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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.
Organist & Choirmaster
A native of Canton, Edward Dacus holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s from the University of Mississippi, and a doctorate from Louisiana State University. He and Viola married at St. Peter’s in Oxford in 1985, and the highlights of their marriage are their children Emily Katherine and Jonathan. He taught at Oklahoma State University for six years before joining the faculty at Mississippi College in 1999, where he currently teaches classes in music history and piano technology.
Edward has served in numerous churches in a wide array of denominations for the past forty-seven years. Introduction to the Episcopal church while in undergraduate school resulted in a lifelong passion for music’s significant role in the liturgy and as well as spiritual development.
He also enjoys gathering random facts about passenger trains in this country.
The Chapel welcomed Carleen to the family in March 2020. She not only directs our event setup, maintenance, hospitality services, but also serves as Sexton at St. Columb’s Episcopal Church in Ridgeland. She is a loving mother and a delightful friendly face around the Chapel!
Stephania became our Children’s Director 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 activities for young families. 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.”