Pastor Beth Birkholz was born in Flint, Michigan, and is happy to be back up north after many years away. After multiple moves as a child due to family job transfers, her family settled near Knoxville, Tennessee where most of them still live. She went to Trinity Lutheran Seminary, did a pastoral internship in Colorado, and then served several churches in the Atlanta, Georgia area over the next 16 years.
Pastor Beth loves being on or near water of any type, trail running, yoga, square pizza, and dark roast coffee. She is certified as an Ashtanga yoga teacher and will be happy to discuss why Ashtanga is like Lutheran liturgy. Together with her husband, Pastor Scott, they have two children, two cats, and a Good Dog named Chipper.
Pastor Beth records a podcast most weeks that discusses the translation of the week's Gospel reading from the original Greek to the English. It can be found on the Revs Podcast page.
Pastor Scott grew up in upstate New York. He graduated from the State University of New York in Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio with a Master of Divinity degree. After interning in Washington D.C. and Denver, Pastor Scott served three calls over sixteen years in Atlanta. He has been a youth director, associate pastor, new church planter, and senior pastor, and now serves as co-pastor of Holy Cross with his wife, Pastor Beth Birkholz.
Pastor Scott is a frequent contributor to Living Lutheran magazine and was one of the writers of the 2010 movie Get Low, which starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray. He followed up the movie by writing a book on the same story titled Uncle Bush's Live Funeral.
Pastor Scott and Pastor Beth have two children, two cats, and a seventy-pound lap dog named Chipper Jones. They love the outdoors, and Pastor Scott is especially fond of lacrosse and Syracuse University sports. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, his blog, and email.
Cindy Channey is the Office Administrator at Holy Cross and is often the first friendly face you see when you walk in the door (and the first voice you hear on the phone!). She makes sure bulletins are ready for worship services, puts the monthly newsletter together, maintains the church calendar, as well directing “traffic” in a very busy building.
Growing up in Livonia, Cindy attended Franklin High School and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree and teaching certification for Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Cindy is married to Mike and they have a daughter, Sarah, who attends Grand Valley State University. She is also “mom” to Chloe dog and Alley cat.
Please contact Cindy for any administrative questions, including scheduling life events, building use and renting the Fellowship Hall.
Kimberly Rowe is the Director of Youth Ministries here at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Her job includes working with youth to ensure they feel comfortable and accepted, while having fun and learning about the Gospel. Kim has worked with young children and youth for most of her life, including volunteering for three years in the youth program, teaching at a daycare facility and working as a nanny. She currently resides in Westland with her husband Jason and their sweet pup Lily. In addition, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out and enjoying the great outdoors. Most importantly, Kimberly’s previous experience being a youth in the Lutheran church has formed her strong passion to be a part of youth ministries now.