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


The Reverend Canon Lightcap to serve as 15th dean of Grace Cathedral


Dear Friends,

I am pleased and blessed to inform you that, upon the unanimous election by the Cathedral’s Vestry, Bishop Cathleen Bascom has extended a call to the Reverend Canon Torey L. Lightcap to be the next Dean of Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Father Lightcap has accepted the call and will begin service at the Cathedral on January 15, 2020.

Father Lightcap, as many of you know, comes to us from the staff of the Diocese of Kansas, where he has worked as the Canon to the Ordinary since May 2015. During the past two years he worked to help ensure the continuity of operations and communications during the absence of a bishop. Before coming to Kansas, he spent six years as the rector (priest-in-charge) of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sioux City, Iowa and three years in the same capacity at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. His wife Jacquie, and children, Gabriel and Annie, are members of the Cathedral.

I would like to extend my gratitude to members of the Profile Team, Search Team and the Vestry for their dedication and commitment during our Search process. And finally, a special thank you to the entire Cathedral congregation for your patience, support and prayers for all of us and each other during our extended transition.

We have even more to be excited about and thankful for this year as we enter into the week of Thanksgiving. In the coming weeks, additional information will be provided as we begin our transition to welcome Dean-elect Lightcap to Grace after the Holy Season. Please hold Torey, Jacquie, Gabriel and Annie in your prayers as they transition into their new chapter of life here at Grace Cathedral.

The following is a statement from Dean-elect Lightcap:

“I am deeply humbled by how the Holy Spirit has been so present throughout this discernment. This experience has been so fruitful for me and, I pray, for the members of the Search Committee, Vestry and congregation. I’m thrilled to be joining with your wonderful staff and congregation soon, and to begin worshipping with all of you and with Jacquie, Gabriel and Annie on a regular basis. I’m grateful beyond words to God who has seen fit to have us come and walk together for what I hope will be a long and productive time together.”

May God continue to bless us,

Keith McKibben

Senior Warden, Grace Cathedral