Staff


  • Pastor Cliff Bira

    Pastor Cliff Bira has been the Pastor at HC for 32 years. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne in 1981 with a Masters of Divinity Degree.  He has been married to Carolyn for 38 years, and is the proud father of two grown daughters (both married) and the proud 'papa' to three grandsons and a granddaughter. Pastor Cliff sees HC as a "training center", where God's people discover their God-given Life purpose and mission for serving and reaching their community for Christ.  Pastor Cliff is a charter graduate of the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership, and has completed four years of training from the Pastoral Leadership Institute. He is also a Certified Mission Coach working with new church planters, church workers, and churches working toward missional revitalization.  He is also the Coordinator for Intercessory prayer for the Center for United States Missions and convener to national intercessory prayer gatherings in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod since 2009.


    You can access Pastor's Prayer Blog Here.


    You can contact Pastor at pastor.cliff123@holycrosslutheran.com


  • Carolyn Bira - DCE

    Carolyn has been on staff at Holy Cross for 20. years. Holding both a B.S. in Secondary Education and a Director of Christian Education (D.C.E.) Specialists degree from Concordia University Seward, NE. Carolyn helps plug people into specific ministries at HC, oversees adult education, plans worship services, and a great deal more. She and Pastor Cliff have two grown & married daughters, and three grandsons and a granddaughter.


    You can access Carolyn's daily devotional blog Here.


    You can contact Carolyn at carolynbira@gmail.com

  • Diana Batema - Office Manager

    Diana is office secretary, administrative assistant, and all around right hand woman! She has been a member of HC since 1992 and on staff since 2003. Diana is probably the person you will talk to if you call HC. She is married, has two adult children and two adorable grandchildren.


    You can contact Diana at office@holycrosslutheran.com

  • Mike Jones - Youth

    Mike grew up at HC and has been the Youth Worker since 2013. He is also our worship leader during the Contemporary Worship and a phenomenal bass player. He is a Pipe Fitter by day and an evangelist all of the time.


    You can contact Mike at mojonesbass@gmail.com

  • Elizabeth Risner - Bread for Life

    Elizabeth has been a vital member of the staff for 5 years, working with the children's educational department and our Bread for Life ministry to hungry children in the Flushing area. She is married, has one beautiful daughter and is an Occupational Therapy Assistant.


    You can contact Elizabeth at elizabeth.smith@holycrosslutheran.com

  • Karen Rocker - Treasurer / Secretary

    Karen has been the treasurer for HC since 2007. She is married and has lived in Flushing for her entire life. She has two daughters and two step daughters. She has 5 grandchildren and 40 chickens.


    You can reach Karen at secretary@holycrosslutheran.com