

It is our pleasure to announce the 2017 Vestry Nominees (to serve a three-year term): Alex Allen, Bill Clark, Marc Howard, and Jay Mason. We have included information about each nominee below. This is a fantastic and diverse group that reflects our vibrant Parish. Also listed below are the two Youth Vestry nominees. These teens are selected by their peers.


Greg Binney, Johnny Foster,
Rachel Shunnarah, Andy Toledo


 Alexandra (Alex) M. Allen is a cradle Episcopalian and has been a HIEC parishioner for 18 years. Active in other parishes over the years, Alex has taught Sunday School, participated in VBS and other church committees. She received an under graduate degree from Emory in Economics and Hispanic-Latin American Studies and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. A former Board of Trustees member at HIES, she currently runs a non-profit that serves children with type 1 diabetes. Alex is a problem solver with an appreciation for leadership and group dynamics. She is interested in working with Community Life, Outreach or Finance, but is open to others areas as well. Alex and husband Bill have three grown children.

William (Bill) Clark and his wife Diane have been members of HIEC for 40 years. A retired executive with IBM, Bill graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Richmond after serving with the US Navy for 4 ½ years. Bill has been active at HIEC ushering (he coordinates ushers for funerals, as well as ushering at Sunday services), and participating in the Parish and Men’s retreats. He also participates in our liturgies as a Chalice Bearer and Lector and is a three-time lay delegate to the Diocese of Atlanta Annual Council. Bill is especially welcome at retreats, VBS, and other events when he brings his ukulele and musical skills. He sees his time with the vestry focusing on Adult Formation and Liturgy. An added bonus for Bill and Diane is the active membership of their daughter Sarah and her family in the life of the church.

Marc Howard has been a member of Holy Innocents since 2001. He has taught Sunday School, led adult formation classes and chaired the Adult Formation Committee. Additionally he is a lay reader Sunday mornings and a member of the Men of Holy Innocents. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Government, Marc went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Georgia. He has been a trial lawyer for over 23 years, nine as a defense attorney and over 14 representing plaintiffs. His passion for helping people facing life-changing events translates well with his hope to work with Outreach and/or Adult Formation with the vestry. He looks forward to bringing his skills as a problem solver and consensus builder to the vestry. Marc is married to Julie (a former vestry senior warden) and father of two.

Jay Mason enjoys the spiritual connection that he receives from Holy Innocents and relies on it for centering and balance. Jay has worked in both academics and business. After earning a Ph.D. in Political Science he actively researched and taught on the college level for five years. He currently works in marketing for a large publically traded homebuilder. Jay has enjoyed the Faith Forum on Sunday morning and the Men’s Group and ways for additional involvement. He looks forward to bringing his marketing skills, especially with social media and real-time techniques to broaden the participation in youth and adult events. He sees his time with the vestry focusing on Christian Formation or Outreach. Jay and his wife Disa have three children.

Youth Vestry (serving a one-year term)

My name is Logan Dorrill. I’m a junior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School where I’m an honor student and compete on the swim, soccer and debate teams. In the summertime I lifeguard for Swim Atlanta, coach swim team and teach swim lessons to beginning swimmers. Many of you know my little brother, Liam, who is six and in kindergarten at HIES. My mother grew up in the Holy Innocents’ parish, and I’ve been a part of this community for as long as I can remember. In 6th grade I began serving the church as an acolyte and a lay reader and in 9th grade, the year I was confirmed, was honored to deliver the youth sermon at the Feast of the Pentecost. I’ve also enjoyed volunteering with HIEC vacation bible school and children’s Sunday School and am an active member of our Youth group. Holy Innocents’ is not only a place of worship for me, but is a community where I have felt part of a supportive parish family, one devoted to finding the glory of God in everyone. I am honored to be chosen to serve the Holy Innocents’ community as a youth vestry member.

My name is Mary-Crawford Esslinger, and my family, Greg, Anne Marie, Davis, and I have been active members of the Holy Innocents community for my whole life. I am a Junior at Riverwood International Charter School. Two summers ago I traveled with the church on a pilgrimage to Ireland that change my life. I am an artist, equestrian, and aspiring Veterinarian currently interning at Wieuca Animal Clinic. I am so excited to further my involvement in this wonderful place that has offered me a safe and accepting community to practice my faith and grow.