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Scott Thompson, Rector 

sathompson@holycrosschurch.com

281.633-2000 x103

Holy Cross called Scott Thompson to lead the congregation as Rector in late 2007. Scott was previously rector of New Life Episcopal Church in Mosinee, Wisconsin. He is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. His first love was music and he had a desire to play the drums as a professional musician in a rock band. He became focused on full-time ministry in his mid-teens. Scott received his BA in Biblical Studies from Grace School of Theology in 1986, and a master of theology from the Dallas Theological Seminary in 1991. He received a certificate in Anglican studies from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary in 1999. 

Scott and his family live in the Sugar Land area. He enjoys spending time with his family, singing, playing the guitar and drums, reading, running, weightlifting, and riding his motorcycle. His passion is the local church and seeing lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Steve Ettling, Director of Music and Worship

steve@holycrosschurch.com

281.768.9116

Steve Ettling joined Holy Cross in April 2017. Steve is a graduate of the Musicians Institute (Hollywood, California) and is not only a seasoned worship leader, but an accomplished instrumentalist.

Steve is passionate about what he does and he knows why he does it; to glorify God and invite his people to worship God in Spirit and truth.

 

 

Kari Richardson, Director of Children's Ministry

kari@holycrosschurch.com

281.633-2000 x102

Kari Richardson joined Holy Cross in October 2017.  Kari is very Scripture centered in her personal life and in her ministry. She has a passion for leading children and their families in Bible-based spiritual formation that is also culturally relevant. She is a teacher, and a teacher of teachers, with 25 years of ministry experience. 

Kari is a graduate of Texas Christian University (B.S. Social Work) and Bethel Seminary (St Paul, MN) from which she received a Master of Arts in Children’s and Family Ministry. Kari has served in congregations of varying denominational affiliation, and is a training specialist for Group Publishing.  Kari lives in Missouri City, Texas.

 

Michael Ray Garvin, Director of Youth Ministry

michael@holycrosschurch.com

512.698.0597

Michael Ray Garvin joined Holy Cross in October 2017. Michael is passionate about mentoring youth and has dedicated himself to reaching out to youth and teaching them how to live a Christ-centered life while facing the challenges of growing up in today’s society.

Michael is a former NFL athlete, a football and track and field champion at Florida State University, and is currently a professional strength and fitness trainer. He has been active in youth outreach in all walks of life, including organizing and leading a street ministry aimed at youth and young adults.

Michael and his wife, Alesha, live in Katy, Texas with their three young children.

 

Denise McKee, Invite Welcome Connect Leader

iwc@holycrosschurch.com

713.625.2081

 

Denise McKee was selected to lead the Invite Welcome Connect Ministry at Holy Cross in November 2016.  She is a long-time active member of Holy Cross and has a huge passion and enthusiasm for Holy Cross.  Denise leads and coordinates our Welcomer and Greeter teams to welcome our guests, and to connect newcomers to other ministries at Holy Cross.  Denise has been active in many ministries throughout the years at Holy Cross, including serving as Director of Hospitality, participation in local and international mission trips,social outreach activities, Altar Guild, Children's Sunday School, Vestry Member, and interim Youth Leader.  

Denise lives in Sugar Land with her husband and three children.

 

Jessica Nelson, Director, Holy Cross Kids Preschool

hckids@holycrosschurch.com

281.633-2000 x108

Jessica Nelson was selected as Director of Holy Cross Kids Preschool in August 2016.  Jessica previously served as assistant to the director for three years prior to assuming the leadership of the school. Both of Jessica's children attended and graduated from the Preschool in years past.

Jessica and her family have been active members of Holy Cross for several years.  She brings an in-depth knowledge and experience to the existing operations and also a strong background in child development. Jessica, her husband and two children live in Sugar Land.

 

Diane Kurtz, Communications Manager

diane@holycrosschurch.com

281.633-2000 x105

Diane Kurtz is responsible for all internal and external communications for Holy Cross Church. Diane has more than 25 years' experience in office administration, marketing, corporate communications, and public relations in the corporate world, but now happily devotes her efforts to getting the message out about all that Holy Cross Church is doing, who we are, and how YOU can be a part of a warm and friendly church family.

Diane has been an active member at Holy Cross since 2001 and has been involved in many of the ministries at Holy Cross.  She lives in Sugar Land and loves spending time traveling and scuba diving. Diane studied Business Technology from 1974-1978 at the University of Houston.

 

Mark Kurtz, Administration Manager

mark@holycrosschurch.com

713.898.8995

Mark Kurtz is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the church's Strategic Plan. In addition, Mark serves as the Rector's assistant in matters related to church business and staffing.

Mark has been an active member at Holy Cross since 2001 and has served with distinction in several key lay leadership roles at Holy Cross, including church treasurer, vestry member, senior warden, and as a member of the Vestry's strategic action plan committee.

Mark holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He lives in Sugar Land and loves the outdoors, scuba diving, and is a marine aquariam enthusiast.

 

Eileen Lopez, Office Manager

eileen@holycrosschurch.com

281.633.2000 x100

Eileen Lopez joined Holy Cross in June 2017. Eileen is responsible for the day-to-day office and administrative duties for Holy Cross.  Eileen is an accomplished linguist, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. Eileen first came to Holy Cross during the Pumpkin Patch as a volunteer with Child Evangelism Fellowship, an organization that Holy Cross has supported through various events, including the Christmas and Easter Cupcake Blitz campaigns to serve children in multi-family communities around the Houston area. 

Eileen and her husband have five children and live in Sugar Land, Texas.

 

 

Come Alive This Sunday!...We Welcome All! Worship at 10:00am

We would love to welcome you this Sunday at our Worship Service, beginning at 10:00am. We have programs for all ages and we know your family will like it here! Join us after the service in the Gathering Space at our coffee and refreshments bar. We'd love to talk with you and get to know you. Listen to the powerful Sunday messages on this website from our rector, Scott Thompson. Select "Podcasts" on the menu bar. In addition, we have CDs available after our Worship Service if you'd like to share the sermon from that day with someone else or hear it again. Pass one to a friend!