We’ve discovered that real JOY is possible. When you find peace with God through God’s love for you in Jesus Christ, joy is a result. When you know God is real and He loves you, joy is a result. When you receive God’s power for living, joy is a result. And when you enter into God’s purpose for your life, joy is a result.
At Holy Cross we know that God’s purpose for each of us is to reach the world, person-by-person, with the extravagant love of Jesus. The Good News of God is way too good to be kept to ourselves. And real purpose - lasting purpose - is not only possible, it’s what a life lived with Christ and his people is all about.
And Jesus said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has
been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very
end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
ONE CHURCH. MANY LOCATIONS.
2520 Middle Street
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
299 Seven Farms Drive
Daniel Island, SC 29492
352 North Shelmore Boulevard
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
M-F 9 AM–5 PM
Su 8 AM–1 PM
Sullivan's Island Campus
Our historic “Home by the Sea”
Our Sullivan's Island campus is the original location and the home of a majority of our church staff. The campus reflects the wide spectrum of people at Holy Cross joyfully worshipping Jesus Christ in four different services.
There is the 8 a.m. said Holy Communion service in our beautiful historic chapel, a 9 a.m. Contemporary Rite II Service in the Great Hall, and a 9:15 family service and 11 a.m. choral Rite 1 service, both in our Traditional Building. With great preaching, excellent music and timeless liturgy, we have something to offer for everyone. So come as you are, we‘re always glad to see you!
A number of Faith Formation classes, life groups and relational activities occur during the 10 o'clock hour.
Each week, the Sullivan's Island Campus is a hub of life for many with our excellent preschool (His School), youth ministries, life groups (Sundays and other days) and many other events throughout the week. It's also the home of a Wednesday morning Communion service at 10am and other parish events throughout the year.
To learn more about living life together at Holy Cross on Sullivan's Island, contact The Rev. Trevor Spencer (843-883-3586 or Trevor@holycross.net). Our offices are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DANIEL ISLAND CAMPUS
Nestled in the heart of the Daniel Island community at the corner of Seven FarmsDrive and Daniel Island Drive, this beautiful, purpose-built campus has been offering three great worship choices every Sunday morning since April 2006. These services include a 9am Contemporary Service with Communion, a half-hour long 9:15am Children’s Family Service, and an 11am Traditional Service with Communion. With great preaching, excellent music and timeless liturgy, we have something to offer for everyone. So come as you are, we‘re always glad to see you!
Beyond Sunday, we also have many different activities going on throughout the week including an excellent pre-school (HIS School) during the school year and a summer camp for children ages 1-10 during most of June through August. There is also a thriving Scout Troop that calls Holy Cross its home, as well as a number of small group bible studies and community ministries.
To contact our Campus Pastor, Jonathan Bennett, please call (843) 883-3586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Holy Cross Daniel Island office is open Monday through Friday, 9am-12pm. Please feel free to stop by!
Our newest location!
Overlooking the commercial square at the main entrance of the I’On neighborhood is our newest chapel, which is conveniently located to serve those who live in Mount Pleasant, particularly off the Mathis Ferry/Johnnie Dodds corridor.
In keeping with the I’On neighborhood’s nod to Lowcountry architecture, this Holy Cross chapel is an intimately-sized building inspired by the simplicity and timeless beauty of historic Lowcountry “Chapels of Ease,” which were critical for serving the spiritual needs of parishioners who dwelled on plantations in the 18th and 19th centuries. Strawberry Chapel (near Mepkin Abbey) and Pompion Hill in Cainhoy are particularly influential in the design of this building.
Our first service in the I’On Chapel was held on July 12, 2015. While offerings may change in the early stages of establishing this location, the current worship service is a Contemporary Rite II service held at 10:30 am every Sunday.
In addition to Sunday worship, Holy Cross life groups are being established in homes in I'On and along the Mathis Ferry corridor to build community and share life together. To learn more about I'On, contact us at (843) 883-3586.
As Anglicans, we are part of a global communion of churches established over the centuries by the Church of England. The Anglican Church is a biblically based church with ancient roots and a treasure of rich resources that help us grow as followers of Jesus Christ to love God and serve our communities as Christians.
Anglicans have always sought to worship God faithfully with living forms of worship. Therefore, our services and liturgies mirror the worship of the ancient apostolic church while incorporating the common language and culture of the communities in which they are practiced. Furthermore, Anglicans incorporate both ancient sacramental practices and visual symbols to celebrate the certainty of our faith and the mysteries of God. Together, sacrament, symbol, and word, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, connect our senses with our minds and hearts.
In order to remain true to the teachings of Christ and the apostles, Anglicans have historically upheld the Holy Scriptures as God’s Word, have held to the summary of evangelical beliefs known as the Thirty-Nine Articles of Faith, and have accepted the three great Christian creeds, the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed, as the fundamental statements of the Christian faith. We celebrate the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as commanded by Jesus and we uphold the historic order of bishops, presbyters, and deacons in the administration of the church’s life and mission.
Today the worldwide Anglican Communion is experiencing both tremendous stress and tremendous renewal. The stress comes as some provinces depart from historic Anglican faith and practices and from the orthodox understanding of the Holy Scriptures. On the other hand, the renewal comes from the explosive growth of the gospel through Anglican churches and missions in many locations, particularly the “two-thirds world.” For example, there are more than 15 million Anglicans in Nigeria— over 5 times more than all the Anglicans in the United States.
For more information about Anglicanism, check out these sources:
‘Speculating in Anglican Futures’ An article by renowned Anglican theologian J. I. Packer, detailing the eight key characteristics of Anglicanism
Our Anglican Heritage, Can an Ancient Church be a Church of the Future? a book by John Howe and Samuel Pascoe
The Reverend Chris Warner
Chris began pastoral ministry at Holy Cross in 2003 and served as Associate Rector until 2007 when he was called to leadership at Saint Christopher Camp and Conference Center. After spending four years as Rector and Executive Director there, God called him to return to ministry as a pastor at Holy Cross. In 2015 he was officially instated as Rector (Senior Pastor) of the church. Chris is passionate about prayer, mission, and equipping and empowering God’s people. His call from the Lord is to teach, preach and pray and his purpose in life is to know God and make God’s glory known. When he's not working, you can often find Chris on the beach surfing. He and his wife Catherine enjoy life with their 3 children, Anna, Caroline, and Nathan, and two dogs.
The Reverend Jonathan Bennett
Associate Rector & Daniel Island Pastor
Jonathan is English, but has been in the United States since 2002, when he moved here to be the Senior Youth Pastor at The Church of the Holy Cross. During this time Jonathan met &married Melissa, also a youth pastor, and they worshiped at Holy Cross Daniel Island, for the first two years of its existence. In 2008, Jonathan went to work in Youth Ministry at Camp St. Christopher. While there, he discerned a call to ordained ministry. After graduating from Trinity Seminary, Jonathan was the Associate Rector at the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul, Charleston, before being called to be Associate Rector & Daniel Island Campus Pastor at The Church of the Holy Cross in the spring of 2015.
Jonathan and Melissa have three children: Hannah, Caleb, and Lizzie. As a family, they like walking, riding bikes, playing games, watching movies and playing soccer.
The Reverend Trevor Spencer
Associate Rector & Executive Pastor
Trevor (also know as "Trevorend" thanks to the youth group) is the only Southern Priest at Holy Cross having grown up in Summerville and moved to Charleston after college (He’s pretty sure that’s a good thing). He’s been a part of the Holy Cross family since 2006, first as member and now as Associate Rector and Executive Pastor after discerning a call to ordained ministry and attending seminary in Ambridge, Pa. In addition to preaching and pastoral ministry, he focuses on the organization of Holy Cross, youth ministry, men’s ministry and life groups.
Trevor’s heart is for community, recognizing that each Christian is called to minister out of a deep, abiding, and intimate connection to Jesus and to his body, their fellow Christians.
Trevor and his wife, Rachel, live in West Ashley.
The Reverend Sean Norris
Associate Rector & I'On Campus Pastor
Sean was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is from a large family of seven children. He met Kate while they were high school students on a church missions trip to Mexico and have been together ever since. Sean served many years as a lay leader in various churches and para-church ministries in both Pittsburgh and New York City, but his call to ordained ministry arose out of a profound experience of being met in his brokenness and pain by the radical grace of Jesus Christ. He graduated from Trinity School for Ministry and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. Sean and Kate felt God’s call to plant South Side Anglican Church in Pittsburgh in 2011. During their five years planting and leading South Side Anglican they welcomed their two daughters, Rhyan and Skylar, into the world. In the summer of 2016 they followed the Lord’s call to be Associate Rector & I’On Campus Pastor at The Church of the Holy Cross.
Sean loves playing with his family, singing and song writing, hanging out on the beach, exercising, watching movies, and tinkering with cars, motorcycles, and anything with an engine.
The Reverend Tom Simmonite
The Reverend Frank Sanders
Tom Simmonite and Frank Sanders are in charge of pastoral care at Holy Cross and both love visiting with Holy Cross members in their homes and during their stays at local hospitals.
Tom is a Charleston native and was ordained to the Diaconate at Holy Cross in 2004. Tom and his wife Elizabeth Tezza live on Sullivan's Island. Frank is a retired South Carolina lawyer and was ordained at Holy Cross in 2011. Frank resides downtown with his wife Susan. Both Tom and Frank have grown children.
Director of Operations
Leslie was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina and has served in many facets of church ministry for over 18 years. She says she feels blessed to have served on our Holy Cross staff for over seven years now.
Leslie met her husband Hal at a hockey game, married a year later and then moved to the Lowcountry. She especially enjoys retreat planning and time at Kanuga. Leslie has a daughter, Lila and black lab aptly named Puck.
Senior Youth Pastor
Jonny was born in High Wycombe, England and spent his life there until he moved to Charleston in August 2006, and begin his ministry at Holy Cross, serving as a Youth Minister to both our middle and high school students and their families.
Jonny says, "I love Jesus, my wife Katie, English Football, movies, sunsets, board games with friends, traveling, pizza, anything with caramel and a good cuppa tea!"
Associate Youth Pastor
Melissa has been doing youth ministry in some way, shape or form since 1998 and has just recently joined the staff of Holy Cross. She is passionate about teaching students God's Word, helping them learn how to read the Bible for themselves, and steering them in the direction of Jesus as they navigate this world...and adolescence! She enjoys sewing, baking, cooking, reading novels, exercising, playing games, and being active.
Melissa is married to the Rev. Jonathan Bennett and together they have three children: Hannah, Caleb and Lizzie.
Director of Traditional Music Ministries
Ann is a native Charlestonian and has served as a church musician in the area for 39 years. She says she does not remember the time she did not play the organ on a Sunday morning. Her father was her first organ teacher. She has been the director of traditional music at Holy Cross for 15 years and says, "I've watched it grow beyond any dreams." Her passion is excellence in worship. Her hobbies are 5K runs and gardening. Ann has been married to Steve Hood for the last 37 years and has two wonderful adult children, Angela and Billy.
Director of Contemporary Music Ministries
Trey is another native Charlestonian and has been the director of Contemporary Music for Holy Cross since 2005.
Trey says, "My amazing wife, Kelly, and I have three children. I enjoy leading musical worship, arranging and composing, mentoring, studying the faith, communion, playing tickle monster with my kids, and a good cup of hot tea."
Director of HIS School and children's Ministries
Sue began her journey with our Lord as a child on James Island in a Baptist Church. She met her husband, DuBose, at the University of SouthCarolina. DuBose introduced her to Holy Cross, and Sue says, "I fell in love with it and quickly began volunteering in children's ministries."
Prior to serving at Holy Cross Sue was Vice President of Strategic Services at Roper Hospital in Charleston. She joined the Holy Cross team in 2009 to lead children ministries and transformed a "mother's morning out" program into the one of the top preschools in the low country. "I praise Him for blessing me with this amazing job!! I hope to help many children learn about God's vast love for them."
Renee has served the church for many years and joined the Holy Cross staff in 2013. Renee's heart for service and prayer equip her beautifully for her role as Financial Administrator. She enjoys reading and decorating.
A mother of three, Renee lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband Dennis and daughter Rebekah.
Daniel Island Coordinator
Emily was raised in Florida in a large family with strong Southern traditions. Educated in Episcopal schools, she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and obtained two Masters Degrees resulting in careers in mental health, business management and education. Emily says she is blessed in marriage to a fine North Carolinian Wayne Hegamyer since 1979 and with a great "Lowcountry" son Graham. Other life factors include years of competitive tennis, an enthusiasm for reading, singing, varied experiences via travel and outdoor activities, a need to live near the ocean, avoid cold and to be involved, share and make a difference, a love loyalty for animals, true friends and Holy Cross, and as she puts it, "...a permeating Christian faith that continues to sustain her being especially through extreme challenges and has gifted me beyond all imaginings!"
Director of Communications
Zach was born and raised on John's Island. After graduating from Clemson, he came to Holy Cross as an intern where he mainly spent his time working with the middle and high school youth groups, leading worship, and going on pastoral visits with the deacons. Now he leads worship for our I'On campus and co-leads two of our high school lifegroups.
Currently, Zach is going through the discernment process for ordained ministry and is hoping to go to seminary in the fall of 2017. In his free time he loves to read and to go sailing.
A Sumter, SC native, Sis became an Anglican Episcopalian while attending Virginia Intermont College. After graduating with an AA at Virginia Intermont, she earned a BS in Biology at the University of South Carolina which lead to a 33 year career with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Controlin Water Quality and Shellfish Sanitation Division.
Sis has been a part of our Holy Cross staff since 2001, and provides a loving home for her family - Twister, an Australian Shepherd, Red Dog, "all-American" dog, and Cheeks, the cat.
Hal and his family have been members of Holy Cross since 2005 and he has been part of our staff since 2007. As Facilities Manager, Hal maintains the buildings, grounds, I.T. and facility scheduling. He enjoys time with his wife Leslie and daughter Lila. Hal is an avid carpenter and experienced at all disciplines of construction. An admitted "Disneyholic," Hal always looks forward to the family's annual pilgrimage to Disney World.
Chris has served God at Holy Cross longer than any one person in her history. He began his ministry in 1978. A life-long resident of Mt. Pleasant, Chris is a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loves the Lord and shows His love to everyone.
Stephanie Mann Reed
Administrative Assistant for Membership
Stephanie Mann Reed joined our staff in 2016 as an administrative assistant with responsibilities for office reception and helping visitors become members. Stephanie grew up in the Episcopal church and has many gifts which are reflected in her resume. She’s been an Art Teacher, a Librarian, an Actress and a Parish Administrator. She’s devoted much of her life to serving the Lord in his church through small groups, music ministries and leading Bible Studies. Stephanie is the mother of three grown children, Anna, Ian and Allison, all of who she proudly says are “successful and wonderful human beings.”
Life Groups Coordinator
Catherine grew up in the South and has her roots in Charleston. She initially came to Holy Cross in 2002 alongside her husband, the Rev Chris Warner and their three children. She graduated eons ago from UNC Chapel Hill and has taught Spanish and ESL in public and private settings. She has run her own businesses as well as actively participated in ministry in a variety of capacities since her childhood. She is most passionate about God and sharing His love with others. She also loves being with Chris and her kids at the beach, hiking in the mountains, reading a good book, shelling or being with friends.