Grace Episcopal Church was pleased to announce in December 2013 its call to a new rector, The Reverend Stuart Craig Higginbotham. Learn more about Fr. Stuart and our Priest Associate Michael McCann below.

The Rev. Stuart HigginbothamThe Reverend Stuart Higginbotham, Rector

Fr. Stuart came to Grace Church after serving as the senior associate priest at St. Benedict's in Smyrna, GA. His time at the new church plant for the Diocese of Atlanta focused on spiritual formation, membership integration, pastoral care and preaching.

Fr. Stuart received his Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and the Diploma in Anglican Studies from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He is currently studying in the Doctor of Ministry program at Sewanee. Prior to being ordained as an Episcopal priest, Fr. Stuart was both a hospital and hospice chaplain. He has offered classes, seminars and retreats throughout the Diocese of Atlanta and the broader Episcopal Church with an emphasis on inter-religious dialogue and experiences of contemplative prayer and spiritual leadership.

His wife, Lisa, is an elementary school teacher. Both Stuart and Lisa grew up in southeast Arkansas, spending their days with large families, southern customs, and way too much sweet tea! They met while studying at Lyon College, where for a brief stint Lisa was Stuart's boss! They have one daughter, Evelyn Clare, who loves to read, paint, and tell wonderful stories. Together, they love to cook, read, and spend time with friends and their children.

The Reverend Michael McCann
Priest Associate

Born in Missouri, Michael grew up in New Jersey and attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and received his BA in History in 1968. He received his Masters of Divinity in New Testament and Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1971. He then was ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts and began his Episcopal ministry at St. Chrysostom’s in Wollaston, Massachusetts. In 1974 he became Rector of Trinity Church in Hampton, NH. In 1980 he came to Grace Church as Assistant Rector. In 1987 Michael left Grace and began full time teaching at Lakeview Academy where he is now chair of the social studies department and sponsor of the Honor Council. At Grace Michael has taught puppetry, Centerpoint Jungian classes, EfM, and evening Bible study, and continues to lead Sunday morning Adult Bible study classes. He is married to Candy E. McCann, a physical therapist for the Hall County Schools and a certified Music Practitioner harpist working with Hospice, and a member of Daughters of the King and the Meals Committee. Their children are scattered about the country, Chris married and writing in Seattle, Sarah a poet and teaching and holding the chair of creative writing at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, Dan married and editing films in San Francisco, and Amy a photographer and graphic designer in Baltimore.