Church Staff



Matt Schuler

I was ordained and installed as the pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on June 21, 2015. Before attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, I met my wife, Liz, while we were students at Michigan State University. I’ve worked for Apple, as a TV news producer, technology columnist and public relations social media specialist. Liz works as an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay. Liz and I have three kids, Rebekah, Ezekiel, and Grace, and a fourth on the way. My kids attend Oxford Public Schools. If you have any questions about the church, about Christianity, or about me reach out via email.


Preschool Director

Roxann Marchesi

My husband, Steve and I live just a mile north of Holy Cross.  We have 2 daughters. Kristen is 19 years old and lives with the grandparents while attending U of M Dearborn. Caitlin is 17 years old, and is dual enrolled at Oxford High School and Rochester College. Believe it or not, both girls were students here at Holy Cross Christian Preschool. I am blessed to be a member of the Holy Cross church family for over 26 years now and to have been on the Holy Cross Christian Preschool staff since 2004. My educational background includes a child development associate credential, an associates degree in early childhood development, a bachelor’s in business, and hundreds (I do mean hundreds) of training hours in early childhood education. I’m looking forward to getting to know the families this year & I’m excited for the friendships, field trips, messy art projects, science experiments, Bible lessons and the organized chaos that is preschool. Just thinking about it makes my heart sing! Email:

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Ministry Coordinator and Organist

Alta brakefield

Growing up in Mid-Michigan I was actively involved in the music programs at my church. I took classes at Lansing Community College and Concordia University, Ann Arbor. I met my husband, Derek while working at Echo Grove Camp. In 2014, we welcomed our daughter, Annabelle into our family. I've served as an organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Berrien Springs. In 2015, we moved to the Metro Detroit area in order to be closer to family and became members at Holy Cross soon after. I am so thankful to be a part of the music ministry here. If you sing or play an instrument or know someone who does and would like to be involved in music at church, please let me know. No prior music experience necessary! Email me or just catch me at church on Sunday. I would be more than happy to talk with you!


Communications Lead

Laurel Droz

I joined the team at Holy Cross as Communications Lead in June 2017. After graduating from Oakland University in 2005 with a degree in Journalism I worked for a few newspapers before shifting into freelance work so I could stay home with my two children. When both kids were old enough to attend school I stepped back into the workforce, eventually joining with JAE Jewelers in Oxford as their Marketing and Media Manager. Through them I got involved with the Oxford community and met Pastor Matt through the our mutual involvement with the Oxford Chamber of Commerce. He encouraged me to apply for the position of Communications Lead when it became available and now here I am! I currently live in the village of Metamora with my husband, Andy, and our kids, Kat and Josh. Feel free to reach out to me at