Dean Transition  

As we begin this journey to find a new dean, I would like to thank our current dean and wish him and Julie all of God’s blessings as they move on to their next adventure. As Dean Brian was gracious to give us plenty of notice before he leaves, we are able to define a well thought out search process.

It begins this week when Rev. Gary Jones returns to spend a month helping with the transition and to be with us while we envision the future for the Cathedral.

The next step is to have an interim dean beginning in September, to serve for six to nine months. Bishop Chandler is researching priests both inside and outside the diocese that might be a good fit. He will present his findings to the vestry in the near future.

This is where we are at this point. Your vestry is very dedicated and is prepared to lead us through the search for our next dean. We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward. If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to contact any of us.

Robbie Darnall, Senior Warden

Your Vestry Members

Robbie Darnall, Senior Warden

David Bray, Junior Warden

Jordan Bishop, Secretary

Rosemary Bratton

Estella “Sis” Spertzel

Cathy Kintner
Jeff Bell


Any questions or concerns can be directed toward our Senior Warden, Robbie Darnall. You can reach Robbie by emailing her here.

Recent Updates on St. Matthew's Dean Transition

Dean Transition Timeline 

“Let’s love our way through the process!"


We invite you to stay abreast of where we are at in the Dean transition process. Please check back on this page periodically to find updated information on the timeline for the Dean transition.


Vestry begins planning for cathedral transition, with the Rev. Gary Jones, our consultant: laying groundwork for a Cathedral Profile, while working with our Bishop and Diocesan Office on the process of appointing a Dean Search Committee and calling an Interim Dean



Appointment of our Search Committee, in consultation with our Bishop, including members of the vestry, the larger cathedral membership,

and diocesan representatives & Announcement of our Interim Dean who will begin September 1, 2022 and serve 6 – 9 months


Celebration of the ministry of The Very Rev. Brian Gross and our mutual ministry (likely mid to late August)


After Dean Brian’s departure, the Search Committee sponsors in-person meetings and a cathedral-wide survey that will help complete our Cathedral Profile.


Publication and national distribution of our Cathedral Profile along with active recruitment efforts to develop strong pool of applicants


Interviews with candidates. 


Vestry and Bishop issue a call to our next Dean