Interim Rector




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.



Sabrina Slaton– Parish Administrator


Sabrina is from Kentucky, but comes to Alabama by way of Texas where she and her husband both served in Youth Ministries. Sabrina and Tyler live in Gardendale with their two dogs. Sabrina attends and serves at Gardendale Mount Vernon United Methodist Church where her husband leads the Youth Ministry.


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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. They have two children, River (3) and Jonas (0).

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Tom Meacham - Organist and Music Director



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 McLendon-Isaacs

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.

Matthew Pate

Matthew grew up in the Episcopal church.  After his family moved to Trussville, he began attending Church of the Holy Cross in 2008 and was confirmed as an Episcopal in 2012.  During that same year, Matthew completed his Eagle Scout project by building the patio outside of the church.  He attends our 10:30am service on Sundays, and is currently working toward his nursing degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Reese Booth

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.

Laurie Nabors

Laurie Nabor’s parents, Barbie and Mac McLendon, were founding members of Church of the Holy Cross.  Laurie attended the first service as a small child.  Laurie says, “No matter where I’ve lived over the years, Holy Cross has always been my real home.”  Currently a member of our Altar and Flower Guilds, our Meal Team Ministry, Laurie is also our Pastoral Care Chairperson for the Holy Cross Prayer Team.  She also finds the time to serve on our Ladies’ Landscaping Committee, making sure our parish grounds stay well-manicured and beautifully landscaped.  “I love maintaining the Barbie Garden,” says the retired nurse who continues to help fellow church members who need a little extra care, especially when facing health issues.  Laurie says it would be an honor to serve on the Holy Cross Vestry.

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.



Carole Crews


Louise Wood

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 Bramblette

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!

Michael Alexander

Michael and his wife, Jennifer, have been members of Holy Cross since 2019. They were welcomed and felt at home immediately. Previously they attended St. John's Episcopal Church in Montgomery. Michaels believes it is an honor to be on the Vestry, and another avenue to allow him to be in service to Christ, our Savior. Michael and Jennifer have two beautiful children who keep the nursery busy on Sundays. Michael has worked in long-term care for the last 17 years, as the Director of Human Resources at a Birmingham nursing facility. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, reading, and weekly he attends small groups of study with others to learn, grow, and further the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

Grace Pate

Clerk of the Vestry

Volunteer Staff

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.

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