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 – Choir Master and Organist
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.
Roy Wood - Sr. Warden
Roy Wood has been a member of Holy Cross since 2007. As a life long Episcopalian he joined the church as a child in Chicago, Illinois. He served as an alter boy at St. George's where his mother was very active. She served on the alter guild and the Vestry. Following in her footsteps, Roy is a member of the Vestry and serves as a Crucifer at the 8 O'clock service. A retired journalists, he has lived and worked in Detroit, Chicago, New York and Los Angles before ending up here in Birmingham.
Always looking for a challenge Roy is a Certified SCUBA Diver, drummer and wants to be pilot having flown single engine aircraft and the channel 13 news helicopter.He now spends time with his other hobby model railroading. He has one son, Brandon who is married and lives in New York City.
David Meadows – Jr Warden
David and his wife, Ginger have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. They have lived in Trussville for twenty years and he is a graduate of the University of Alabama. David currently serves as the Junior Warden at Holy Cross. When not working on the building and grounds of the church David enjoys riding motorcycles and wood working.
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.
Mike has been an active part of Holy Cross since 1990 when he started dating his now wife Elaine who was a member. He is a barbecue enthusiast, a target shooter, and for the last nineteen years a Social Studies teacher in Jefferson County. He is currently at Clay-Chalkville Middle School. Mike can usually be found with his nose in a history book while his wife is warming up with the choir between services.
Robert was born and raised in Jefferson County and Birmingham area when 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 our 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 deepening her ties with her church family as she serves on the Vestry and and looks forward to spreading the word about this wonderful little church in Trussville.
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.
Bonnie and her husband Ken along with their daughter, Piper have been members of Holy Cross since 2010. She is a project coordinator for a local telecommunications engineering/site acquisition firm.
Bonnie’s love for Cursillo led her to serving as our Cursillo representative. Bonnie serves in many capacities at Holy Cross such as a Eucharistic Minister and Crucifer alongside her daughter, Piper who is an acolyte. She also serves as a part-time member of the choir. Bonnie has helped over the years with VBS and Angel tree and is a member of the meal team. Bonnie is also our Camp McDowell liaison and when not in church, you can find her up at wonderful, wonderful Camp McDowell. When not at church or at Camp McDowell, Bonnie is at the barn with her daughter and at horse shows. Bonnie enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, camping, bird watching, canoeing, hiking and hunting.
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.
Susan Caraway - Volunteer Youth Director
Susan has served at Holy Cross as our volunteer youth director since 2015. In addition to working with the youth at Holy Cross, she is also a Lay Eucharistic Minister. She is a retired school teacher and her heart for students is evident in everything she does with our youth group (EYC). Susan has been a member of the church since 1995 and has three grown children of her own: Holly, Lauren, and John Michael.
If you are looking for more information about our youth programs you can email Susan anytime.
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 perviously 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.
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.