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The Rev. Rob Dixon
5th Rector of Holy Cross Episcopal Church


Rob was born and raised outside of Fairhope, Alabama. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children, share a love for their pets, and enjoy time each summer in the mountains of Colorado. After receiving his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, Rob worked in sales for Nalco Chemical Company for eight years. He ended his career at Nalco to become the youth minister at Christ Church in Pensacola and to discern his call to the priesthood. Rob served at St. David’s in Austin while in seminary, and, after graduation, he became the rector of St. Stephen’s in Brewton, Alabama. Before coming to Holy Cross, he served as the Associate Rector for Pastoral Care and Outreach at St. Martin’s in Houston, Texas. Rob has been the pastor, priest, rector, and friend at Holy Cross since 2016.


Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of West Florida and is currently teaching at a local high school.

Father Rob, Amanda, and their three daughters continue to be thrilled to be a part of the Holy Cross family!

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The Rev. Roger Hungerford

Associate to the Rector for

Pastoral Care and Adult Christian Education

The Reverend Roger Hungerford was born May 14, 1955 in Iowa City, Iowa. He has a twin brother, a brother a year younger and a brother five years younger. He grew up in the midwest until he was a Junior in high school. Upon his father taking a civil service position with the Army, his family moved to Oahu, Hawaii. After graduating from Leilehua High School he attended Iowa State University. He received a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship. He graduated with a Speech - Telecommunications degree and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served on ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He served just under eight years on active duty and five years in the reserves. Sadly he had one son who passed away from an atrophic disease when he was two. Due to the emotional toll, his first marriage ended. Through this tragedy he found strength, peace and direction through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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He began his Episcopal faith pilgrimage at Emmanuel Church in Virginia Beach on the first Sunday in October, the Blessing of our Pets. Uniquely blessed, his faith pilgrimage led him through twenty years of police experience as a patrol officer, supervisor and sector commander in Norfolk, Virginia before following God’s calling to the priesthood. He met and married his sweetheart, Liz, in 1991- a union filled with God's grace and love. Serving as a lay person in three parishes, he has participated in a wide variety of ministries that combined liturgical wonder with a penchant for making the Kingdom of Heaven a little more visible through practical activities. He has experience in worship planning, strategic planning, outreach, youth and adult Christian Formation, facilities maintenance and evangelism. He is a 2012 graduate of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He expanded upon his theological studies at seminary by concentrating on leadership and church growth. In 2013, Rev. Rog was called by the parishioners of All Saints, Rock Island, IL, after completing his Transitional Diaconate at Christ and St Luke’s in Norfolk, Virginia.

Liz was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where she earned her journeyman’s card as a tool and die designer. Around 30 years old she re-located to Virginia Beach, VA where she earned an accounting degree from Old Dominion University. While in VA, she met Roger on a blind date. She has a twin brother and her younger brother and sister are twins. Her retirement days are spent volunteering with the Red Cross and researching her family tree. 

Liz and Roger enjoy golfing, fishing and exploring together.

Lali was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1991. In 1996, Lali moved to Los Angeles. A couple of years later she moved to Panama City Beach, FL, which became her permanent hometown. Growing up, Lali was involved with high school sports, student government, and JROTC.


In 2012, after receiving her AA degree from Gulf Coast State College, Lali entered the University of West Florida where she graduated spring of 2015 with a BA in Communications specializing in Advertising.


Following graduation Lali spent 4 years with Fastsigns as a Graphic Designer and Sign Artist, and 2 years with Armored Frog as a furniture designer. As of recently, Lali is in pursuit of an entrepreneurship as an independent designer of graphic art, sculpture, and furniture. From time to time you’ll also find Lali’s artwork displayed in the Artel Gallery.


Fun facts: Lali loves to cook and snuggle with her cat Ollie.

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Youth Minister
Leanne Whalen - Children's Minister &
                 Music Director

Sam Klauss - Pianist/Organist

We are very excited to have both Music Director and Pianist/Organist – Leanne Whalen and her son, Samuel (Sam) Klauss as a part of our Holy Cross family. Introduced to us as a referral from the Director of Piano Program and Chamber Music at UWF, Leanne and Sam joined us in the Spring of 2017. Leanne and Samuel are both professional musicians playing the viola and the piano/organ, respectively.


They have a rich range of experience performing and leading music in churches of different denominations and in other professional arenas. They have a gentle, caring openness about their theology. Working with Fr. Rob, with the musicians within our church family, and with musicians from outside our church, they seek to further create a God-centered, dynamic, growing music program that is a blessing to all involved.

Brenan Woody
Contemporary Music Director

Brenan was born the year of 1993 in Millington, TN. Interestingly enough, he was raised in a church with no instrumental music, but he was exposed to a contemporary music service when he was staying with his aunt in Memphis. He instantly knew that the "rock band" format of worship was his preferred choice, as he felt more connected to that style of music.

After moving to Pensacola in 2016, he started his college career and by 2018 had received his AA in Guitar Performance. After recommiting his life to Christ in 2018 and playing in praise bands around the Pensacola area, Brenan joined us as our Contemporary Music Director the summer of 2020 and has since taken the leadership role of our Young Adult Ministry program, The Point. His goal is to integrate the ministry into our contemporary service. He believes that giving young adults a community, responsibility, and a contemporary option of worship is the key to young adult involvement in a church for years to come.

Currently, you can find Brenan playing with his bluegrass band, The Gator Boys, at venues around the Gulf Coast on the weekends. During the week, he is tending to his current academic endeavor, a BA-Psychology degree. All the while, he still manages to meet with The Point weekly and have a rehearsal with our Contemporary Worship band. Brenan is thrilled to be a part of our community, and is very grateful to have the opportunity to affect lives through Christ's example!

Parish Staff
Laity Led Ministry Contacts
  • Nancy Gibbons - Daughters of the King (DOK) - 850-475-5706

  • Craig Iversen - Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BSA) - 850-206-2116

  • Ed Austin - Acolyte Mentor and Director - 850-293-6259

  • Sylvia Clark - Ronald McDonald House Ministry - 850-712-7895

  • Clay Coleman - Ambassadors - 850-293-6258

  • Art Harrison - Ushers & Blood Drive Coordinator - 850-255-4041

  • Siegrid McAskill - Altar Guild - 850-723-9863

  • Olga Stone - Flower Guild - 850-501-5490

  • Nancy Gibbons - Wednesday Dinners - 850-475-5706

  • Sally Roberts - Prayer Shawl Ministry - 850-477-3918

  • Marguerite Byrd - Prayer Shawl Ministry - 478-3996

  • Barbara Edwards - Pastoral Care - 850-375-3942

  • Dean Craig - Theology on Tap & Running Club - 850-384-6780

  • Ben Boyer - Sports Ministry - 850-572-3710

  • Linda Bish - Library - 850-477-8596

  • Howard Johnson - Food Pantry of Holy Cross - 850-477-8596

  • Brenan Woody - The Point (College & Young Adults) - 850-221-0094

  • Melodie Rowland - Communications - 850-291-4694