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 pastor of Holy Cross.
Pastor Scott is a frequent contributor to Living Lutheran magazine and Christ in Our Home. He 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 his wife 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, and email.
Sally Messner is the Director of Worship and Music at Holy Cross, leading congregational song with organ, piano, and a variety of other instruments. With the pastor and the worship committee, Sally plans the music for services, and she prepares the chancel choir and chancel bells for participation in services.
Sally has served as a professional church musician since 2002, for twelve years in the Twin Cities before moving to Michigan in 2014. She earned a Master of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary (St. Paul) and a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from Valparaiso University (Indiana). Born near Lafayette, Indiana, Sally grew up in Griffin, Georgia, forty miles south of Atlanta. Growing up Lutheran in the South played a strong role in her faith formation.
Sally lives in Dexter with her spouse, Josh, their two children, and Sally’s mother, Sue. They like to grow food, read, and cook together. Sally and Josh also founded and manage the Elm Ensemble, a liturgical project that brings together professional and amateur musicians with great sacred music and creative worship planning to help keep the church in dialogue with diverse voices from Christian history.
Kimberly Rowe is the Director of Youth & Family Ministries here at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Her job includes working with children of all ages 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, Kim’s previous experience being a youth in the Lutheran church has formed her strong passion to be a part of youth ministry today.
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 “dog mom” to Chloe and Charlotte.
Please contact Cindy for any administrative questions, including scheduling life events, building use and renting the Fellowship Hall.
Morgan Walker is the Intern Pastor at Holy Cross. She is currently at student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in Columbus, OH, where she is studying to become an ordained pastor. Pastor Morgan attended Capital University, graduating in 2019 with a degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Education with a Psychology
minor. She has also worked as Director of Youth Ministry at Linwood Park in Vermillion, Ohio, where she is from. Last summer, Pastor Morgan completed her Clinical Pastoral Education Program (hospital chaplaincy) at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac.
Her fiance is an engineer with General Motors. In her free time, Pastor Morgan enjoys yoga, reading, taking walks and hikes, and traveling in non-COVID times!