Message from Dean Owens: Introducing Allie Heeter

A Message from Dean Owens

Introducing Allie Heeter, Curate for Children, Youth and Family Ministry

(With a message from Allie below)

Dear Friends,

As you know, I have called Allie Heeter to serve as the Curate for Children, Youth and Family Ministry at Trinity Cathedral. Allie is a deeply faithful person who found her way to Christianity, not as someone raised in the church, but through her connection to an Episcopal youth group! As a young adult, she continued to work closely with youth as she discerned a call to the priesthood, and three years ago she began her studies at Bexley-Seabury Seminary. In that time she has worked closely with Christ Church, Hudson here in the Diocese of Ohio.

Allie will serve Trinity as a lay program associate until her ordination as a deacon, which we hope will take place in the fall, followed by ordination to the priesthood six months later.

She begins work this weekend with the preparation lock-in for those participating in the Diocesan Mission Trip to Franklin, PA, and will begin work in the church office this coming week. Much of her work this summer will focus on the mission trip and other summer activities for children and youth, as well as continuing preparation for those ministries in the coming program year.

An important component of the Curate position is that I will have a close supervisory relationship with Allie. I have been blessed with wonderful mentors in my own ministry and I look forward to this work with Allie. Allie’s presence as a curate calls for the whole congregation to think of itself as a “teaching congregation” – not unlike the vocation of a teaching hospital for raising up new medical caregivers. In this process we discover, of course, that Allie isn’t the only one learning; I am in a learning process, as is our staff and vestry, as is our whole congregation.

Please join me in welcoming Allie, and in giving her our support so that her ministry here at Trinity and beyond will grow and thrive!

The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens

Hello Trinity Cathedral! I am so excited to be joining your community and church family. I am looking forward to getting to know you all. My name is Alexandra Heeter, but please call me Allie. I’m excited to serve you as the Curate for Children’s, Youth and Family Ministries and I’m grateful for the chance to partner in ministry with the youth and children of Trinity. I’m a lifelong Cleveland-er who grew up in the Heights. Some may find it interesting that I was not raised in Christianity but rather found myself in the Episcopal Church as a teenager because a friend invited me to an event. Over time I found a home in the Church, became increasingly active, and ended up getting my BA at Hiram College in Religious Studies.

I am an avid reader and thus an adamant supporter of our Public Library System. Who can beat free books! In addition to this, I am a wholehearted pet-lover and have a 12-year-old cat named Spaz as well as a 7.5-month-old Australian Shepherd named Aurora.

After a long period of personal questioning, and several moments of hesitation, I began discerning a call to ordained ministry with the Diocese of Ohio and began studying at Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation at the recommendation of Bishop Hollingsworth. For the past three years, as I worked towards my Masters of Divinity, I worked at Christ Church Episcopal Church in Hudson, Ohio. As of May of this year, I am a Postulant for Priestly Ordination in the Diocese of Ohio and am excited to walk this part of my journey with you over the coming years.