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


Self-Study: Telling Our Story 

The first part of the Transition Process involves telling the story of Grace Cathedral by gathering information about our past and present and discerning God’s call for us as we move into the future.

The tasks include collecting data about the Cathedral and the Topeka community from various sources so that we can describe the Cathedral as it is today. Typical sources include parochial and annual reports, church histories, member conversations and demographic information about Topeka. Once we have created a picture of the Cathedral as we are today, we can invite our members to offer their input about what is important as we move into the future — given both today’s realities and our discernment.  From this understanding of the present and future, we will be able to write a description of the gifts and skills we will seek in a new clergy leader.

The presentation of our story takes the form of a profile that accurately describes both our present reality and our discernment of where God is calling us in the future. It will include the skills and gifts we want in our new dean. This profile is a document — typically around 20 to 30 pages — of narrative and pictures that will provide an accurate snapshot of our congregation.  A profile usually includes the following components:


  • Mission and Goals – Who we are and what we are trying to do
  • Current Ministries – Liturgy and Music, Christian Formation, Parish Life, Outreach, etc.
  • Church statistics – Membership, attendance, demographics
  • Future – Where is God calling us? What will we do differently?
  • Our New Dean – What we are seeking in a new priest-leader
  • History – Brief Story of our church
  • Our Community – neighborhood, local, state
  • Finances
  • Buildings/Property

Once the document has been completed and approved, it will be posted on our website where interested candidates can read it and find additional information about Grace Cathedral.

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)