Highpoint Episcopal Community Church thrives because of the energy, determination, and direction provided by members of our leadership team. We are most fortunate to be the beneficiary of their time and talents.
The Reverend Ruth Pattison - Parson
The Rev. Ruth Pattison was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third of four children, to Bill and Lucille Lindberg. Although young Ruth was raised in the Baptist church, her father was an organist and choirmaster in the Episcopal Church, which is where she discovered her love for liturgy and music.
At the age of 25, Ruth moved to Columbus, Georgia to explore her own professional church life with a job, Christian Education and Youth Ministry, at Trinity Church. Ruth's love for the church continued to grow and ten years later, in 1994, she was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Rev. Pattison has practiced her priesthood ever since with great joy and deep devotion, both for God and the people of God. In 2017, her priestly efforts were recognized by the Diocese with her receiving the Bishop's Award.
Rev. Pattison's three beautiful children are nearly grown, two daughters in college and one son, a graduate of Auburn, is working in Atlanta. Husband Benno and Rev. Pattison married 5 years ago. He is the love of her life and together, they have discovered the truth of the phrase in the marriage liturgy that speaks of mutual joy. The Pattisons love to spend their time together to camp and fish, hike and bike, sing and dance, talk on the porch, drink coffee and write poems, stories, and sermons. (Benno, too, is a priest, adding that to the many things that they share in common.) Together they have six children; Benno's oldest son married in October, 2016.
The Pattison family had the good fortune of traveling to Africa together in June, 2016 for a mission trip to Kenya. They culminated their work week with a safari in the Masai Mara. Their mission to find God in the world was successful. Rev. Ruth Pattison reports that "our souls are rich with new faces of the divine." Since then, Rev. Pattison has led groups to tour the Holy Land (2017) and Ghana (2018).
Rev. Pattison can be reached by email at email@example.com or 706-905-8171.
The Very Reverend Lang Lowrey - Vicar
The Very Rev. Canon Lang Lowrey serves as Vicar for Highpoint Episcopal Community Church. His duties as Vicar often involve travel within the Diocese and Church at large to assist other Episcopal churches with a variety of needs, including work for the Episcopal Church nationally in property development projects and restructuring and turnaround opportunities. Canon Lowrey usually finds time to spend several weeks a month in Atlanta with the HECC congregation, preaching on Sundays and leading the Adult Christian Formation class.
Following a successful business career leading two Fortune 500 companies, Lang responded to a call to ordained ministry. In 2004, he was ordained as an Episcopal priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Soon, he put his business acumen to good use in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in a variety of situations and functions including serving at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta as Associate and Interim Rector and planting a new church and day school in the Diocese of Atlanta. This new start involved locating, financing and purchasing land, designing the facility, building the church, and most importantly, finding parishioners. Canon Lowrey became the founding Vicar of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church and Day School in Vinings, a highly successful church having over 1,000 parishioners in its congregation. Rev. Lowrey is Canon for Christian Enterprise in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.
Canon Lowrey is also Director of the Episcopal Studies Program, at Candler School of Theology and Professor of Practice at Emory University. Canon Lowrey attends to his teaching duties at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, from which he graduated in 2004. In addition, he arranges and supervises contextual education for Episcopal students and recruits those who teach courses required for Episcopal students.
From 2010 to 2013, Canon Lowrey served as interim president and then president of The General Theological Seminary ("GTS") of the Episcopal Church in New York City, where he led the institution through a period of broad-based restructuring and the development of new revenue streams. "We believe Father Lowrey is uniquely qualified to lead the seminary in addressing its immediate challenges and to prepare the way for longer-term leadership beyond the interim period," said Dr. Michael Gilligan, chair of the board's search committee. "Father Lowrey brings to GTS a unique combination of skills that match perfectly the Seminary's immediate institutional needs," said board chair the Rev. Canon Denis O'Pray. "He has high-level and proven abilities in the areas of management, finance, and administration while also possessing an in-depth knowledge of the Episcopal Church and its ordained ministry." In 2018, Canon Lowrey received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from GTS in recognition of his accomplishments while serving and leading GTS.
Canon Lowrey remains active in the business community and many different mission and outreach organizations. He is married to Julie and has four children and three grandchildren.
Canon Lowrey can be reached by email at PLangIII@msn.com or 404-727-4023.
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