The Rev. Claudia D. Raggie, Pastor

Pastor Raggie has been the Pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church since 1996.  Among her primary responsibilities are coordinating the ministry and personell at Holy Cross and the overall vision for Worship life.

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.

Virginia Ward, Synodical Deacon

Virginia Ward is a Synodical Deacon at Holy Cross, where she has been a member since 2000.  She is the co-leader of our outreach music ministry where she has helped spread God's word through music to various venues such as nursing homes, coffee houses and churches.  She is currently a confirmation teacher, and ministers to both Lakeshore and Arbors Adult Home.  She was also the co-leader of the Reach services on Sunday evenings at Holy Cross for ten years. 

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. 



Barbara Drewes, Church Administrator

Barbara joined the family of Holy Cross in November 1999 and has participated in many special projects and shared in various ministries including choir, the Church Council and Outreach. She became Church Administrator in February 2008
and continues to enjoy the opportunities she has to serve the congregation





























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 Lanscaping Ministries.
















Anne Biondo, Church Sexton

Anne has been a member of the church for many years.  She served on the Noah's Ark Preschool Board, and sang with the choir, in addition to serving as the fellowship hall sexton for 11 years.  In addition, she has been running the meal madness program for confirmation for over four years.








Charlie Ward, Sound Technician


Sue Taylor, Sound Technician


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