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.
Deacon Teresa Houser was ordained to the Deaconate in June 2017. In addition to her roles participating in the liturgy at Trinity Cathedral, Teresa founded the Friends of Tamar, an organization dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual violence in all its forms, including rape, domestic violence, and trafficking. It was from this work that efforts to establish Magdalene Omaha began. Based on Magdalene Nashville, Magdalene Omaha is a residential program for survivors of sex trafficking will live for two years while they learn a craft and experience living independently again. A survivor-run retail store, Thistle Lights, opened in 2018. For more information, see: http://magdaleneomaha.org/thistle-lights. Teresa serves as the Executive Director of Magdalene Omaha.
Father Joe was ordained to the priesthood in February 2019. He is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and the University of Virginia, and is a professor in the Theology Department at Creighton University. He serves in the weekly liturgy and works with the Downtown Episcopal Outreach ministry.
Marty Wheeler Burnett leads and coordinates the music ministry at Trinity Cathedral, where she has served since 2007. She conducts the Cathedral Choir, Schola Cantorum, Requiem Choir, and Summer Choir. Dr. Burnett serves as Director of the Cantate Choral Academy (our children's and youth choir program), oversees the Handbell Ensemble, and coordinates concerts and special music events. She 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.
Dr. Burnett’s liturgy and music blog, Praying Twice, can be found here.
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, OSB is the Monk in Residence for the Diocese of Nebraska and Trinity Cathedral, and is the Prior of Incarnation Monastery and the Benedictine Service Corps in Omaha. Brother James' ministry at the cathedral is focused on the prayer and spiritual life of the community and working with staff and volunteers on building fuller 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 is a Benedictine monk in the Episcopal Church and has previously served in monasteries in New York State and in South Africa.
Abby Zimmerman is a Kansas native and graduate of Kansas State University. She came to Omaha in the fall of 2018 and is currently a Residential Oblate of The Benedictine Way, living with the monastic community in North Omaha. Abby found the Episcopal Church through the St. Francis Canterbury house at K-State. Since then, she has worked and volunteered in youth and campus ministry for 4 years in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. Abby has found Omaha to be a second home, and is passionate about what she does in forming the young people of Trinity as disciples of Christ; overseeing Sunday School, Youth Group, and events for Children & Families.
Kyle Smith lives in Downtown Omaha with his wife Meghan, daughter Saoirse, and dog Hailey. Kyle grew up in Southern California and was previously a city planner for the City of Riverside, 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 University of Nebraska Medical Center. Kyle was confirmed as a member at Trinity Cathedral in June 2017. Kyle also is involved in the Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Nebraska, Education for Ministry, has served as a delagate to Annual Council, and is enrolled in the Lay Evangelist program at Bishop Kemper School of Ministry. Kyle also is involved in the Episcopal Communicators group, which includes lay and clergy leaders in the national church who focus on digital evangelism at the national, diocese and parish levels. Kyle is a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and enjoys hiking, traveling and exploring Nebraska.