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.

Ryan Ruffing
Director of Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry

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 graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and 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, served as music director from 2013 to 2018, and now serves college students and young adults in our community, in partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach. Ryan is married to Libby and they have a daughter.

Sam Newcomer
Music Leader

Sam is originally from Indiana and has called the Boston area home since 2012. He studied religion and the arts at Belmont University and graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an M.Div. When not making or writing music, Sam enjoys being outside, playing board games with friends, and exploring and learning about the history of Boston.

Parish Council

This council of men and women, five 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.  

Mission and Ministry Team

This team gathers monthly to learn about ministry together, to recognize where God is at work in our community, and to strategize about various ministries. This team is made up of the Clergy, Ministry Staff, Parish Council, and Ministry Team leaders. It helps us create a broader base of leadership in the community, and it exists to strengthen our ministry together.

Neighborhood Group and Ministry Team Leaders

Our Neighborhood Group leaders 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 year to pray, deepen relationships, and talk about and shape our vision for the year ahead.