The Rev. Wes Sharp – Rector/Priest
Wes holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida, and a Certificate of Anglican Studies from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin.
The Rev. Susan Southwick - Deacon
Susan has been attending Holy Cross for years and officially became a Deacon in the church in October 2016. She and her husband Dave are both excellent musicians and love being involved in various ministries of the church.
Janice Ridgeway – Parish Administrator
Janice was born and raised in Birmingham. She and her husband, Dale, have resided in the City of Clay for the past 20 years and are members of Mount Calvary Presbyterian Church in Clay. Janice retired in 2012 after over 44 years of service in the Jefferson County Merit System (31 years with the City of Birmingham and over 13 years with the Jefferson County Commission).
In May 2018, Janice came out of retirement to work with the rector, staff, and congregation of the Church of the Holy Cross as the new Parish Administrator.
Justin Finch – Organist and Music Director
Justin Finch has been the Organist & Director of Music at Church of the Holy Cross since 2014 and was instrumental in the purchase of our current organ. Justin received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Montevallo in 2006. Before coming to Holy Cross, he served as Organist & Director of Music for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Montevallo for almost 12 years.
In addition to his church work, Justin is the band director and music teacher at Brighton School and assistant band director at Hueytown Middle and High Schools.
Justin lives in downtown Birmingham with is wife Susan, daughter Ella, and pets Sam and Atticus.
Heather Johnson – Director of Children’s Ministry
Heather is a native of the Trussville area. She graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School in 1997 and Birmingham-Southern College in 2001. She also holds a Master’s of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.
Heather joined Holy Cross ten years ago. She has been active in children’s ministry since that time. She has led the youth group (EYC), taught Sunday school, planned Vacation Bible School, and volunteered in the nursery at various times in recent years.
“I am so excited about my work with the children of Holy Cross. I hope to use my passion for children and families to the glory of God”.
Heather lives in Trussville with her husband, Tyler, and their three children, Aiden, Noah, and Lily.
Jason Varnadore - Director of Student Ministries
Jason grew up in Greenville, SC and attended North Greenville University where he studied linguistics and theology. He has worked with youth for nearly five years and is currently a student at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. He and his wife, Jenna, work to make disciples of the youth at Holy Cross through hospitality, scripture study and prayer. Their daughter, River, was born in February of 2018.
What is the Vestry?
The Vestry of an Episcopal church has three primary responsibilities. The first two are managerial: to take care of parish finances and the parish buildings. The Vestry acts as agents and representatives of the Parish in matters concerning its corporate property. The third is that they serve as an advisory council to the rector who is the Parish’s chief liturgical and pastoral officer.
Cissy has been a member of Holy Cross for many years. She recently moved back to the Trussville area in 2015 and is so happy to be “back home!” She currently serves on the altar as server and chalice. Before moving away she served three times on the Vestry of Holy Cross and was very much involved in the workings of the church.
While out of state, she remained a pledging member never transferring membership, as she consider this her home church. She has worked for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and several churches, both in Alabama and Mississippi. She was happily married to the late Rev. J. Hunter Isaacs, who served as an Episcopal Priest.
Cindy is a member of the Holy Cross Flower Guild, the Office Angels, ECW, the Garden Ministry, and the Mission Team. She, along with her husband, Bill and daughter Becky, usher at the 10:30 morning service. Cindy is a retired elementary special education teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Cole and Lily, gardening, reading, and playing bridge.
Reese and his wife Deanna have been members of Holy Cross since 2005. He is a part of the eight o’clock service as Crucifer, Server, Lector, and LEM. He has served on the vestry twice in the past, once for the three-year term and once to fill a vacant seat for one year. He has been both Junior Warden and Senior Warden during past service. He attends the Men’s Bible Study on Friday mornings. Reese is also a U.S. Army Veteran and he is presently the Service Manager of an automotive repair company.
Louise has been Episcopalian all of her life and regularly attends the eight o’clock service. She and her husband Jack, moved to Trussville in 1983, where she taught at the Middle School for 24 years and he coached at Hewitt-Trussville High School. She is an active member of the ECW; and also participates when it is the church’s week to deliver Meals on Wheels. She considers her time on the vestry as a way to give back and serve the Lord and this church.
Fran grew up at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Huffman. She was confirmed at St. Michael’s at the age of eleven and was active in EYC, she loved keeping the nursery and helping with Children’s Church. As an adult, she continued to attend St. Michael’s as well as St. Stephen’s in Cahaba Heights. She has two children, Gracie and Nick. As they began to grow, she realized she wanted to attend an Episcopal church in the same community in which she was raising her family. It did not take long for them to make Holy Cross their home. Holy Cross is a small church but a great big family—a family that she loves. She has been a member of Holy Cross since 2004 and has helped lead Children’s Church since 2014. She has served as President of ECW for several years. She recently served as the clerk of the vestry for two years. Fran also enjoys assisting VBS every year and she currently serves as the ECW Coordinator of the Birmingham Convocation. She currently teaches our middle school Sunday school class…which is all boys so far!
Bob made Holy Cross his church home about 12 years ago and now serves as a lector, a choir member, and is active in Men’s Bible Study and Cursillo. He and his wife, Sue, have lived in Trussville for 25 years and have two married daughters and two teenage grandchildren. Now retired, he spent most of his career in university administration.
Robert was born and raised in Jefferson County and the Birmingham area and graduated from Woodlawn High school. Robert opened his own company that became one of the largest drywall companies in Alabama. Robert is now retired with his wife Hilda. He became an Episcopalian and was baptized in 1983. Robert and Hilda faithfully worship at Holy Cross and have been members since 2016. He enjoys family, church, cruising, and working in the church gardens.
Julie has attended Holy Cross since 2002. She says what she loves about Holy Cross is "the intimacy and the blend of casual formality in our worship that enables us to be a close family.” She has served as United Thank Offering chair and as a choir member; She is also a member of the Flower Guild and has enjoyed learning and being able to contribute to this ministry. She also serves the Cathedral Church of the Advent as a member of the Cathedral Ringers. She is an attorney for the City of Birmingham and married to Joe Barnard, retired colonel and attorney in private practice. Her household is completed by two rambunctious and loving dogs (provided by the Hall family), Reckless and Rider. She is excited to deepen her ties with her church family as she serves on the Vestry and looks forward to spreading the word about this wonderful little church in Trussville.
Jo Grove was born in Sanford, FL, to a Navy family and spent her childhood living in various parts of the US and overseas before moving to Alabama at the age of 16. She and her husband Doug delayed their move to Trussville until the weekend after the Blizzard of ’93, since they didn’t want to spend their first week as Trussville residents marooned in an empty house without furniture or groceries! Their son Connor is a nurse at UAB, and their daughter Rachel has just started the culinary program at Jeff State.
Jo is a graduate of Samford University and UAB, and she has worked at UAB since 1992. She tried to retire, but her workplace decided she clearly had too much free time on her hands and lured her back. When not working, she enjoys reading, writing fantasy fiction, creating 1/6 scale miniatures and doll clothing, researching medieval history, participating in a historical re-creation society, and being a crazy cat lady. In addition to serving on the Altar Guild and Lay Eucharistic Ministry teams at Holy Cross, she also co-facilitates a women’s group for abuse survivors at OneEighty Church in Springville, AL.
James Patterson – Treasurer
James, his wife Christina, and daughter Gracen Anne moved to Trussville in 2017, and quickly found their place at Holy Cross. James is a retired State Trooper Captain, and Christina will be teaching at Cahaba Elementary in the fall of 2018, where Gracen is a student. As Treasurer, James volunteers his time and abilities to help manage the financial affairs of the church, and to keep the Vestry fully informed as to the churches financial condition. The Patterson's love to travel in their RV and spend their free time enjoying seeing this wonderful world we all share.
Phillip Johnson - Media and Communication
Phillip joined Holy Cross in 2016 with a vast array of gifts that he was eager to share with the church. Having a background in radio and communication and previously serving with the Cathedral Church of the Advent in their broadcasting ministry he has now put his gifts into action here. Phillip works to make sure that the church activities and events are well published and communicated by using the various resources of media at our disposal. His passion for the Lord is evident in his work through social media and he is a welcomed addition to our volunteer staff.