Heather Cross is a parishioner at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York. She grew up in the Detroit area (baptized at St. Michael’s Church, confirmed at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, teen parishioner at Mariners’ Church) and moved to New York City with her family in 1985. She was married at Saint Thomas, and her husband is interred there. Heather is active at Saint Thomas as a lector and acolyte and has served on various committees, currently the adult education committee. She has also been involved at the Saint Thomas Choir School as part-time teacher, faculty mentor, and writer/editor. She received her BA from Harvard in History and Literature, and for ten years she taught across the curriculum at Friends Seminary. She now tutors middle and high school students while pursuing a writing career in both fiction and non-fiction. Her debut novel, Wilberforce, was published in 2015 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, and she is currently working on two new novels.