Get To Know Our Vestry (Lee Stroud)


I was born and raised just up Hwy 17 in Jacksonville, NC. Wilmington has always been a part of my life; vacationing at area beaches as a child and back to school shopping trips to Belk downtown with a special lunch at the Ark. My parents moved to Wilmington when I was in college, so even though I never lived here, Wilmington became home for holidays and family gatherings. In addition, most importantly, both of my children fund their way to Wilmington.

Tommy and I retired here about 5 years. I retired from Onslow County Schools in 2012 where I had worked as a teacher in 2nd and 3rd grade, and I worked as a program coordinator for Title I. During Covid I have enjoyed having the time to read and to participate in the book studies on racism at Holy Cross. I love spending time with family and friends….especially my 2-year-old grandson. Before Covid I enjoyed volunteering and hope to be able to return to that soon. Spending time at the beach is a favorite most of the year.

I made my Cursillo in 2012 and met several parishioners from Holy Cross then. I would worship at Holy Cross when I was visiting in the area. What I love about Holy Cross is the sense of community at Holy Cross where we support each other in times of need and offer a variety of opportunities to come together to worship and learn, as well as to “play” together. The Episcopal liturgy is important to me and I love how the music team supports and enhances it. I love the way Holy Cross strives to serve others through a variety outreach projects. I currently serve on the Adult Education and Formation Committee and as a co-coordinator of the Angel Tree Ministry. 

If I could tell a newcomer one thing about Holy Cross it would it be. Come and see….you will be warmly welcomed. Come and hear…the message shared each Sunday and the music, which enhances our worship. Come and see… a parish that embraces those who attend and those who do not. All are welcome!

Lee Stroud

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