Our Staff

Pastor photoWilliam Beyer, Senior Pastor (email: william.beyer@holycrossclayton.com)
 
Pastor Bill accepted the call to serve as the Mission Developer for a new Lutheran Church in Clayton in October, 2000. The church officially chartered in October 2001 and Pastor Bill continues to serve as the Senior Pastor of Holy Cross.  Pastor Bill is a 1987 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps. He worked for a year as a personal assistant to United States Senator Paul Trible in Washington, DC and then served four years on active duty, three of them in Germany, as an Army communication officer.
 

In 1992 Pastor Bill left active duty, joined the Army reserve as a chaplain, and enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1996.  He served as the pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1996-2000.  Pastor Bill retired from the Army reserve in 2005.  He and his wife, Sue, have one daughter, Sarah.

Rebekah Bajwa, Director of Family Ministry (email: rebekah.bajwa@holycrossclayton.com)
Rebekah grew up in California and attended college at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. In 2009 she completed the Director of Christian Education program and did her internship at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church in Kernersville, NC. In 2010 Fountain of Life called her to be their Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries, where she served until 2017. 
 
Rebekah and her husband, Wick, currently live in Durham with their puppy, Nuvo. Rebekah loves baseball, kickball, working out at the gym, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends. God has blessed Rebekah with a heart for Family Ministry, and the patience and compassion to socialize with children, youth, and adults. She wants to instill a love of learning about Jesus in people of all ages and provide them the tools they need to cultivate their faith. 
Wendy Neuschafer, Open Arms Director (email: openarms@earthlink.net)Wendy_photo
Wendy did not grow up in this area but has lived here since 1997. Her father was in the Air Force so as a child, she moved several times.  She became a member of Holy Cross in October, 2003.  At that time, Wendy operated three child care centers in the Johnston County area. She became very active with the childcare governing board and officially joined Open Arms as the director in September, 2006.  Since 2011, Wendy has been assisting our Southeastern District with developing other Christian Child Development Centers.  She has a wonderful group of child care teachers working with her at our facility.  Wendy lives in the Cleveland Township area with her daughter, Emily and son, Matthew.
Cassy Welch, Administrative Assistant (email: cassy.welch@holycrossclayton.com)
Cassy was born and raised in Michigan. While in Michigan Cassy received her Associates of Arts from Grand Rapids Community College and then attended Grand Valley State University. She moved to North Carolina in 2011 and began working with Holy Cross in October 2012. Cassy lives in downtown Clayton with her son, Bryce, and daughter, Savannah.