Our Clergy & Staff

To contact a member of the clergy, staff, or vestry, please call the parish office at 601.856.2593 or use the Contact Us page.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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.

After serving as Associate Rector for seven years, Will is now Rector of the Chapel of the Cross. 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.

The Rev. Tom Fanning

Associate Rector


Tom is a native of Jackson, MS. He attended St. James Episcopal Church in Jackson, MS where he sang in the youth choir and was an acolyte. Both he and his wife, Marjie, are cradle Episcopalians. In 1988, they   moved to Madison and joined Chapel of the Cross.  During his time at the Chapel, Tom worked with the acolytes, chalice bearers and inquirers’ class and served on the vestry. Also, during this time Tom discerned a call to the priesthood. In August 2003, he and his family moved to Sewanee, Tennessee where he attended seminary at the University of the South. Upon graduation from seminary in May 2006, Tom served St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Brandon, Mississippi for seven and a half years. He then accepted a call to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pascagoula, Mississippi where he served as rector for nine years. Tom and Marjie live in Madison and are very happy to be back home at the chapel.


Samantha Benge

Parish Communicator


Samantha (Sam) acts as first point of contact for the Chapel. Her responsibilities include running our social media accounts, sending out our bi-weekly emails, scheduling worship volunteers, creating and printing weekly service bulletins, and managing our Day in the Country vendors. A graduate of Belhaven University, Sam came to work at the Chapel in May of 2021. She grew up in Madison and now lives in Flowood with her husband Alex and their dog Pearl. Sam enjoys traveling, reading, and photography.

Edward Dacus

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.

Doug Goodin

Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries


Doug is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where he majored in Theatre and Political Science.  While at UGA, he spent considerable time working with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and WinShape Camps for Communities.  Doug is very excited to be called to the Chapel, help our young people take ownership of their faith, and foster a welcoming and productive environment for the Chapel’s youth ministries. When not at the Chapel, Doug can be found watching any number of films new and old.

Carleen Hicks


The Chapel welcomed Carleen to the family in March 2020. She directs our event setup, maintenance, and hospitality services. She is a loving mother and a delightful friendly face around the Chapel!

Haylee Nix

Preschool Director


Haylee graduated from Mississippi State with a B.S. in Human sciences with a concentration in Human development and family studies. She has lived in Madison for 9 years and worked at Chapel of the Cross for a little over three and a half years. She began with COTC Preschool as a 3-4k teacher then moved up to Director after earning a Nationally recognized CDA or Child Development Associate credential. She met her husband Andrew Nix, who was born and raised in Madison, at MSU. They will have been Married 9 years this coming November! They have two beautiful Daughters Emma Ryan and Mary Reece. They have been church members at Chapel of the Cross for the last two years!

Dana Tiffin

Parish Administrator


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.”