Who We Are
The Rev. Greg TallantRector
Father Greg (or Greg – either is fine) is the Rector of Holy Trinity Parish. The Rector is a priest of the church and the senior pastor. Father Greg leads the Vestry (governing board), working with them to provide vision and inspiration for the parish, and oversees the staff.
Greg is a 1992 graduate of Presbyterian College and a 2007 graduate of The General Theological Seminary in New York City. Prior to Holy Trinity, Greg served at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia. Greg and his wife Emily are both rooted for many generations in Georgia, and have two sons, Andrew and James.
Hear and read some of Fr. Greg’s sermons. Listen to Fr. Greg’s podcast “A Priest’s Life”.
The Rev. Rhett SolomonCurate/Associate Rector
The Rev. Rhett Solomon
A native of New Jersey, Rhett Solomon traveled to Atlanta in the fall of 1999 to attend Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2003. After graduating Morehouse, he discerned whether to pursue doctoral work in Political Science or a call to ministry. After much prayer and consultation, he pursued active ministry. A licensed and ordained Baptist minister, Rhett served at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, from 2005 – 2008, during which time he was admitted to the MDiv program at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, a program he completed in 2009.
In 2008, Rhett left Mt. Carmel Baptist Church to co-pastor Resurrected Church of Atlanta, a non-denominational church plant based in Atlanta. He served the small congregation of Resurrected Church of Atlanta until May 2012 until the church amicably disbanded.
To prepare for this transition, Rhett enquired and was received into The Episcopal Church at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in May 2011. After years of managing a Barnes & Noble Bookstore, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia called Rhett to serve as Parish Administrator, a position that he held until July 2021.
In the summer of 2020, Rhett earned his ThM (Master of Theology) from Candler School of Theology. He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on December 19, 2020 and was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on June 26, 2021.
Rhett currently serves as Associate Rector at Holy Trinity Parish, where he oversees Children, Youth, and Adult Formation.
Rhett is a divorced father of two beautiful daughters, Charlotte (10) and Skye (8). He loves God, quality time with family and friends, people, and ministry. He enjoys reading, writing, poetry, music, history (African-American, British, United States, U. S. Presidential), mythology, art, traveling, hiking, tennis, swimming, basketball, movies, theater-going, playing board games and cards, and building LEGO sets.
The Rev. Ellen Echols PurdumAssisting Priest and Minister for Evangelism and New Member Integration
The Rev. Ellen Purdum, is our
Minister for Evangelism and New Member Integration. She helps welcome newcomers, helps
newcomers and current parishioners become more involved in the life of
the parish, and spreads the news of HTP in our communities.
Emmy BrownCo-Parish Administrator
I live in Tucker and am a soon to be graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in English. I also am a parishioner here at Holy Trinity and have a background in service based work. I am so excited to see the daily movement of the parish and be a helping hand in the process. I see God's presence through community. I believe that the Holy Spirit works through others in the form of love and kindness to show me God's grace and sovereignty.
Will ButhodMinister of Music
Will Buthod, pianist, organist, composer, and conductor, has worked in church ministry for the past 26 years. Buthod is known for employing a wide range of styles to fit any given situation, and is in demand in multiple areas, from Gospel to Salsa and Bluegrass. He has served congregations in New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Atlanta, as well as throughout Oklahoma and New Jersey.
As a performer, Buthod has won numerous competitions and awards, including the Albert Schweizer National Organ Competition, the Tulsa Young Artist Competition, and the Charlotte Bagnall Scholarship for Church Musicians. He has performed with or recorded for such artists as Jimmy Heath, Denyce Graves, Martina Arroyo, Ben Vereen, Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Mashonda, Maiysha, Autumn Rowe, Nolan Williams, James Abbington, Roland Carter, and André Thomas. He recorded a live album with Grammy-nominated performer Maiysha at the Blue Note jazz club in New York City. During his stint in Paris, France, Buthod was the pianist for the American Ambassador for several years, while serving as Organist/Assistant Choir Director at the American Cathedral and co-founding a touring gospel group.
Buthod’s gospel music background earned him a spot as pianist for the Harlem Gospel Choir, and he has played for such well-known preachers as Al Sharpton, Timothy Wright, James A. Forbes Jr., Johnny Ray Youngblood, and Albert Jamison, Jr. As a composer, he has composed over 300 works, from classical trios to R&B tunes, which are performed regularly throughout the country and abroad. Buthod’s knowledge and understanding of a variety of sacred music and its history has also made him a popular clinician and speaker.
Outside his role as Minister of Music at Holy Trinity, Buthod also serves on the faculty at Candler School of Theology (Emory University), as Director of the gospel choir, Candler Voices of Imani, and as a frequent guest lecturer for the Episcopal and Anglican Studies Program. He is the founder and co-director of Voices Found, a community choir focused on social justice. In addition, for the past four years, Buthod has served as Music Director for the North Georgia Annual United Methodist Conference, the largest UMC conference in the United States. In 2020, he was also chosen to lead the music for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, and has served similar roles in other statewide and national convocations.
Christian FosterYouth Minister
Greetings Holy Trinity! My name is Christian Foster, and it is my privilege to serve as your Youth Director. I am originally from Macon, Georgia, and spent my undergrad studying at Sewanee, the University of the South, and I recently graduated from Candler School of Theology with a Masters in Divinity. Serving this parish and helping young people learn about theology, fellowship, love of others and self as found in Jesus Christ continues to be a source of joy and passion. I look forward to getting to know you and the youth of this parish better!
Amanda VaughnCommunications Minister
My background is in communications and administration with religious and other non-profit institutions. I have worked mostly in Episcopal churches in a variety of capacities and have a real heart for this ministry. I also serve on the Diocese of Atlanta Commission on Ministry. My husband, Chad, is the rector of St. Bede’s, Atlanta, where we worship along with our twin daughters, Lucy and Maggie. I’m a native Atlantan (born on Peachtree Street), was raised Presbyterian (graduated from Presbyterian College), but was found and embraced by the Episcopal Church which I have come to love.