Clergy & Staff
The Rev. Dr. Rachel Anne Nyback
The Rev. Dr. Rachel Anne Nyback is rector at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach. She has served St. Cross since her ordination in 2004. She was the associate for family ministry and rector-elect. She has been rector since 2010. She enjoys working with the clergy and staff to build a team that supports the many ministries of the parish they serve. St. Cross is a lay-lead parish and she sees a main focus of her ministry to be sustaining lay leadership for current ministries while encouraging new leaders and ministries when the Spirit calls forth a new ministry. She teaches through her preaching, her pastoral care and her care for the parishioners of St. Cross. She is constantly challenging her congregation about where they can be active in the wider South Bay community and not just within the parish community.
Rachel's love of ministry come from the combination of two of her passions: Jesus and people. Not matter where Rachel lands, she enjoys making new friendships, hearing peoples' stories, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ through relationship. She has lived and worshiped in Massachusetts, Paris, Kuwait and Virginia. Each parish helped form her into the priest she is today though the multicultural experiences of worship in foreign countries with many nationalities worshiping together in common prayer, and in other parts of the United States which gave perspectives very different than that of Southern California.
In the Diocese of Los Angeles Rachel has served on the Program Group on Stewardship, the Program Group on Youth (as a youth and a young adult), and on the Standing Committee, currently as the representative to the Commission on Ministry. She is active in two clergy groups and also is part of a weekly sermon workshop with four seminary classmates.
Before following her call to priesthood, Rachel was a fifth grade teacher in Southern California public schools and in Kuwait. She received her MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2004 and her DMin from VTS in 2015. She benefited greatly in her first years of ordination as a participant in the Lily Foundation First Three Years program, which seeks to form newly ordained priests in healthy practices that will sustain them throughout the lifetime of their ministries. This program along with her passion for teaching formed her doctoral thesis on best practices for the formation of newly ordained priests. Currently, she is in charge of the supporting the mentors for the mentoring program for newly ordained priests in the Diocese of Los Angeles, and has served as a consultant on this topic in other dioceses.
Rachel is a child of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Born in Long Beach, baptized at St. Timothy's, Compton and raised at St. Paul's, Pomona (both congregations served by her father who is also a priest). In her free time she loves to read, cook for friends and family, embroider (which you will often see her doing at convention while listening) and go camping in the summer. She cannot decide if she loves the beach, mountains, valleys, or desert the best, as it all depends on where she is at the moment.
The Rev. Greg Brown
The Rev. Greg Brown is the assistant rector at St. Cross Episcopal Church. He has served at St. Cross since moving to the South Bay in 2013. Initially, he focused on youth, children, and family ministry, helping support the Sunday School system and even helping start the Upper Room, our youth group for junior- and senior-high students. In 2015, with the hiring of a new Director of Christian Formation, he has moved to focus on pastoral ministry, special projects, and stewardship. Over the summer of 2016, while Rev. Rachel was on sabbatical, he took her place in managing the staff’s day-to-day work at the direction of the Vestry.
Before coming to Los Angeles, Greg served as the Associate Rector for Worship and Christian Formation at Christ Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He oversaw the Sunday School program for the 6,000-member church, and helped plan and support the 10 different worship services the church had throughout the week. His favorite experience there was team-teaching “Behind the Bible,” a weekly Adult Ed class offering background on the various books of the Bible, intended to support people as they attempted to read the entire Bible in a year.
Greg received his M. Div. from the General Theological Seminary in New York, New York. While there, he served as the Chief Sacristan for a year, leading a team of 25 people to plan and ready the chapel for the 20 different services throughout the week. A native Oaklander, he was sponsored for ordination by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, California through the Diocese of California, and was ordained in 2012. Greg also was lucky enough to meet his wife in seminary; he and the Rev. Stefanie Wilson have been married since August of 2015, and enjoying it the entire time. Stefanie serves as the High School Chaplain at Campbell Hall Episcopal School in North Hollywood, California.
Before responding to the call to priesthood, Greg lived in the Bay Area and worked as a chemist focused on environmental problems (mostly cleanup), and later on drug research and synthesis for the pharmaceutical industry. He was an active parishioner at St. John’s from the time he was a youth until he was ordained, serving on the Vestry, studying with EfM, and doing youth and young adult ministry at the parish and diocesan level. His chemistry background still helps him with his greatest love, cooking; he is also an avid runner.
The Rev. Patti Angelo
The Rev. Cn. Robert W. (Bob) Cornner
This is my 62nd year of my life as a Christian that started at St. Cross. I was baptized, confirmed, and sponsored for ordination from this wonderful St. Cross community and my sons were baptized and confirmed here too. I served as a public school teacher for 24 years and spent my last seven years as the principal at the same high school in which I taught.
I retired to answer the call to serve as the rector at neighboring Christ Church in Redondo Beach and after 15 years of serving there, I retired in November of 2015. I am married to Madelyn Rosen and we have three children: Ben, Matt, and Ariana. We have a Granddaughter, Alex and a soon to be born second Grandchild.
I am ever thankful to Rachel for inviting me to come back to St. Cross and to help as I can. It is very good to be back home. Thank you for your kind welcome.
I am excited to serve St. Cross as our Director of Christian Formation.
I came from the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego where I served, vocationally and avocationally, for nearly twenty years. As a young guitar player, I worked with my home parish to shape our contemporary worship service in the mid-90’s, and I’ve loved adapting and writing new liturgical expressions ever since. I brought that experience shaping and leading services -- as well as the same guitar! -- to our beach services this summer.
As a Youth and Young Adult Minister throughout the diocese of San Diego, I served several congregations with a focus on bringing a balance of ministry from the entire parish body, from Acolytes to Vestry, by engaging parishioners based on their interests rather than age. Having served on several diocesan commissions, greater church design teams, and now the Program Group on Youth Ministry in LA, I find great purpose in serving the entire body as well as our village church.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed experiencing our tent-pole ministries for nearly a year now: Fiesta Hermosa, Beach Mass, Christmas Pageant, Eat Drink & Be Merry, Upper Room, and Summer Breakfast to name a few. I look forward to staking some new ones in the years ahead. My sons and I continue to feel very welcome here and enjoy serving with an extraordinary Christian formation team of talented children’s ministers.
The ocean is an incredibly sacramental, refreshing place for me and I thank God for this time with St. Cross and pray that it continues to be a sacramental season of growth for all of us.
Organist and Choir Master