As an Episcopal Church, Holy Cross Episcopal Church is administered by a Rector and his staff, and governed by the Rector with the Vestry. People often think of the Vestry as a Board of Directors, and that works for a quick explanation, but it is so much more.
The Vestry is comprised of the Rector and nine members of the church. They are elected for three-year terms with three new vestry persons being elected every year by the congregation at the Annual Meeting in January. It is one of the most important ministries that members of the church are involved in as the Vestry is responsible for overseeing the finances of the parish and the physical property.
We are fortunate at Holy Cross to have a diverse congregation, which means we have a diverse vestry. The current make-up of the vestry is five women and five men, including the Rector. The racial make-up of the vestry is eight white people (including Rector), one Black woman, and one Hawaiian man. While most of the vestry is over 30 years old, members as young as 16 qualify to stand for election. And younger members are encouraged to run if interested.
For a list of the vestry with their term dates, click the vestry tab in the drop-down menu.
Father Garrett comes to Holy Cross from Oak Grove, Louisiana, where he was raised. He's a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor's in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations and a graduate of the University of the South's School of Theology in Sewanee, Tn, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. A member of the Society of Scholar Priests, Father Garrett values intellectual discipleship, spiritual growth and the joyous celebration of the beautiful God who has redeemed us in the person of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Cross Vestry has 9 members, elected to rotating 3-year terms. At our Annual Meeting in January each year we elect three new vestry members.
Vestry service is very important in the life of the church. The Vestry meets monthly and makes decisions regarding policy, financial matters and ministry. Members work with the Rector to explore new possibilities for ministry and to keep the building and grounds attractive and in good condition.
Candidates for the vestry should be involved in parish life and worship and in supporting the ministry of the parish, in prayer and participation as well as financially.
Vestry members must have been confirmed members in good standing of Holy Cross for at least one year, and they must be at least 16 years of age.
The view the parish charter and bylaws, click here.
Current Vestry Members
- David Richard, Senior Warden, '20
- Virginia Paul, Junior Warden, '21
- Mike Wilkerson, Secretary, '19
- Donna Neal, Co-Secretary, '19
- Monty Walford, Treasurer (Non-Vestry)
- Rick Hadwin, '19
- Reid Raymond, '20
- Jackie Songy, 20
- Marshal Middleton, '21
- Georgianna Gleason, '21
The staff at The Church of the Holy Cross have spent many years committed to Christian service. We enjoy serving our community, whether in sharing our faith or just lending a helping hand.
Bruce Power, Organist/Choirmaster
In April, 2015, Bruce Power began duties as Organist/Choirmaster at the Church of the Holy Cross. Bruce moved to Shreveport from Houston where he was Cathedral Organist of Christ Church Cathedral, the cathedral for The Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
His most current tenure at the Cathedral began in 1999, previously serving as Assistant Organist from 1985-1993.
In addition to Bruce’s duties at the Cathedral, he was accompanist for the Houston Chamber Choir. From 2004-2006, he was accompanist for Houston Grand Opera’s Opera-to-Go.Bruce holds music degrees from the Hurley School of Centenary College of Louisiana and the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University. His organ teachers were James Herrin, William C. Teague, Ronald Dean, and Clyde Holloway.
Bruce was a district and regional winner of the American Guild of Organists competition and a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition in Chicago. He has performed at national conventions of New Music America and The Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, and was the service organist at the 2001 regional convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston.
Laurie Connell, Office Administrator
Laurie Connell joined our staff in 2015. After graduating from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, she taught elementary school for 5 years before moving into Christian formation and education administration in the United Methodist Church for 10 years, with an emphasis on volunteer/leadership development within the congregation.
Working on and off as office assistant in various part time settings while her children were growing up, she last served as office administrator for 6 years for the Wesley Foundation at her alma mater before moving to Shreveport. During that time she received training in spiritual formation and direction from the United Methodist Church.
Laurie has been known to dabble in furniture and home restoration, guitar, ukulele, model trains, mosaics, carpentry, quilting, and philately. And did someone say shopping? She also enjoys music, from ancient chant to bagpipes to Broadway, antiquing, and being helpful, but her family is at the top of the list of interests, especially her grandchildren! Son, Andrew, is married and lives in Lake Charles, and is youth director for a United Methodist Church there, while daughter, Anna, is married and lives in Shreveport, and is a stay at home mom.