Our Interim Rector

The Rev. Dr. Marshall Eugene Crossnoe

I was born and raised in Texas, and I started going to church when I was in middle school. After college I went to seminary, thinking I would become a Baptist pastor. Studying church history changed all that. I was drawn to the study of the Church’s longer tradition, especially her liturgical and sacramental worship. My wife Debbie and I were received into The Episcopal Church in 1993, and after seminary I received a PhD degree in medieval church history from the University of Wisconsin. From 1998 until 2019 I taught history at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Debbie and I are proud parents of Gabrielle and Claire. Gabrielle lives in Washington DC, where she just received a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Claire lives in Monterrey, Mexico, where she teaches high-school biology at the American International School. Both of them are making a difference.

I was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri in 2008 and from then until September, 2019, I served as part-time vicar at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, in Fulton, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Portland. During those same years I also taught classes for the diocese’s Episcopal School for Ministry, and for a short while served as ESM’s Dean. At the end of September, 2019, I began serving as part-time Interim Pastor here at Episcopal Church of the Advent, Crestwood.

I like to read good and difficult historical theology, like Maximus the Confessor or Henri de Lubac. During COVID-tide, I enjoyed watching back-to-back episodes of Battlestar Galactica and The Mentalist with Claire and Debbie. I also like playing electric guitar.

Our Deacon

The Rev. Dr. Deborah Goldfeder, Deacon

Deb began serving the Episcopal Church as a child in the children’s choir and Junior Altar Guild and continued in a variety of positions as she pursued a career in nursing. She graduated from a hospital-based nursing school in North Carolina and began her practice in cardiac critical care units southeastern US. She completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland in Baltimore and a Master of Science in Cardiovascular Nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

She practiced in a number of settings on the east coast before marrying Ron Goldfeder and moving to England where they lived for two years. The Air Force then assigned them to Zaragoza Air Base in Spain for three years where Deb began to perceive a call to ministry. They moved to Warrensburg, Missouri when that air base closed. When Ron retired, Deb accepted a position in nursing education in St. Louis and they moved here.

Deb began a ministry as a Faith Community Nurse after completing basic and advanced courses through Marquette and St. Louis Universities and served churches in the St. Louis area through Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries combining ministry with nursing but the call to further ministry continued. She completed a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary after which she was recruited by the Bishop of Lui, South Sudan to serve as a missioner in Lui from December 2005 to June 2006. She worked in the hospital, taught women to sew, taught theological education by extension to people aspiring to be ordained, preached regularly, and communicated regularly between Lui and Missouri building community. It changed her life and perspective toward mission and service.

She completed coursework at the Episcopal School for Ministry and was ordained to the diaconate in 2014. She served at Church of the Ascension at Northwoods for two and a half years during which time they began the process of merging with All Saints Episcopal Church before being assigned to Church of the Advent since Ash Wednesday of 2017.

She completed a Doctor of Ministry in Global Health and Wholeness from Saint Paul School of Theology in 2015. Her area of study focused on secondary traumatic stress in short-term missioners in South Sudan. She also teaches Liturgics at the Episcopal School of Ministry and has taught courses on Diakonia, Practical Theology, and Missiology there.

She was one of the founders of the SAJE Ministry at Church of the Advent and served as the Faith Community Nurse for the organization for ten and a half years before retiring from that position in 2020. She is currently the chair of the Companion Diocese Committee and on the board of Interfaith Partnership. She served two terms as a trustee of the Episcopal-Presbyterian Health Trust and on the Standing Committee for the diocese.