Holy Cross Episcopal Church

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The Leaders of Holy Cross Episcopal Church

Staff & Vestry

The Clergy Staff

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I have a varied and diverse background both within the church and outside the church. Coming from a Baptist church upbringing and becoming an Episcopalian during grad school degrees in Political Philosophy and Constitutional Law have helped to guide and navigate my understanding of who we are as people of rich variety. I was supported all through my higher education with the GI Bill which I secured from my days in Army service as an enlisted service member in the Finance Corps where I learned all things DoD finance.

From my seminary degree, Virginia Theological Seminary, I landed in Lexington, Kentucky and at Christ Church Cathedral where I was the Canon Evangelist for approximately 6 years. As we were looking at moving on a different path, I began to explore the ministry of dedicated interim work. This would help me remain flexible to move with my husband, Ray, and we ultimately landed here in the San Francisco Bay area with our youngest, Anna.

I took my official transition training with Rev Dr Rob Voyle who teaches using the Appreciative Inquiry method and approach. This method works well with my own keen interest in being curious and helping folks to move from the basic question of “who are we” to embracing who we are in a positive and uplifting way. I think of transition as normal and work to help normalize this for everyone!

In this diocese I have served multiple churches and missions. Each is unique. Each has an organic personality and history that make them unique. I walk through the door with an open posture of meeting these folks right where they are and join with them in this journey.

I love what I do. I love God. I love God’s people.
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The Rev. Pamela Cranston, our associate priest, is thrilled to announce that her new book of poetry called The House of Metaphor has just been printed! It is now available through the Wipf and Stock Publishers website, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. It will also be available soon through Ingram Distributors and other on-line bookstores. It will be available in paperback, hardback and ebook.
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The poems in Pamela Cranston's The House of Metaphor are an intoxicating blend of spirit, edginess, gravity, play, and paradox, gifts we are given from a mind having what Einstein called "a holy curiosity." With subjects ranging from singing potatoes to angels and assassins, slave and master to moving recollections of her own childhood and her experience as a priest ministering to hospice patients, the book pulsates nonstop with the poet's vigor and variety, powered through her boundless imagination and lyrical intensity. Everywhere are surprises, and Cranston's choice words and marvelous metaphors seem to have been joyfully plucked from the heavens.

  • Interim Rector, The Rev. Audrey Miskelley can be reached at rectormail
  • Pastoral Associate, The Rev. Pamela Cranston can be reached at assistantemail

The Lay Staff

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Dylan Snodgrass has played piano and written music since age 7. He studied music at UCSD, Florida State University, and Cal State University East Bay. His experience as a musician includes Classical chamber music, solo performance, choral accompanying, and instrumental accompanying. He has taught piano to many private students since 2007, and has also been a church music director since 2007 at Episcopal Churches.

Dylan has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, mostly in Hayward and Castro Valley. He loves living in Castro Valley,and his favorite hobbies include kayaking at Lake Chabot, playing tennis, walking, and reading. He loves playing for church, and being part of a church community, learning more and more about Jesus’ Love and about God in our lives. God is great, and he believes that all good in our lives comes from God.

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

The Vestry

If you would like to contact a member of the vestry click here: vestry_mail

  • Senior Warden/Facilities: Diane Granlund
  • Junior Warden/Communication: Janet Williams
  • Treasurer/Financial: John Lange
  • Parish Life & Welcome: Josie Ramos
  • Outreach: Denise D'Errico
  • Facilities: David Fencsik
  • Child & Youth Formation: Beth Watson
  • Education: Debra Collins
  • Search Liaison: Alissa Fencsik
  • Clerk: Cheryl Farley
Delegates to Deneary:
  • Lynne Lange
  • John Lange
  • Alissa Fencsik
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The Parish Cat

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Our beloved Ted passed away on March 10, 2024. He was a rescue from the Hayward Animal shelter and joined the staff in May of 2014. He was 16 years old and was loved so very much! We will miss his sweet presence and will remember all the joy he gave us.

Holy Cross Episcopal Church
19179 Center St
Castro Valley CA 94546