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The Rev. Ben G. Robertson, IV
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 introducing folks to the traditions of Episcopal worship.
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 live in Madison with their son, John Owen, and two daughters, Addie and Betsy.
As Associate Rector, Will collaborates with our 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, rooted in the belief that liturgy 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.
Sarah Anderson joined the Chapel of the Cross family in August 2018. She was raised in Bay Saint Louis, MS and attended the University of Mississippi, graduating in 2017 with a degree in Political Science and History. While in Oxford, Sarah started volunteering at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and fell in love with youth ministry. Before coming to Chapel of the Cross, she followed a calling with the Young Adult Service Corps and served as a missionary in the Anglican Diocese of the Rift Valley in Tanzania for 10 months.
Sarah’s favorite part of the job is creating a welcoming environment for youth to explore and expand their relationships with God, the Church, and each other. On her off time, you can find her travelling, reading, and communing with cats.
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.
Parents' Day Out Director
Stephania became our Children’s Minister in October 2018. Before joining the Chapel of the Cross staff, Stephania served in the medical field for over 30 years. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Louisiana State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing. Feeling called to children’s ministry, she completed the Education for Ministry program at Sewanee, The University of the South’s School of Theology in 2012. She then taught at St. James’ School and was a substitute teacher at St. Andrew’s Lower School before coming to the Chapel.
You can find Stephania in and around the Education Building at the Chapel, where she coordinates Children’s Chapel, oversees Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Parent’s Day Out, tends our children’s garden, directs Vacation Bible School, and plans young families activities. Her favorite part of children’s ministry is hearing the funny (and often wise) observations children make about the Gospel. Stephania lives in Ridgeland with her dog, where she enjoys photography, biking, gazing at the stars, and spending time with her daughter, Colette.
Dana Tiffin joined Chapel of the Cross staff in July of 2014 as Parish Administrator. In addition to providing general oversight of our office administration, Dana handles our parish memberships, pledges, Day in the Country vendor information, 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 Preschool at Ridgecrest Baptist Church teaching 3 & 4 year olds.
Dana was born and raised in Jackson before moving to Madison in junior high and graduating from Madison Central High School. Dana and her husband Michael Tiffin have four children, Hunter, Chase, Savannah, and Sarah. The Tiffins 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.”
Emily Tipton joined the Chapel in June 2019 as Parish Communicator. She manages our online, print, and social media, as well as serving as the friendly face in our front office. A Gulfport, Mississippi native, Emily graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and English. She now lives in Belhaven and is the proud mother to many plants.
Emily’s favorite part of the liturgy appears in Eucharistic Prayer C, “At your command all things came to be: the vase expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.” Her favorite part of her job is coming up with puns for the weekly email subject lines.
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