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The Rev. Ben G. Robertson, IV
Ben is the 21st Rector of the Chapel of the Cross. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he graduated from Kenyon College in 1996 and Virginia Theological Seminary in 2003. Before being called to the Chapel in 2014, Ben served as the Assistant Rector of St. Matthew’s, Louisville, Associate Rector of Calvary, Memphis, and Rector of All Saints’, Gastonia, North Carolina. Between college and seminary, he worked as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ben is married to Ellen, an Occupational Therapist and PhD Candidate in Clinical Anatomy at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and they are blessed with two children, Anna and Henry.
Ben’s passions in the Church are many, especially ministry with children and families, leadership development, using social media as an agent for evangelism, and crafting meaningful worship experiences kindled by the grand Anglican tradition.
Ben’s favorite prayer was written by the Rev. Addison K. Groff. It prays, in part, “disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wilder seas where storms will show Your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.”
The Rev. William Hewlett Compton
Will has been at The Chapel of the Cross since July 2015. A native of Meridian, Mississippi, he received his degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University in 2008. Following college, he worked for four years as a credit analyst at Hope Credit Union. He received his Masters in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2015. He and his wife Sarah, from Brandon, Mississippi, were married in December 2009 and have a son, John Owen, born in March 2014.
As Associate Rector, Will collaborates with Rector on a variety of ministries and responsibilities. Other duties include the charge of worship volunteers (lay readers, ushers, acolytes, vergers), pastoral care and young adult ministries. He is fed by a deep love for the liturgy which began as an acolyte long ago. His love for the liturgy is rooted in the belief that it is nothing less than an encounter with God that transforms lives.
In his spare time, Will enjoys being with family and friends, reading, and attending Mississippi State athletic events.
Director of Music
In addition to serving as organist and choir director for the Chapel, Michael Beattie has served as President and Executive Director of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer for the Louisville Orchestra. Before his work in arts administration, he served in a 25 year career in full time church music, taking him to Youngstown, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky, and Omaha, Nebraska. Beattie was selected as one of 12 orchestra executives from across the country to take part in a two-year Executive Leadership Program through the League of American Orchestras (2007-2009). He has been active with the American Guild of Organists on both local and national leadership levels. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s Degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Dana Tiffin joined Chapel of the Cross staff in July of 2014 as Parish Administrator. In addition to providing general oversight for the office administration, Dana handles our parish memberships, pledges, vendor information for Day in the Country and cemetery plot information. Prior to coming to the Chapel Dana worked for 7 years on staff at Pisgah High School providing a broad spectrum of clerical and administrative support. She also served for 6 years in the Pre-School at Ridgecrest Baptist Church teaching 3 & 4 year olds.
Dana was born and raised in Jackson before moving to Madison in Jr. High and graduating from Madison Central High School. Dana is married to Michael Tiffin and they have four children Hunter, Savannah, Chase & Sarah. The Tiffin’s are active members of Ridgecrest Baptist Church and reside in Madison.
Dana says, “I am so blessed to be able to be part of the Chapel of the Cross. I have loved getting to know the parishioners and see God working within the parish. I am equally blessed to be a part of such a great team to work alongside every day.”
The Chapel of the Cross is governed by a committee of twelve people called a Vestry. The Vestry, which is led by the Rector and two Wardens, helps define and articulate the mission of the parish, supports the Church’s mission by word and deed, ensures effective organization and planning, and manages resources and finances. The Senior Warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the Rector. The Junior Warden is responsible for parish property and buildings. Both wardens are elected by the prior year’s Vestry, and the other members are elected by an Annual Meeting of the parish. The Treasurer and the Clerk are elected by the Vestry, and may or may not be members of the Vestry. The Vestry meets monthly, usually on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Library, and all members of the Chapel of the Cross are welcome to attend their meetings. Minutes of said meetings are posted here.
The Chapel’s 2019 Vestry:
- Chair: The Rev. Ben Robertson, Rector
- Senior Warden: Molly Meeks
- Junior Warden: Tony Risher
- Treasurer: Whit Rayner
- Clerk: Sarabeth Clark
- Youth Representative: Claire Lominick
- Class of 2020: Amanda Camp, Debbie Lominick, Jim Russell
- Class of 2021: Rebecca Haas, Steve Middleton, Reggie Sims
- Class of 2022: Ellen O’Neal, Bob Williams, Jake Winter