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 they have one son, Jack.
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.
Kyle Smith moved to Omaha from Southern California in May 2016 with his wife Meghan and dog Hailey. Kyle was previously a city planner for the City of Riverside, California where he served the fast-growing city of 300,000+ people for over 11 years in a role which involved coordinating environmental & zoning clearances for upcoming development projects. Kyle represented the City in several outreach efforts and led an effort to streamline the otherwise complicated red tape that makes up the development process in California. Kyle and Meghan were married at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego in October 2015. They regularly attended All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena for several years before their move to Nebraska for Meghan’s position at the position at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Kyle was confirmed as a member at Trinity Cathedral in June 2017 and is involved in the Altar Guild and served as a delegate to Annual Council in 2017. Kyle also is involved in the Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Nebraska as well as Education for Ministry. Kyle is a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and enjoys hiking, traveling and exploring his new home state of Nebraska.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is a growing, vibrant faith community in Downtown Omaha. Trinity is deeply committed to forming disciples of all ages, serving those in our community in need, the Anglican choral tradition, and being a community center for spirituality in Omaha. Trinity is currently seeking to fill two staff positions. If you'd like to know more about these positions, please click on the position name below.