Dean Loya joined Trinity Cathedral in September of 2013. A graduate of Hastings College and Yale University, he previously served as Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. He has also served as Campus Missioner for the Diocese of Kansas, and has served congregations in South Dakota and Massachusetts. He is married to Melissa Tubbs Loya, a biblical scholar, and they have a daughter, Mari, and a son, Asa. You can read Dean Loya's sermons here.
The Reverend Steven King serves as Director of Congregational Life at Trinity. Steven is a native of Lawrence, Kansas, and is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Virginia Theological Seminary. Steven oversees the day-to-day operations of the cathedral office, and develops lay leadership and programs with children, youth, and families. He is married to Ellen King, and their son, Jack, is one month old.
The Rev. Deacon Ellen Ross is a life-long Episcopalian, and resident of Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was ordained a Deacon at Trinity Cathedral in May of 1988 and has continued to serve here throughout her ordained ministry. She serves liturgically at all services, and visits those in hospitals or with limited mobility providing fellowship and communion. She also serves as a Director and Secretary of the Fund for the Diaconate, a corporation that serves Episcopal deacons by helping to provide grants and allowances in times of financial need.
Marty Wheeler Burnett is responsible for leading and coordinating the music ministry at Trinity Cathedral, where she has served since 2007. She conducts the Cathedral Choir and Summer Choir, serves as Director of the Cantate Choral Academy (our children's and youth choir program), and oversees the Handbell Ensemble and the Cathedral Concert Series. Dr. Burnett plays the organ for all liturgies, including weddings and funerals, oversees maintenance of the cathedral’s instruments and choral music library, and offers her skills as a resource person in the diocese.
Stacy has been a member of the Trinity Cathedral staff since 1992. As the Office Manager and Financial Administrator, she is responsible for maintaining the financial and parish records, coordinating the cathedral calendar, and assisting the Dean, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Treasurer with various projects. Additionally, she coordinates the Every Member Canvas, assists with coordination for weddings and funerals, and assists all Cathedral ministry teams.
Brother James Dowd of the Order of the Holy Cross is serving a two-year position as Monk in Residence. Brother James's ministry is focusing on enriching the diocese’s prayer and spiritual life, and discovering and building better ways to befriend the poor. He helps coordinate the prayer life at Trinity Cathedral, and serves as chaplain to the Downtown Episcopal Outreach community. Brother James preaches regularly at Trinity and is available as a guest preacher to the larger diocese, and for prayer workshops, retreats, and quiet days. Prior to entering the monastery, Brother James lived in New York City, where he worked as a director of more than 100 theater productions and numerous live events for television for more than 20 years.
As a cradle Episcopalian and a fourth generation member of Trinity Cathedral, Christine has a passion for one of the church's most precious resources - the youth. She has been happily involved in Church School and Youth Group for over twelve years. She instills in youth the desire to give of themselves and strive to make a positive impact in the world, as it is pleasing to the Lord. She demonstrates this by involving youth in hands-on service with charitable organizations such as: The Salvation Army, Together Inc., Siena Frances House, Children's Savings Institute, and The Omaha Food Pantry.
Becky Lowe-Weyand is a lifelong Episcopalian, originally from Lincoln. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Music and Women's Studies. She worked at Augsburg Fortress, the Publishing House of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in Minneapolis, for over seven years before returning to Nebraska. Becky also serves as a staff singer in the Cathedral Choir, as one of the soprano section leaders.