Our Team

Clergy and Staff

The Rev. Mark Booker


Mark is originally from Colorado, and he formerly worked professionally in the Rocky Mountains. After completing theological study at the University of Oxford, he ministered in congregations in Jackson, MS, and Washington, DC, prior to moving to Boston in 2009. Mark and his wife, Mandy, have four children.



Chris Dodds
Curate (Assistant Pastor)

Chris is originally from New Zealand, and prior to pursuing a call to pastoral ministry, worked in the fields of enterprise education, hospitality, and tourism marketing. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Chris is passionate about the call to make disciples of Jesus and the need to wrestle with what this looks like today. He loves that this passion often intersects with an enjoyment of great coffee, lively conversation, and reading. Chris is married to Kara.


Ryan Ruffing
Director of Music and Outreach

Ryan is originally from Ohio and has lived in Boston since 2007. After studying philosophy and biology at Kenyon College in Ohio, he worked in Boston’s nonprofit sector for five years, and then worked in campus ministry for two years. He recently graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and he has a deep love for the arts, philosophy, social justice, and dialoguing with friends about life’s big questions. He has been a member of CotC since 2009 and has served as music director since 2013.


Parish Council

This council of men and women, seven in total, meets monthly with our Rector to oversee the life and health of this community. They are a dedicated group that pray for this community and bring various skills, gifts, and experience to the leadership of the church. They do all kinds of things behind the scenes that make the ministry of Church of the Cross go smoothly. They also serve as the stewards of the church's resources.  

Neighborhood Group, Catechists, and Ministry Team Leaders

Our Neighborhood Group leaders, catechists, and ministry team leaders provide significant leadership in the life and ministry of our community. They are supported and encouraged by our staff in their various ministry roles. These leaders gather for a retreat day each August to pray, to deepen relationships. and to talk about and shape our vision for the year ahead. 

Website photos by Scotland Huber