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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 was thrilled to move back to the Pensacola area has been the Pastor/Rector 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 Emeritus 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.

Craig Dosher
Assistant to the Rector

Born and raised in southeastern North Carolina, Craig met his wife, Amanda, at college in Gainesville, Florida. They moved to her hometown of Pensacola, where they lived with their two daughters prior to attending seminary in Virginia. Amanda serves as a deacon at St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, Alabama. The family resides there. Craig is a former U.S. history teacher. His hobbies include fishing, clamming, gardening, and listening to music. 

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Leanne Beaumont
Children's Minister

 

Leanne Beaumont is the Family Life Minister at Holy Cross Episcopal Church where she has worked for seven years in Music, Children, and Family Ministry. She is a graduate of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast School of Ministry as a Lay Preacher and Worship Leader, and is currently in the School of Ministry to become a priest. Leanne is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. Leanne is a professional violinist and violist and teaches and performs along the Gulf Coast.  She and her husband Jim have four sons, one grumpy cat, and a very silly Labradoodle. 

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Isabelle Peterson
Music Director

Sam Klauss
Pianist and Organist

Sam Klauss has served Holy Cross as pianist and organist for seven years. He is active in the Pensacola community as a pianist and teacher. He is also active in serving the local community in Pensacola, and aspires to a career in social work; serving those who are most in need. Sam enjoys all types of music. He enjoys composing and arranging music. 

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Isabelle Peterson
Music Director

Isabelle was born and raised in Pensacola, FL and graduated from the University of West Florida in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. Isabelle has served as a church musician for the past 12 years at various churches, and most recently served as the Director of Music at Nativity of Our Lord for the last 4 years before joining Holy Cross. Isabelle predominantly works with choral groups both sacred and secular, and currently directs the
Choral Society of Pensacola's Women's Ensemble. Isabelle has focused her career in liturgical music on offering a variety of musical styles that serves the purpose of uniting the singers and listeners in prayer.

Fun facts: Isabelle has a dog named Koda and a cat named Hazel! She loves all things coffee,
cooking, and camping.

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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

  • 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

  • Linda Bish - Library - 850-477-8596

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

  • Melodie Rowland - Communications - 850-291-4694