From the Search Committee’s Chair

With the retirement of our Dean, the Very Reverend Tracey Lind, we begin the search for a new Dean. Finding a new Dean will take time and patience as we discern who we are as a cathedral congregation, as a cathedral in the city, and as a cathedral in the wider church.

The vision of the Dean Search Committee is for this process to be inclusive, thoughtful, and thorough, guided by the Holy Spirit. The search committee will soon invite the participation of the congregation to assist with our discernment. There will be multiple ways (in person, written, electronic) to share ideas.

As we move forward, we will be sharing information periodically about our progress and asking for your continued participation.

If at any time you have questions or comments about the process, please feel free to reach out to anyone on the Search Committee.

May we all remain prayerful as we begin our work in earnest.

David Cratty
Chair, Dean Search Committee

September 12, 2017 in , , ,

Dean Search Committee Update

Posted Sept. 12, 2017

The Dean Search Committee thanks the more than 150 members who participated in the congregational meetings. The number of people who contributed enthusiastic and thoughtful comments continues to show what an involved and caring community Trinity is. We also received terrific responses from a survey sent to clergy and wardens throughout the diocese.

We are drafting the parish profile, which will be a webpage available on Trinity’s website. A lot of the information gathered during the congregational meetings has been incorporated in the Cathedral’s profile. We expect to have the profile completed in October, at which time we will be ready to accept dean candidate applications and resumes. We are also developing a current job description for the dean position, which will be distributed to interested applicants.

Continue to hold the Dean Search Committee in your prayers.

David Cratty
Chair of the Trinity Cathedral Dean Search Committee

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August 17, 2017 in , , ,

Search Committee Announces Additional Meeting

Search Committee Announces Additional Meeting Posted Aug 17, 2017 By request, we have added an additional meeting -- September 6 at 6 p.m. to accommodate those who have not yet participated... Read More
July 7, 2017 in , , ,

Search Committee Update

Posted: July 5, 2017

Dear Fellow Members,

I am writing with an update from Trinity’s Dean Search Committee.  As we have outlined before, the search for a new dean has four phases: 


1. Congregational assessment, which includes

◦ Establishing ways to collect feedback and communicate with congregation

◦ Facilitating small group meetings with the congregation

◦ Compiling and reviewing congregational feedback

◦ Developing a parish profile

2. The search, which includes

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May 30, 2017 in , , ,

Dean Search Congregational Meetings

The Search Committee has scheduled a series of small group meetings to be held in June and July to gather congregational input. These meetings are an integral part of the search process, as outlined by Search Committee Chair David Cratty, “As you know, the Dean Search process has four phases: congregational assessment; the search; the election/appointment of a new dean; and the welcome of the new dean.

We are just in Phase One, the congregational assessment where we are having discussions about who we are as Trinity.  In many ways, this is the most important phase and it is important that you be heard.”
To that end, we are scheduling small group congregational meetings at Trinity on the following dates:
Sunday, June 11, 9 a.m. — RSVP
Tuesday, June 13, 6 p.m. — RSVP
Sunday, July 9, 9 a.m. — RSVP
Tuesday, July 25, 6 p.m. — RSVP

Please RSVP for the meeting of your choice
so that we can organize small groups to allow
good exchange.
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May 11, 2017 in ,

Search Committee’s Progress Report

Chair David Cratty gave the following report at Trinity Cathedral’s May 7, 2017 Annual Meeting Although not technically a part of 2016 activities, the Search Committee knows that there have been many questions about the search for a new dean. So, I want to take this opportunity to let you know where we are in the process.

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March 6, 2017 in , , ,

The Dean’s Forum Podcast: Meet Acting Dean The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston

The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston, Trinity’s new Acting Dean, visited Sunday’s Dean’s Forum. Listen to the podcast and learn about his “bio-vocational” ministry and how he will guide Trinity over the coming months.

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March 3, 2017 in , ,

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

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.

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February 28, 2017 in , , ,

A letter from The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, Trinity Cathedral’s Acting Dean

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is a coincidence — but a fortunate one — that our ministry together begins on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a season in which we emphasize self-examination, a focus on what matters most, and the anticipation of Easter. We seek a change of direction so that we may hear with joy, as though for the first time, the glorious news of the open tomb.

The message of Lent is therefore a positive one. As I will mention in my homily on Wednesday, the name of the season itself points (at least in our hemisphere) to the ever-longer (lengthening) days of what an Easter hymn refers to as “the queen of seasons.” That awareness in no way minimizes the importance of our traditional emphasis on reflection and repentance, but

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February 24, 2017 in ,

Trinity’s New Acting Dean and New Dean Search Committee

A Message from Trinity’s Wardens

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are very pleased to announce that the Bishop and Wardens have appointed The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, III as Trinity Cathedral’s Acting Dean. Dr. Gaston will begin in this role on March 1, 2017. In accepting this appointment, he concludes three years’ service as priest associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron. Prior to St. Paul’s, he served several churches in the Diocese of Ohio as, among other roles, priest-in-charge and interim. These include: 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. throughout his ministry, he has been “bi-vocational,” balancing ministry in the Church with work in higher education. A former provost at Kent State University for 18 years, he is currently the University’s Trustees’ Professor, teaching English literature and higher education administration, from which he will retire in May.

On Ash Wednesday, Dr. Gaston will preach at Trinity’s noon and 6 p.m. services. On Sunday, March 5, he will preach at all three services and be introduced at the Dean’s Forum. We invite you to worship, meet and warmly welcome him into the Trinity community.

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February 1, 2017 in , ,

The Search for Trinity’s New Dean Begins

A Message from Trinity’s Wardens

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

These last two months have been incredibly full since we learned that Dean Lind would retire at the end of January. The time to say good-bye arrived last Sunday. We came together as a community to worship and have blessed time with her one last time. It was joyful and poignant as we wished Tracey, “Godspeed!” in her retirement.

And now we move on. We are in transition — a meantime of opportunity and discovery while moving toward change. Today — February 1 — is the first day of Trinity’s search for its new dean.

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