Holy Cross Episcopal Church

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The Leaders of Holy Cross Episcopal Church

Staff & Vestry

The Clergy Staff

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Mark is currently the rector (lead priest) of Holy Cross. In June 2003, his family said good-bye to the military community and the Navy Chaplain Corps. and accepted a call at Holy Cross.
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Martha was ordained a priest at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco and received her Masters of Divinity degree from CDSP in Berkeley in 2002. Her earlier education was done at Bates College, Maine; Oxford University, England; and Tufts University, Massachusetts. Her previous careers include: waitress and barmaid, English teacher, stay-at-home mom, church and community volunteer, and Coordinator for Children’s Ministry at St. Timothy’s, Danville. While in seminary she did her Field Education at Holy Cross and fell in love with the community. After a wonderful three years of service at St. George’s, Antioch, she accepted an invitation to “hang her stole” at Holy Cross in 2005, which she still does with great joy, having officially joined the staff in 2007. In addition to regular preaching, presiding, and pastoral care, Martha oversees many small groups, including: On Our Own, Family Circle, Community Care Team, Healing Team, The Kids’ Academy, Contemplation Group, Shawl Ministry, Women’s Events, and the yearly Women’s Retreat. She also offers Spiritual Direction. In her Sabbath time she enjoys reading, entertaining, traveling, baking, and precious time with family and friends.
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Holy Cross is not hosting any students from our local seminary at this time.

The Parish Cat

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Ted is a rescue from the Hayward Animal shelter and joined the staff in May of 2014. You can find him wandering the campus to greet visitors, chase rodents, and join us for worship. At night he lives in the conference room.

In Memoriam

The late Oreo, the parish cat

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Oreo arrived at the same time as the Spauldings, as if he was called too. In June 2013 our parish lost a faithful companion that has been fixture around and about our parish for a decade. Whether worshiping with us, especially at the 8:30 service, chasing the rats out of the bushes, or sitting on paper in the conference room; he was a faithful member of our community! We miss him…

The Clergy Staff

  • Rector: The Rev. Mark A. Spaulding (ext. 201) -- rectormail
  • Associate Rector: The Rev. Martha Kuhlmann (ext. 202) -- associatemail
  • Pastoral Associate: The Rev. Pamela Cranston — assistantemail


The Lay Staff

  • Director of Music: Mr. Ray Hickman -- music_mail
  • Office Administrator: Ms. Bonnie Pikul (ext. 200) -- office_mail
  • Bookkeepers:
  • Ms. Diane Granlund
  • Ms. Pat Oakman

The Vestry

Rector's Warden: Diane Granlund
People's Warden: Janet Williams
Clerk: Cheryl Farley
Vestry Ministry Team Coordinators

        Adult Formation: Alissa Fencsik
        Outreach: Richard Patenaude
        Worship & Arts: Kirk Demlinger
        Facilities: David Fencsik
        Welcome: Lara Montano
        Parish Life: Susan Nunes
        Youth & Child Formation: Beth Watson
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Holy Cross Episcopal Church
19179 Center St
Castro Valley CA 94546