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.

  The Reverend Deacon Teresa Houser  Deacon  Executive Director, Magdalene Omaha  Founder & Coordinator, Friends of Tamar   teresa@magdaleneomaha.org   

The Reverend Deacon Teresa Houser
Deacon

Executive Director, Magdalene Omaha

Founder & Coordinator, Friends of Tamar

teresa@magdaleneomaha.org
 

   The Reverend Deacon Joe Lenow    Deacon    jelenow@gmail.com

The Reverend Deacon Joe Lenow
Deacon

jelenow@gmail.com

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.

  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, 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   Dir. Children’s, Youth, & Family Ministries      swilkins@trinityepiscopal.org  

Sue Wilkins

Dir. Children’s, Youth, & Family Ministries    

swilkins@trinityepiscopal.org
 

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   Director of Communications   ksmith@trinityepiscopal.org

Kyle Smith

Director of Communications

ksmith@trinityepiscopal.org

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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