The Rev. Zack Nyein
As Associate Rector for Community Engagement and Children and Youth Formation, Zack is enthusiastic about developing creative ways of connecting and communicating the Good News of God in Christ across generations. He is a lifelong musician and a lover of travel, the arts, and fitness. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and Yale and resides in Midtown with his husband, Michael.
As the Youth Minister, Joel Smith is in charge of planning and leading youth groups for middle and high schoolers, recruiting for Diocesan youth events, and any other fun stuff he can think of to do with the youth. He’s studying Psychology at Georgia State University and hopes to go to Seminary after he has completed his bachelor’s degree. He spent four years as a Summer Staffer at The Diocese of Atlanta's summer camp, Camp Mikell, after being a camper there since 2006. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and disc golf and working on cars.
Director of Youth and Children's Music
Karol has served as the Director of Youth and Children’s Music at All Saints’ since 1998, planning for and directing choral and handbell choirs for children in PreKindergarten through 12th grade. In addition to working at All Saints’, Karol serves on the faculty and is co-director of the Choristers Guild Institute, a 3-year summer certification program for children’s choir directors, held at Wingate University in Wingate, NC. She also co-directs and serves as a clinician for Music Week at Lutheridge in Arden, NC, a summer music and worship conference for church musicians throughout the South. Recently Karol presented at the National Conference for Sacred Music, Naples, FL, directed the Festival Youth Choir at First Plymouth’s Abendmusic Choral Festival, Lincoln, NE, and taught at Shenandoah University’s Summer Church Music Institute, Winchester VA, and led children’s choir festivals in Los Angeles, CA, Richmond, VA, Hickory, NC, and Fort Wayne, IN . Previously, Karol served as an organist, choir director, and pre-school music teacher in NC, SC, and GA in Lutheran, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations and directed the Elementary Choruses at Atlanta’s Paideia School (8 years). Her articles, anthem studies, and hymn arrangements appear in Choristers Guild’s The Chorister and Augsburg Fortress’s Sundays and Seasons and internet resource Prelude. She has served as a choral clinician for church camps (Bonclarken, Mable Boyter Choir Camp, Masannetta Springs, Lutheridge) and regional and state choral festivals (May 2009 Sixth Grade North Carolina All State Chorus), and presented workshops for Georgia ACDA, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, Atlanta Choristers Guild, Emory University’s Masters of Scared Music degree program, and Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
Karol attended Wittenberg University and Lenoir-Rhyne University, receiving her Bachelor in Music Education (organ) from Lenoir-Rhyne. She is certified in Orff Schulwerk, Kindermusic, Musikgarten, studied voice at NYC’s Mannes School of Music, and sang with the Riverside Church Choir in NYC. Karol is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and Choristers Guild.