The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, DMin, joined the Candler faculty in 2023. His work focuses especially on contextual education within the Episcopal and Anglican Studies program. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2008 and has served as the rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, since 2014. He has served in many leadership roles within the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and has also led retreats and workshops throughout the United States.
Higginbotham’s vocation focuses on the connections between the wisdom of the ancient Christian contemplative tradition and the current dynamics of congregational ministry. Both his pastoral and academic work draw on Christian and interfaith sources to nurture faithful and sustainable embodiments of ministry. He is the author of The Heart of a Calling: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness in Congregational Ministry (Crossroads, 2021) and is co-editor of Contemplation and Communion: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition (Crossroads, 2019), as well as other articles and contributions.