Trinity Cathedral in 2011. Wilson, one of America’s leading concert organists, has been Trinity’s organist and artist-in-residence since late 2009. A native Ohioan, he was director of music and organist at The Church of the Covenant in Cleveland for nineteen years, and continues as head of the organ department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
The Very Reverend Bernard J. Owens
The Rev. Sarah J. Shofstall
Tonya has been an accountant for 22 years. She joined Trinity in 2006 and is committed to being of service to the faithful stewards of the Cathedral. Her favorite quote is from John D. Rockefeller, Jr.: “I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.”
OSBA-certified paralegal, she worked in the legal department at Management Recruiters International, Inc. for 15 years. After her position with MRI moved to Philadelphia she did not know where she would be employed next but always said, “Wherever God puts me, that’s where I will be.”
a 1979 graduate of Cooper School of Art where he studied painting and printmaking. Upon leaving Cooper he taught Printmaking at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp. He is a cabinet maker trained in set and exhibit design. Sam is the owner of the website development company aSimpleMachine.com.,Ltd. aSimpleMachine.com provides Trinity with web development, maintenance, audio recording, photography, and other technical needs. When not building websites Sam hones his art as a certified barbecue judge for the Kansas City Barbecue Society. He also enjoys foraging for mushrooms, looking at the stars, and Geocaching with his son.
Patty has been a member of Trinity since 2003. She served on the Vestry for six years – two as Junior Warden, and four as Senior Warden, ending in 2014.
She has also served as Chair of Music & Art at Trinity Cathedral, Chair of the Music Director Search Committee, and on the Trinity Commons Executive Committee. Most recently, Patty was a member of the Dean Search Committee. On Friday mornings, you can find her hanging out at Trinity with the Knitting Pearls. She has attended several national meetings of the Consortium for Endowed Episcopal Parishes and was a delegate to Diocesan Convention. Patty usually attends the 11:15 service, however, she always attends the 9 a.m. service when her husband, Steve, performs with Trinity’s bluegrass band. Patty and Steve have two grown children. Their daughter Lily was married at Trinity in 2014 and now lives in Washington, D.C., and their daughter Faith is a member of Trinity who also plays in the bluegrass band.
Patty lives in Ohio City and she is active in civic affairs. She chairs a local block club and is a member of the Ohio City Visioning Committee. “By serving on the vestry, I will be able to provide institutional knowledge and perspective for governance and committee work, having worked on strategic planning, goals and objectives, and program evaluations for the cathedral.”
He enjoys working at the Urban Farm, and serves on the Property Committee; he has also been a Sunday School teacher. He can usually be found at the 9:00 service, but enjoys attending all of the Sunday services and Wednesday Choral Evensong. Paul is self-employed as a cryogenic consultant and has an engineering degree from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Paul is married to Beth Cooper and together they are avid supporters of Music & Art at Trinity Cathedral. They live in Cleveland Heights and have 2 grown daughters, Katie and Janet.
Tim Espy, Treasurer
the delivery executive responsible for the Oracle service line. Tim has been a member of Trinity since moving to Cleveland in 2010. Tim was very active in his previous church in Chicago (St. Paul Lutheran) serving on the personnel, stewardship and finance committees as well as Vice President of the Congregational Council. Tim, his wife Debbie, and their two teenage boys live in Shaker Heights.
Gary has been a member of Trinity since 2007. He is an attorney who has worked with churches and non-profits for more than 30 years.
At Trinity, he has been part of the Greater Cleveland Congregations core team since the beginning, and he’s sung in the Cathedral Choir for 7 years. He’s also been part of the New Dean’s Welcoming Committee and the Stewardship Committee. Gary and his wife Melody Hart live in Cleveland Heights, and they attend either the 9:00 or 11:15 service. They volunteer together with Trinity’s immigration/refugee ministry. Gary’s hobbies and interests include music, politics, poetry and bicycling.
after moving to Shaker Heights from Indianapolis. She has been a member of the Cathedral Choir, Knitting Pearls and a lector since she joined. As a choir member, she regularly attends the 11:15 service on Sunday, the weekly Choral Evensong service on Wednesdays, and monthly Solemn Sung Eucharist. In her past life, Beth was a genetic counselor, working in the area of prenatal diagnosis. In 2001, she chose to leave that field and since then has worked part-time at yarn shops, teaching knitting and selling yarn. In February 2019, Beth realized a lifelong dream and, with her friend and partner, she opened Around the Table Yarns shop in Shaker Heights. Beth is a lifelong Episcopalian and completed an adult catechism program as well as EFM, before moving to Ohio. Beth and her husband served jointly as Stewardship co-chairs in their last parish; she also taught Godly Play and was a co-leader of their congregation’s first Rite 13 program. Beth is a quietly spiritual person but as she has grown older and wiser, she has come to know that it is through all of our direct contributions and participation that the church will thrive, and be a continuing source of community, strength and leadership.
Jane is the Director of Behavioral Science in the Family Medicine Residency Program of Cleveland Clinic...
Akron General. She also has an independent psychotherapy practice. With the wider church, she was a deputy to General Convention in 2015 and will serve as deputy again in 2018. She has also been on the Disciplinary Panel for the trial of a bishop. At the diocesan level, she is currently on the Constitution and Canons Committee and recently completed her term on Standing Committee. She previously served on Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Council, Disciplinary Panel, Episcopal Search Committee, Discernment Committees and on the Bishop’s Advisory Committee For Applicants for Ordained Ministry. At the parochial level, she has served on vestries in other Episcopal Churches, most recently at St. Paul’s Church Akron, where she was the Senior Warden, and had chaired Mission and Outreach Committee, Capital Campaign, and Building Committee, and served as Verger, Lector, and Eucharistic Minister/Visitor. She joined Trinity Cathedral about five years ago and helps facilitate the Sunday Gospel Reflections discussions. She is married to Bruce and they have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters.
20 years and currently serves on the Finance Committee. Marie came to Cleveland in 1988 by way of Boston and then Cincinnati. She and her husband Clark Broida live in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, and have raised their four children there. Over the years she has served in a variety of Trinity ministries, including lay reader; Sunday School teacher; and Trinity Episcopal Service Corps Advisory Board member.
specialist, which includes coaching Science Olympiad and Model United Nations. She previously taught high school social studies. She received her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, and her master’s from Cleveland State University. At Trinity, Janet is involved in A Place at the Table, Community Gospel Reflections on Sundays, Becoming Beloved Community, ushering, as well as co-leading the Education Subcommittee for Trinity’s GCC Core Team. She is also excited to be starting EfM (Education for Ministry) at Trinity.
as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, annual organizer of Supper and Brunch Groups, as a member of Sacred Space and the Urban Farm, and as a past Sunday School Substitute. She usually attends the 9:00 service but enjoys all the services and Wednesday Choral Evensong.
Linda is a retired social worker from MetroHealth Medical Center specializing in trauma and mental health with Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University in Public Policy & Management and Social Work. She lives in Lakewood and has an adult son and married daughter in Cleveland. Linda enjoys travel, gardening, Cleveland Indians baseball and the arts, having volunteered at the Cleveland Museum of Art for many years.
Having been part of Trinity for almost 20 years and finding a rich spiritual home where all are welcome, Linda hopes to use her training and skills to benefit Trinity, its members and the community.
Mary Sickbert moved back to Cleveland and rejoined Trinity in 2013. Bryan previously served as a member of the Vestry and Trinity treasurer. He retired this January after 23 years of service as President/CEO of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Bryan has an extensive background in nonprofit governance and management consulting. He holds masters degrees in both theology and business. Currently Bryan enjoys being a part of the Trinity choir and pitching in with various volunteer opportunities.
In former lives, he was a Franciscan friar, a partner in an accounting firm, and a CFO and COO of a number of companies on the East Coast. More or less retired, he does spend some time developing residential properties on the east side and providing adult financial supervision to a number of entrepreneurs. Currently, Tony volunteers in the Trinity Development Office. Previously he was the treasurer of the Hathaway Brown Parents Association, DANCECleveland, and East Side Interfaith Ministries. Al, Cate and Tony moved back to Cleveland in 2010. Tony and Cate have been members of Trinity since 2012. Trinity, its clergy and its members have captured both of their hearts. Tony firmly believes that GIFTS MULTIPLY!
Tony identifies as a cis-gendered male, queer and trans(gressive).
graduate of Cleveland State University with a bachelors in English. Dale volunteers for many activities at Trinity, including: Food For Families, the MidWinter Feast, and Wednesday evening community suppers. His volunteer experience has included Hospice of Summa, Summit AIDS Housing and University Memory and Aging Center. Dale and his partner of 30 years live in University Circle.
Center after 37 plus years as an advance practice nurse. He graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s and master’s in nursing and have been married since August 2014 to Duane Culler.
Ron has been a member of Trinity Cathedral since 2001 and been involved in many ministries such as Vestry, Cathedral Council, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Food for Families, and ushering. He normally attends the 11:15
Choral Eucharistic worship service. Two afternoons per week, Ron volunteers on the bone marrow/stem cell transplant division at Seidman Cancer Center listening and talking to patients. He is also involved with our Patient and Family Advisory Council at Seidman.
Ron and his partner Duane live in East Cleveland in the Forest Hill neighborhood with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bailey and Guinness.
January 2013. A native New Yorker, she migrated to Chestertown, Md., where she was a parishioner at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. There she served as lay reader, chalicist, altar guild director, treasurer, Vestry and search committee member and diocesan convention delegate. Diane holds degrees in philosophy and psychology and a master’s in English and communications. She is retired from Bell Labs/AT&T where she was manager of technical publications, conducted campus recruiting, and served as instructor in technical writing in conjunction with RPI. Here in Cleveland, she is active both at Trinity Cathedral and the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Diane has six children, fourteen grandchildren and one great grandson. She is happily active in her 10-year-old grandson’s life — the person who drew her to Cleveland.
After serving as a Lay Professional in churches in three states for over 30 years, Nancy retired and is now
helping with “God’s work in the world”. Her background as an educator led naturally to positions as Minister/Director of Education and Youth Ministry, which were followed by directing work with youth and families in a Cleveland neighborhood. Currently, Nancy is a consultant and Neighborhood Program Officer with the MyCom Network, a youth development initiative in Cuyahoga County. A “cradle” Episcopalian, Nancy grew up at St. Peter’s in Ashtabula, has four grown children, and loves each of her nine grandchildren who manage to keep her very busy and involved in “fun”!!
Audrey Hudak has been a member of Trinity since 2012. She usually attends the 11:15 Choral Eucharist.
Audrey is active in Cathedral Choir, the Trinity GCC Core Team, and the New Dean’s Welcoming Committee; she is co-chair of the 20s/30s group, and she has been a youth program volunteer. Audrey lives in Cleveland Heights with her Siberian cat, Georgia; she is employed in hospital administration (public health). She enjoys singing, swing dancing, visiting art galleries, hiking, community organizing, and traveling. “I would be honored to be involved in church leadership at this pivotal and exciting time, with our new dean. I want to help build clarity around what both Vestry and Council do, what ministries do inside of these Cathedral walls, as well as outside in the community. I am especially excited about the ‘Undesign the Redline’ exhibit that is coming to Trinity this fall.”
First Year Experience at Lakeland Community College. Originally drawn to Trinity due to its Gospel-driven message of radical hospitality and inclusivity, he has been an active member of the Cathedral since 2016. David currently serves as an acolyte, usher and Eucharistic minister, as well as chair of the Cathedral Life committee. Prior to moving back to Cleveland, he was a member at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Albuquerque for seven years, serving on the Youth Adult Ministry Team, participating as a Eucharistic minister and lector. He was also on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Assisted Living (now closed) for many years. David holds undergraduate degrees in English, Biology and Chemistry, and graduate degrees in Humanities and English. He lives in Shaker Square.
She and her husband George attend the 9 a.m Mostly Jazz Mass, and the monthly 5 p.m. Solemn Sung Eucharist service. She is active as an Usher, a Lector/Intercessor, and with several Trinity groups: Green Team, Becoming Beloved Community, Daughters of the King, Education for Ministry, Faith Journey Book Club and a Sunday Brunch group. She has been involved in the past with Greater Cleveland Congregations, Christian Education and as a Greeter. Sandy has attended Diocese of Ohio Convention, Winter Convocation, a Lay Clergy Leadership workshop and the Lay Preaching College (she is completing requirements for licensure). During her working years, she was a volunteer coordinator, third-party workers’ compensation administrator, and account executive for a small business; she is currently retired. Some of her hobbies/interests are photography, social justice, environment, yoga and reiki. “My life experiences have been valuable to pursue a leadership role. I believe my ability to listen to all sides in order to end with a result in keeping with our mission is a valuable asset.”
PNC Bank. He has held various positions in their Asset Management Group including Trust Operations, Trust Administration, Fiduciary Risk Management and is currently a senior trust tax accountant. Mark enjoys singing and has been a member of the North Coast Men’s Chorus since 1999, has held various music ministry positions in years past for Catholic Churches in Lorain and Amherst, Ohio. He currently serves as a co-chair of the newly developed LGBT Ministry Team at Trinity. Mark is proud to be a part of a spiritual community where all are welcome. He was received into The Episcopal Church March 2014 along with Todd, his partner and husband of 33 years. They enjoy traveling to Provincetown, Mass., where they were legally married July 28, 2011. Mark and Todd reside in Lakewood.
Janet has been a member of Trinity since 2001. Usually attending the 11:15 Choral Eucharist, she occasionally worships at the 9 a.m. Mostly Jazz Mass and Wednesday Choral Evensong services.
She is a member of the Daughters of the King and has completed the four-year Education for Ministry (EfM) program. Her hobbies and interests include knitting and crocheting, reading, and traveling. Janet is an active participant in the Knitting Pearls and the Faith Journey book group. In 2016 she retired from full-time employment as a legal assistant at a patent law firm in downtown Cleveland, returning in 2017 as a part-time employee. She lives in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood with a family of one dog and three cats. As a senior citizen, Janet notes, “It has often been expressed that the children are our future, and in recent months I have been very impressed and find great hope in the children and young adults in our church and country. We must also remember that adults are living longer and enjoying active lives. I am running as a candidate for Council to offer another voice to our older generation.”
Daniel W. (Dan) Senger is a former Franciscan and Roman Catholic priest, who has been a proud Episcopalian for almost 15 years, and a member of Trinity Cathedral for almost 6 years.
He was received into the fold at St. Clement Episcopal Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, and he soon became a member of the Vestry, involved in Servant Leadership and intergenerational Summer Bible School. Dan was born and raised along the shores of Lake Erie and went to John Carroll University. He returned after ordination to teach and become Campus Minister at Padua Franciscan High School. Now he’s excited to be back for a third opportunity to be part of this dynamic city and in its midst, a church committed to social justice, hallmarked by radical inclusivity! He usually attends the 9 a.m. service and/or Solemn Sung Eucharist where he often enjoys serving in a variety of liturgical roles. Dan is a lifelong learner and educator—he is presently a Title 1 teacher at a small inner-city charter school. He’s been a teacher in Trinity Sunday School and guest leader at Chapel Chat. Last summer, he married Jimmy Estilloso in Trinity’s beautiful garden of a gallery. He loves being involved here and being part of a strong lay leadership-led faith community.
Abigail (Abby) Weaver
They have been attending Trinity since 2011 and worship at the 9 a.m. Mostly Jazz Mass. Prior to becoming a full-time mom, Abby was a Pre-K and first grade schoolteacher. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Ohio Northern University and her graduate degree from Cleveland State University. Abby currently teaches “Godly Play” in Trinity’s Sunday School. She is also active in Trinity’s Food For Families program. On her role and the future of Trinity she says, “I’m hoping to become more involved at Trinity as the church continues to navigate this period of transition. Younger families need a voice, for we are the future of the church.”
Michael Wells is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University,...
where he still teaches courses in research and writing. He also has a retirement therapy job as a bookseller at Appletree Books in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He was initially drawn to Trinity Cathedral by its historical interest, which he says, “stems from the appeal of that which is antique, romantic, hierarchical, ceremonial, and universal.” He has now been a member of the congregation for 18 years. He found the “Middle Way” so attractive that he is still walking it. While the author of a number of articles and short biographies that focus on Trinity itself, its windows, and the history of the Episcopal Church in NE Ohio, Wells has tried to be of service to Trinity as a catechist, sacristan, acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, and verger. He is a Trinity docent and chaired the Bicentennial History Committee. He trained as a Stephen Minister, served on Trinity’s GCC Education Committee, and volunteers at Food for Families.