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Church Council 

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Steve Tate,

Council President

Steve Tate has been attending Holy Cross since 2013 when he retired from his second career in Silicon Valley and moved to Reno. 
Steve is very active in Holy Cross, serving on various other committees, as well as being Council President. He is married to Betty, who is also very active in the church and was recently appointed to serve on the Call Committee. They were married at Tyndall Air Force Base.
While in the USAF he had different assignments in the Continental US and Guam. Prior to retirement from the USAF his last assignment was in California.

Geordan Goebel

Council Vice-President
Geordan has been attending Holy Cross since 2014 when he moved with his family from Camarillo to Reno.
Immediately after moving, he visited a few churches with his son, Karl, in search of his home church and experienced such a warm welcome from Holy Cross that he said it felt like ‘coming home’.
He became a member of Holy Cross in 2014.  Geordan served on church council in California and was enthusiastic to serve at Holy Cross.
Geordan retired from the US Army after serving in the continental US as well as 4 years in Germany. 

Ed Brown

Ed has been attending Holy Cross since 2013 after he and his wife Cheryl moved from Felton, California.
Ed proudly served in the United States Air Force for 6 years.  He worked as an Electrical Engineer in until he retired in 2013.
Ed has 5 children, and more than 5 grandchildren.  He is happily married to Cheryl. 
The welcome  they received and continue to receive at Holy Cross encouraged him to serve on the church council and the maintenance committee.

Kathy Doyle

Kathy has been attending Holy Cross since 2013 when she moved to Reno from Marin County, CA, with her husband Charles.

Kathy was immediately drawn to Holy Cross because of its size and friendliness of the congregation members.  In addition to being on the Council, a few years ago Kathy started a Women’s Book and Bible discussion group based on books with biblical themes.  The group, which  always welcomes new members, is a good venue for women of the church to meet and discuss their own issues and views.   Kathy is also a member of Hooks & Needles, a church knitting and crocheting group that makes shawls, caps, scarves, blankets, etc. for various charitable groups around Reno.  Kathy is on the New Members Committee which organizes orientation sessions several times a year for new church members.  Kathy really enjoys being on this committee, as it gives her a chance to get to know prospective new members personally.

Kathy lived for most of her career in the Washington, DC area, where she worked for circa 30 years for the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Service . Upon retirement, she moved to San Francisco to work in the private sector, where she met her husband Charles.   Kathy is so happy to be in Reno and to be a part of the Holy Cross family.

Corrie Volinkaty

Katy Featherstone


Sandi Christman

Sandra Christman was born and raised in an USAF family.  Her parents served during WWII overseas, her mother a Navy Nurse was stationed in the Pacific and her father a pilot flew troops out of England.  Due to her parents being stations all over the US, her siblings were all born in different states.  Sandra received her Masters degree in English Education from the University of Arizona.  Sandra has 2 children, Marissa and Laine.  She is the proud grandparent of twins.

Soon after they arrived in Reno Sandra started teaching again at a middle school in Sparks, then started teaching at Pine Middle School after a few years where she ended her teaching career of twenty-six years, in 2013. Sandra enjoyed her years teaching middle school.

Sandra serves on the Altar Guild and Service Committee, as well as church council. She enjoys planning Holy Cross’ fellowship activities during the year and service projects which are outreach projects to the community and Lutherans throughout the world.  She is always looking for more people to help with both committees. She also enjoys working with the quilting group, as know how to sew is not a requirement.  She joined the church council because she thinks it’s important to be a part of the committee that helps guide the future of Holy Cross.

Jody Morrison

Jody loves Northern Nevada and, along with her husband, Jim, is thankful to be a part of the Holy Cross family.  Jody is touched by the spiritual message during services and the heartfelt congregation.  

Jody retired from her career as a Human Resources professional two years ago having worked in the education system as well as the banking, utility, and gaming industries. From her experience she will tell you that there are always more than two sides to a story and tries to look at situations and initiatives from a diverse perspective. She hopes this thinking will be a benefit as she serves on the Church Council.  Jody also serves on the Finance and Service Committee, and the Altar Guild, as well as having served on the church’s strategic planning and Staff Support Committee.

Jody loves spending time with her grandchildren and is especially happy that they look forward to going to church with her and participating in Godly Play. The way the Holy Cross congregation interacts and embraces the children means so much and truly is an extension of God’s presence and love.

Christy Moses