CLERGY AND STAFF
The Rev. Robert (Rob) Patrick 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. Most recently he served as the Associate Rector for Pastoral Care and Outreach at St. Martin’s in Houston, Texas.
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 are thrilled to be a part of the Holy Cross family!
The Rev. Roger Hungerford
Associate to the Rector for
Pastoral Care and Adult Christian Education
The Reverend Roger Hungerford was born May 14th 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.
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.
Ryan was born in 1994 in the small town of Warm Springs, Georgia and was raised in Brewton, Alabama while attending First United Methodist Church of Brewton. At the age of 12 he moved to Pensacola and began taking guitar lessons as a gift from his mother. He also became a member at Myrtle Grove UMC and played electric guitar for the youth praise band and then ultimately for the Sunday contemporary service, The Fountain. Ryan went to local Catholic schools for 7th-9th grade and then transferred to Escambia for the remainder of high school. It was at Escambia that Ryan met his wife, Katie, while playing in the school’s indoor drumline and jazz bands (both who happened to be the guitarists).
Katie and Ryan both went to college for music, attending PSC and UWF. Ryan graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2017. Katie graduated with her Bachelor’s degree for Flute and Music Education in the spring of 2019. They love to perform in the area and both teach music for the Holy Cross Academy of Music. Both love spending time outdoors, gardening and often find themselves rescuing animals.
They are excited and very grateful to be a part of a wonderful church family here at Holy Cross. Ryan is thrilled to answer the calling of Youth Ministry that God has given to him and looks forward to the opportunity to help youth grow in their personal relationship with Christ!
Leanne Whalen - 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.
Ryan Etheredge - Youth Minister - firstname.lastname@example.org - 850-477-8596
Leanne Whalen - Christian Education Director - email@example.com - 850-477-8596
Warren Jerrems - Treasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org - 850-477-8596
Eden Craig - Nursery Caregiver - 850-477-8596
Maureen O'Donnell - Parish Administrator - email@example.com - 850-477-8596
Laity Led Ministry Contacts
Ede Craig - Children's Chapel & Nursery Volunteers - 850-341-2402
Nancy Gibbons - Daughters of the King (DOK) - 850-475-5706
Craig Iversen - Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BSA) - 850-206-2116
Holy Cross Office - Episcopal Church Women (ECW) - 850-477-8596
Holy Cross Office - Acolyte Mentor and Director - 850-477-8596
Sylvia Clark - Ronald McDonald House Ministry - 850-712-7895
Melodie Rowland - Ambassadors - 850-291-4694
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
Holy Cross Office - Food Pantry of Holy Cross - 850-477-8596