The Rev. Claudia D. Raggie, Pastor

Pastor Raggie was ordained a pastor 1982 through Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, Missouri. She has been a team pastor in Baldwin, M0. and E. Northport, NY. She as been Lead Pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church since 1996. She loves her Lord and loves the people of Holy Cross.  She sets the tone of the ministry by leading excellent worship, encouraging
prayer requests and inviting all to participate in the life of the ministry and mission of HCLC with hands on service. She has introduced a more contemporary flare to our worship. Pastor Raggie seeks to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. And she believes that the local church, as God designed it, is the hope of the world.

Suzanne Beckles, Synodical Deacon

Suzanne Beckles is a Synodical Deacon at Holy Cross, where she started with her holy baptism, first holy communion, Sunday school and confirmation.  She began her studies as a Deacon in 2013 and was set apart as a Synodical Deacon in 2018.  Suzanne serves as a team member with our extended worship ministry at two assisted living facilities.  She has also been a confirmation teacher at Holy Cross since 2015.  In addition, Suzanne coordinates the worship assistant team and acolytes during our worship services.  She is currently looking to form a team for our Liturgical Dance Ministry.


Bob Lewis, Synodical Deacon

Bob graduated from the 2 year diaconate program in 2020 and is now doing his internship at Holy Cross, where he has been a member for the past 15 years. He currently serves the congregation as the church council President, worship assistant and choir member. Bob invites you to check out our ministry and join us on our faith journey to know and share the love of Christ.

Doris Ahrens, Church Deacon

Doris Ahrens is Church Deacon at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.  She has been a member of Holy  Cross for  over 50 years. She has served  as a teacher in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Confirmation.  As Deacon, she leads the worship team bringing worship to the residents at Lake Shore Assisted Living Facility, Lake Ronkonkoma and Arbors Assisted Living, Bohemia.  She also makes visits to the home-bound  and those in the hospital.

Kenneth Zagare, Minister of Music

Kenny has been at Holy Cross since January 2006, and leads our worship choir and festival choir.  He received his BM in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, and completed his MS in Education at SUNY Stony Brook.  He is the pianist for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Nassau & Suffolk County Symphonic Choirs.  He sings with the eVoco vocal ensemble which tours Long Island giving concerts.  He is also the choral director at Malverne High School in Nassau County. 

Mary Beth Heinicke -

Technology Administrator

& CSW, Eldercare

Mary Beth is a confirmation teacher at Holy Cross, in addition to her duties as Technology Administrator.  She is an elder care social worker and feels blessed to be part of the Holy Cross staff.

Kathy Stuerzel, Bookkeeper

Kathy has been a member of Holy Cross since 2003 and became the church bookkeeper in 2014.  She also volunteers with the Outreach and Landscaping Ministries.