Rev. Dennis Bartels is the Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church of North Miami and has served the church and the community since August of 1986. Pastor has a passion for sharing the Word of God, and seeing people come to Christ. Holy Cross is very much intertwined in Pastor’s family. His father-in-law, Reverend Karl Kreuger served as Senior Pastor at Holy Cross for over 20 years, at which point Pastor Bartels became the senior pastor. Pastor Bartels and his wife have been married since 1977 and have been blessed with four wonderful children– Karl, Stefanie, Rachel, and Kimberly, and one grandson Miles Jr.
Pastor Bartels was born in Iowa on October 12, 1953. He was raised in the farming community of Schleswig (population 800). After graduation from college in 1975, he worked for three years as a recruiter for St. Paul’s College, Concordia, Missouri. Soon afterward, he entered Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and graduated in 1982. His first four years of ministry were at St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Memphis, Arkansas. In July 1986, he was called to serve as Pastor at Holy Cross where he has continued to serve faithfully. Pastor Bartels is also active in the community, working with the North Miami Police Department, the Chamber of Commerce, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, His House Children’s Home, A Caring Pregnancy Center, etc. In his years of service, Pastor has touched and transformed thousands of lives, and the impact of his ministry is evident worldwide.
Sherry Mackey is a long-time resident of South Florida who grew up in the North Miami area and is a graduate of Barry University. Employed by Holy Cross since 1993, she has been Principal since August, 2000. Mrs. Mackey is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Mackey's educational philosophy is that all children are unique and need a stimulating educational environment where they can flourish physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. With this in mind, she endeavors to create a warm, family-like environment at Holy Cross where all students can feel accepted, loved and valued for who they are. Mrs. Mackey has received the North Miami Mayor’s Economic Task Force Education Award, The Wheat Ridge Ministries "Flock of Eagles" award for excellence in urban education, and was recently selected as the recipient of the Ben Eggers Award as an outstanding Lutheran School Administrator.
Roslyn Noel is the business manager forHoly Cross North Miami. She is originally from Trinidad & Tobago and immigrated to the United States in 1979.
Compliments of the U.S. Army, Roslyn lived throughout the United States for six years before making her home in Florida in1985. Roslyn was first introduced to Holy Cross North Miami through its school. She then became a member in 1993. Both of her children were confirmed at Holy Cross North Miami and have been active members.
Even after moving to Broward County, Roslyn and her family maintained their membership at Holy Cross because it has always felt like home. In 1998, Roslyn joined the staff of Holy Cross North Miami. Her goal is to stay with the church until retirement because of her love for the Holy Cross family and how they have been a blessing to her.