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.
- Charles Alford, Sexton
Charles Alford serves Holy Cross as Sexton, in which capacity he is responsible for maintaining the physical plant, and opening and closing the buildings as necessary.Charles works cheerfully to assure that the church “puts its best foot forward” and has been publicly praised by former Bishop MacPherson for tremendously improving our “curb appearance.”
- Mr. Ronald Dean, Organist and Choirmaster Emeritus