Welcome to Holy Cross!

Helping People Become  Fully Alive in Jesus!

Holy Cross is a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, founded in the 1960s here in Rochester, MN.  We have one worship service on Sunday mornings at 9:30, in which we use a blended style drawing on great hymns and the best of the latest worship music.  On Wednesday evenings throughout the year we offer a midweek opportunity for worship and fellowship, which we call Nightlife!  Our Sunday morning connecting hour from 10:45-11:45 includes fellowship time plus growth opportunities for children (KidzAlive!), youth (Ten-45), and adults.   We support local and international missions, and have been doing summer mission trips for youth since 2002.  Bible studies and other groups meet throughout the week. 

For more information on our overall Mission of Helping People  Become Fully Alive in Jesus, click on the following:

Statement of Faith                  Our Vision          Our Values               Our Mirror

Our Staff

Steve Schauder serves as our Lead Pastor, leading and overseeing our overall mission of Helping People Become Fully Alive in Jesus. Steve’s passion is to show people the Way to Jesus, share the Truth of Jesus and celebrate the Life that Jesus freely gives to all by grace through faith. His life-long partner in ministry is Jane who enjoys using her gifts of creativity, design, and music to help others experience the amazing love of Jesus.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin with a double major in Geography and Religion. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.  Jane also graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Business Administration. They have served congregations in Raleigh, NC, Villa Park, Illinois, and Odessa Texas and have been at Holy Cross since 1988.

Pastor Steve and Jane have six children and are the proud grandparents of five. They love to study the Bible together, work in their gardens and take on home projects.  Steve loves to cook and Jane is happiest when she can be tending to her flower gardens. Besides their passion for ministry they also enjoy cheering on their favorite team – the Green Bay Packers!

Fran was ordained into the ministry on Feb 24, 2013 at Holy Cross.

Fran serves as Director of Equipping ministries overseeing adult, children’s, youth and small group ministries. Ephesians 4:11-16 is the heartbeat of this ministry area as people are equipped to live lives of continual growth and service to others becoming Fully Alive in Jesus.

Fran received a Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University Winona, MN with a major in Social Work.  He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN.  He has served as Director of Youth ministries at Hosanna Lutheran Rochester and Zion Lutheran Stewartville prior to completion of seminary. 

Fran is married to Tammy, a cardiac sonographer at the Mayo Clinic.They have been married for 21 years and have two amazing boys Zeke (11) and Silas (7), who are both students at RCLS.  The Greens are a close family enjoying spending time outdoors, camping, riding motorcycles and traveling. 


Cindy Wessel serves as Director of Worship at Holy Cross, planning and leading worship and overseeing the Worship Area ministry teams. Cindy's passion in life is to help people grow in their understanding of God so they respond by worshiping Him in awe and reverence. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN, with a double-major in Bible and Church Music and emphases in Performance and Christian Education. She has been on staff at Holy Cross since 1997. Cindy is married to Chris Wessel, also a musician, and they have three grown children, Ehren, Jacob, and Katrina, and son-in-law William. In addition to her love for Jesus, her family, friends, and music, Cindy loves to read, bike, play games, and swim.

Curt has been an active volunteer with youth ministry since 1985, working with Jr High and Senior High youth through those years at various churches in the Twin Cities and here at Holy Cross.  In 2004, he took a 3 -year part time leave of absence to pursue this ministry further and now finds himself employed by Holy Cross as the full-time Director of Youth Ministry.  
He enjoys hanging out with teens, landscaping, gardening, home improvement projects, fishing, and puttering with just about anything mechanical, electronic, or computer related. He is extremely excited about Youth Ministry at Holy Cross, and is looking forward to what God has in store for us here in this place at this critical time in the lives of young people.   He asks for your constant prayers, your help and support, and is always available for questions or to help deal with a problem in the life of a young person.   He can be reached by calling the church, emailing curt@holycross-church.org, or calling his cell phone at 269-4952.

Curt has been married to his wife Lynn since 1986, and has two grown sons.