The search for the

15th Dean of Grace Cathedral

Topeka, Kansas


Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a dean for this Cathedral, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer


To view our Parish Profile, click here.

Dean Search enters new phase 

The Cathedral’s Profile Team is wrapping up their part of the search for the new dean and the Search Team is now getting ready to take over. The Profile Team has been meeting weekly for some time along with conducting a survey and numerous interviews with groups and individuals in the parish. The result is an extensive profile describing the parish as well as the key talents which members of the parish have described as needed in candidates for the position. The two teams have kept in close touch throughout this phase of the process and plan to meet jointly with the search consultant on June 29 to facilitate the move from profile to search.

After that meeting, the 40+ page parish profile will be posted on our website along with the official Office for Transition Ministry form and job listing on the national church website. The OTM form is used by any parish in the country looking for a dean or rector. The lengthier parish profile is designed as a marketing piece to help explain who we are and encourage qualified clergy to apply.

The two teams also are planning a joint presentation to the parish after both of the services on July 7 to review the findings of the Profile Team, show off some of the parish profile, and answer questions about the search phase. Everybody in the parish is invited and encouraged to attend one of the two presentations. It is an exciting time when the position gets posted and we begin to accept applications.


The Profile and Search Team leaders can be contacted at this email.

Profile Team

Pat Early (Chair)
Arceile Ridgeway
Alan Johnson
Deborah Barnes
Bill Stelzner
Nancy Perry
Norm Nellis
Jackie Sommers (Vestry member)
TBD (Junior Warden of the Vestry)

Search Team 

Marilyn Trubey (Chair)
Ed Carter
Rick Backlund
Sarah Shipman
Tom Seddon
Lance Royer
Alicia Salisbury
Steve Atha
Rhonda Babb
Phil Dittmer (Vestry member)
Keith McKibben (Sr. Warden of the Vestry)