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 Joe was ordained in June of 2018 in the Diocese of Virginia, and is thrilled to be serving his transitional diaconate at Trinity Cathedral. 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 will be serving in the liturgy and working with the Downtown Episcopal Outreach ministry.
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, 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.
Sue Wilkins grew up in small town Nebraska in a large family of five boys and two girls. After graduating high school, she left Nebraska to attend Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota where she received her degree in English Literature and Writing. After graduating, Sue moved to Seattle where most of her ten years there were spent working with children in a long term mentoring program called Friends of the Children. She left Seattle to attend graduate school at Regent College in Vancouver, BC where she received her Master's of Theology and then subsequently returned to Nebraska two years ago to focus on a writing project and spend time with family.
Sue says, "I'm genuinely looking forward to being a part of Trinity Cathedral. Through the interviewing process, it became clear to me that Trinity is a place where the Spirit is at work and I'm happy to join such an excellent team. I'm also excited to know each of you at Trinity and I do hope that you'll come up and introduce yourself if I don't manage to do it first!"
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. 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 serves as a delegate to Annual Council. Kyle also is involved in the Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Nebraska, Education for Ministry, 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.
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.