I have had a lot of good news to share with the congregation this week and I am thrilled to add to it! I am very pleased to announce the Reverend Zack Nyein has accepted the call to join our clergy team as Senior Associate Rector. Zack will lead ministries in justice and reconciliation, newcomer engagement, innovative worship, and children, youth, and family formation. He will join the St. Bart’s team in mid-January of 2022.
Zack currently serves as Associate Rector at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where he brings an enthusiasm for developing creative ways of connecting and communicating across generations and difference. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Zack led All Saints' move to digital ministry with new platforms for media and newcomer engagement. As a founding team member and Director of Worship for Imagine Church he pioneered a new, fully online worshiping experience for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and, in the process, developed a national reputation for his work in evangelism and innovative worship. Active in the wider Episcopal Church, he currently serves on the Task Force for Prayer Book and Liturgical Revision and on the Board of the Episcopal Evangelism Society.
Zack earned his Master’s degree at Yale Divinity School, with additional studies at Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary in residence there; and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, an interdisciplinary graduate center for the study of sacred music, worship and the arts. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, with a degree in Music Education. Zack has completed the Credential of Readiness program at Harvard Business School and became a licensed leader in Dismantling Racism Youth Curriculum from the Absalom Jones Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Zack hails from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, where he grew up outside of Knoxville, Tennessee in a multiracial, multifaith (Christian-Buddhist) household. His mother's family is from Tennessee and his father, Tun Kyaw Nyein, was a political refugee to the United States from Burma (Myanmar) in the 1980’s. That experience has always given Zack a heart for ministry to and among both physically and spiritually displaced persons.
A lifelong musician, Zack currently sings bass with the award-winning Atlanta Master Chorale. He is married to Dr. Michael Waterson, a biology professor at Georgia State University. In their free time, Zack and Michael enjoy traveling adventures, fitness, and brunching. You can welcome Zack (and Michael) by sending him a brief
Grace & Peace,
The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe