Trinity Cathedral To Get Special Christmas Present!

Trinity Cathedral To Get Special Christmas Present!

New Dean Will Arrive Just in Time to Preach on Christmas Eve


Contact: Sam Hubish, 216-774-0479,


CLEVELAND, OH – The Reverend Bernard J. (“BJ”) Owens, IV has been elected Trinity Cathedral’s new Dean after a national search. Dean-Elect Owens will arrive in Cleveland in late December, just in time to preach at the downtown Cleveland cathedral’s Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The Rev. Bernard J. (BJ) Owens, IV“Trinity is an incredible church,” wrote the Rev. Owens in his November 26, 2018, letter to the Trinity congregation. “I was drawn to Trinity by all the ways that you minister to the city of Cleveland, the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, and to one another. Trinity’s legacy of faithful leadership through the years, both lay and ordained, provides a rich foundation of history and vision upon which to build and grow.”

Prior to his appointment at Trinity, the Rev. Owens served as rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Greensboro, North Carolina for eight years. There, he led a growing church, with new members among both young families and mature parishioners. In addition, St. Andrew’s Church has increased its financial sustainability by creating a reserve fund and adding significantly to its endowment fund.

The Rev. Mr. Owens attended UNC-Chapel Hill and Yale Divinity School. Between his undergraduate and graduate study, he worked in film production in New York City.

Dean-Elect Owens is Trinity Cathedral’s 12th Dean. He follows Dean Tracey Lind who retired unexpectedly in 2017 due to serious health issues. During the transition, the cathedral has been served by an acting dean, the Rev. Paul L. Gaston.

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 all corners of Northeast Ohio. 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.

For more information on Trinity Cathedral and its programs, call 216-774-0479 or visit