Trinity Cathedral Announces The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston As Acting Dean


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The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, III Joins Trinity Cathedral as Acting Dean

CLEVELAND, OHIO – March 1, 2017— Trinity Cathedral ( is pleased to announce that The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, III is Trinity Cathedral’s new acting dean effective March 1, 2017.

“We are so pleased to have Dr. Gaston as Trinity’s acting dean,” said Amy Wentz, Senior Warden for Trinity Cathedral. “Throughout his 27-year ministry, he has served in an interim capacity with notable success.  This, plus his exceptional pastoral skills and administrative experience, will assure a successful transition while Trinity Cathedral searches for its new permanent dean.” 

The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, III comes to Trinity Cathedral from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, where he was priest associate. Previously, he had served several churches in the Diocese of Ohio including St. Mark’s, Canton; Christ Church, Hudson; St. John’s, Cuyahoga Falls; and St. John’s, Youngstown.

Dr. Gaston has been ordained for 27 years, serving in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio as a “bi-vocational,” balancing ministry in the Church with work in higher education. A former provost at Kent State University, he is currently the university’s Trustees’ Professor, teaching English literature and higher education administration. He will retire from this position in May.  

On his appointment to Trinity, Dr. Gaston commented, “In several previous interim assignments, I have worked creatively and diligently to make myself redundant—eventually. But effective interim leadership is not ‘temporary.’ Focused on building for the future, it requires a commitment to maintain momentum, to clarify vision, to support the congregation, and to engage the community.” He continues, “We will celebrate all that Trinity has achieved as we discern the kind of leadership needed from the next dean. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with a gifted and dedicated staff and with the cathedral’s search committee in creating an inviting portal for that person.”

Dr. Gaston is a frequent speaker on higher education issues. He has authored several books, two of which concern quality assurance and higher education reform: Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why It Must (2013) and The Challenge of Bologna: What European Education Has to Teach Us, and Why It’s Important That We Learn It (2010). His most recent book represents a departure: Ohio’s Craft Beers (2016).

He earned the M.A. and the Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  Dr. Gaston lives with his wife, Eileen, in Hudson, Ohio.

About Trinity Cathedral:

Trinity Cathedral, the Cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, invites participation from people of all faiths, races, nationalities and walks of life. Trinity’s congregation is the oldest in Cleveland, founded as a parish in 1816, and draws members from nine Northeast Ohio counties. Trinity offers stirring worship, thought-provoking programs and world-class music. Its outreach ministries serve those in need and its social action activities support Trinity’s commitment to a just and sustainable Northeast Ohio. Renowned for its architecture, the Cathedral is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 2230 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland. 

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