Christian serves as the rector of Church of the Cross and his responsibilities include preaching, overseeing the staff team, and providing pastoral care. He grew up in Indiana, went to college in Ohio, did seminary in Illinois (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and ended up in Minnesota (but he still roots for the Colts…well, actually, he doesn’t really care about football, but if he did, he would be a Colts fan). One of his favorite things to do as a pastor is to get together with people and hear about their lives and their interests. He enjoys spending time with his wife Molly and four kids—Aidan, Cyrus, Drew, and Lottie. He also enjoys reading (novels, history, theology, movie reviews), running, traveling to new places, and working obscure cultural references into his sermons.
Molly has loved serving at Church of the Cross since it began in the Ruch’s living room. The living room is still used for hosting Newcomer Dinners, planning meetings, cookie exchanges and more. Her focus at church is helping develop leaders and strategize mission, especially in her role as Church Plant Coordinator for the Minnesota Deanery of the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest. Like her husband, she loves to read but they typically don’t share books as hers include topics on art (including wallpaper design), architecture and business. Museums are places she goes for both solace and to be reinvigorated, and her four children often accompany her, sometimes willingly. She loves to learn people’s interests and connect them to others with the same. She likes the smell of coffee but not the taste, so she’ll join you for coffee and have a cup of tea.