We've been downtown for a while now.

 

The community of Trinity has been worshipping in downtown Omaha since the city’s earliest days. Founded in 1856 by Nebraska’s first settlers, Trinity came through a financial crash, a building fire, and the struggles of the frontier before moving into a beautiful building on the corner of 18th and Capitol in 1883. We’ve been there ever since, making Trinity Cathedral the oldest church building in Nebraska still in use.

That long legacy has given us a love of beauty and history, which shows up in our architecture, our music, and our worship. It’s also made us committed to serving the physical, spiritual, and social needs of our neighbors as an inclusive, loving community where everyone can find a home.

Despite our long history, we’re also forward-looking. We’re open to new ideas and new ways of being, and we love trying out creative solutions to the challenges we face. In the spirit of our founders, we’re always ready for the next frontier.

 

 

"to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ"

-Book of Common Prayer, page 855

 

As Christians, we are called to join in God’s restoration of the world through Jesus. We’re meant to mend relationships, to respond to human need, to draw nearer to God in worship and prayer. That overall mission takes particular form in lots of ways at Trinity. Through our worship, our programs, and our community’s life together, we offer our gifts to God’s use in the world. No matter what we find ourselves doing, though, it’s all in service to what we aim to be: a gathering place where people can meet Jesus, be transformed by it, and help God transform the world. 

 

 
 

To us, “church” is a community of people, not a building or a denomination. We come to Trinity to be with people who teach us about the love of God. We come to be a part of something larger than ourselves. We come because praying, serving, and learning together is more meaningful—and more fun—than going it alone. 

 
The Very Reverend Craig Loya Dean cloya@trinityepiscopal.org

The Very Reverend Craig Loya
Dean

cloya@trinityepiscopal.org

The Reverend Steven King Director of Congregational Life sking@trinityepiscopal.org

The Reverend Steven King
Director of Congregational Life

sking@trinityepiscopal.org

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 Reverend Deacon Ellen Ross Deacon eross@trinityepiscopal.org

The Reverend Deacon Ellen Ross
Deacon

eross@trinityepiscopal.org

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.

Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett Canon Precentor mburnett@trinityepiscopal.org

Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett
Canon Precentor

mburnett@trinityepiscopal.org

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 Gustin Office Manager & Financial Administrator sgustin@trinityepiscopal.org

Stacy Gustin
Office Manager & Financial Administrator

sgustin@trinityepiscopal.org

Brother James Dowd Monk-in-Residence jdowd@episcopal-ne.org

Brother James Dowd
Monk-in-Residence

jdowd@episcopal-ne.org

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 Director of Communications

Kyle Smith

Director of Communications

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Positions

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.

Director of Children's, Youth, and Family Ministries

Director of Communications

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