Church Council



Council President
Tim Russell 

The President will preside at all meetings of the voters assembly and Church Council, and will be the chief officer of the congregation. The President will assist the Pastor in working with the church staff in regularly scheduled meetings. The President will direct each Church Council member to give at least an annual report to the congregation about accomplishments from the past year and upcoming plans.




VP of Ministry to Members
Pam Livingston

Pamela was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She transplanted to California in 1996 and joined Holy Cross in 1999.  She remembers from her first visit to Holy Cross that the congregation was friendly and made her instantly feel welcome. She enjoys helping others and spending time with family and friends. Pam's hobbies include photography, gardening, and traveling. 




VP of Ministry to Non-Members
Gene Eckert

Gene is currently serving on the church council in the position of Vice President - Mission Outreach. He's a long-time Holy Cross member who has loved the wonderful opportunities to serve the Lord and His people including: encouraging child and youth ministry, singing in the choir, leading the hand-bell choir, Bible studies, participating in Mission trips and encouraging all of us to support and be a part of Joining Jesus on His Mission nearby, far away, and everywhere in-between. He and his wife Joan are together blessed with 5 children, 16 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren - family gatherings are a joy!




Jeannine Boettcher

The Treasurer regularly monitors the financial activities of the Church and delivers financial reports to the Church Council.  The treasurer is also responsible for preparing the annual budget and presenting it at the annual June Voters' Meeting for approval.  The budget may be amended and voted on again at the January mid-year Voters' Meeting if necessary.The Treasurer serves a 2-year term and may serve 3 times, for a total of six (6) years.



Council Secretary
Karen Heinitz

Karen joined Holy Cross in 1976 and became the VBS Director in the 1980's.  She loves to play the guitar and sing with children songs of praise.  She enjoys sharing craft activities with children that help them learn about Jesus. 




Head of Trustees
Kelly Codemo

The Head of Trustees looks after the condition and health of the church campus facilities.   This position manages bids on large projects and organizes the bi-annual work day to clean and tune up the facilities.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in helping with facility and/or grounds maintenance as we depend on volunteers for most of our projects.




Chairman of the Children's Center Board of Directors  
Donna Balistreri

Donna Balistreri serves as Chairman of the Children’s Center Board of Directors. Serving on the board is very important to me, because the Children Center is a valuable ministry at Holy Cross and provides a safe, Christ centered environment for children. I help with different outreach programs at Holy Cross and play in the bell choir. Loves doing mosaics and cake decorating.




Vice-President of Children and Youth
Mike Fehrenbach

The Vice President of Children and Youth oversees the Children’s Ministry (covering ages pre-K through 6th grade) and the Youth Ministry. This person meets regularly with and works closely with the Youth Director in promoting Spiritual growth and activities of the children and youth. The Vice President of Children and Youth will prepare a report for each meeting of the voters and of the Church Council regarding the plans and activities of the groups and committees under their responsibility, and will meet regularly with these groups.

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