We've been downtown for a while now.


The community of Trinity has been worshiping 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.

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A Cathedral for Nebraska

As the Cathedral, we are proud to be the “Mother Church” of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska. Our diocese is an organization of over 50 churches located all over the Cornhusker state, our Diocese is a diverse community of people who gather to encourage and support each other in worshiping Jesus, nurture each other through good times and bad, and reach out in service to the larger world.

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"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 and Rector


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
Director of Congregational Life


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


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.


The Reverend Deacon Teresa Houser

Executive Director, Magdalene Omaha

Founder & Coordinator, Friends of Tamar


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.


The Reverend Dr. Joe Lenow
Priest Associate


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.


Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett
Canon Precentor


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. 

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Stacy Gustin
Office Manager & Financial Administrator


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



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, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries


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.

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Kyle Smith, Director of Communications


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.


Linda MacTaggart, Administrative Assistant


Bill Dunbar, Head Verger


Maurice Thompson, Sexton


Beau Mohon, Intern

Beau Mohon is from western Kentucky where he calls the South home. He was raised Southern Baptist but has since found his place in the Episcopal Church. He is pursuing a degree in political science and theology, where he has attended Bellarmine University in Louisville, as well as Murray State University. He has served as a peer minister at both universities where he loved the opportunity to work with students in helping them maintain a healthy and well-rounded life. He looks forward to continuing his life in service to others by working in the Benedictine Service Corp and as an intern with us at Trinity Cathedral.