The Cathedral of St. Paul is thrilled to welcome Dean Melinda Hall to our community. Hall, 35, is the youngest dean of an Episcopal Church cathedral. She was elected unanimously to the position in July, 2019 by the church’s governing board and took up her post in October.

“This is an important time for Erie and for the cathedral, and I am honored to serve here,” Hall said. “As the church, we are called to embody Jesus’ way of caring for those on the margins and welcoming all people without exception. I look forward to that ministry, to getting involved in the city, and to the changes and challenges that lie ahead.”

The Rev. Melinda L. Hall, Dean


Kathleen began serving at the Cathedral in 2006, sharing in liturgical duties and pastoral care. Her primary role at the Cathedral is as Pastoral Assistant. Pastoral care takes many different shapes: hospital visitation, being present prior to surgery to pray, anoint, and simply be present with the patient and family members. Kathleen is also available for home visits and communion with the homebound, pastoral and spiritual conversation, and hearing confessions.

Contact The Rev. Ziegenhine when:

  • you or a family member are ill, hospitalized or there is a pastoral emergency

  • you would like home communion 

  • you are in need of prayer and pastoral care

The Rev. Canon Kathleen Ziegenhine, Pastoral Assistant

Dorothy has been a parishioner of the Cathedral since 1991.  She was ordained a vocational deacon on May 7, 2017.  Dorothy's passion is to serve the poor and the stranger and to lead people of the Cathedral outside the church walls. She also feels it is important to coordinate with other religious organizations and social organizations in the city to serve the kingdom of God on earth.

Contact Deacon Dorothy when:

  • you have questions about the role of a deacon

  • you wish to learn about our outreach ministries

  • you are in need of prayer or would just like to chat

The Rev. Dorothy Konyha, Deacon


Sharon was appointed Organist-Choirmaster in January of 1991 and was given the title of Canon Musician after twenty years of service. Her primary responsibility is to plan and provide the music for all Cathedral services. Sharon conducts the Cathedral Choristers and the Cathedral Choir, recruiting from the community and the Cathedral congregation.

The Cathedral has a rich tradition of excellence in liturgy and music and she is grateful for the privilege of leading this important ministry.  

Contact Sharon Downey when:

  • you are interested in learning more about the Cathedral music program

Sharon Downey, Canon Musician


As Cathedral Administrator, Cass is the frontline person in the cathedral office and responsible for the day to day operations of our facility. She is also involved in our outreach ministries including the Food Pantry, Our West Bayfront, and our emergency services provided on a case by case basis. 

Contact Cass Shimek when:

  • you wish to learn more about the Food Pantry

  • you are in need of emergency services

  • you have general questions about the Cathedral

Cass Shimek, Cathedral Administrator


AJ and her family have attended the Cathedral since 2006. Her primary responsibilities include Cathedral communications (bulletin, website, e-news, brochures), Christian Education for children, overseeing our school partnership and managing any art exhibits. 

Contact AJ Noyes when:

  • you wish to learn more about our Sunday School program

  • you have an announcement or a name to add to our Prayer list

  • you wish to serve on our Lay Ministry

  • you'd like to volunteer with our school partnership

AJ Noyes, Program Associate


As the part-time Finance Assistant, Sandee pays the bills, processes employee time cards for payroll, and records Sunday offerings. She also helps prepare the yearly church budget and run finance reports as needed.

Contact Sandee Krivonak when:

  • you have a question about your weekly offering

  • you wish to learn how to donate online with e-giving

Sandee Krivonak, Finance Assistant 


Terry has been a member of the Cathedral since 2005 and served with the Cathedral Chapter as Junior Warden before coming on board as Sexton in 2016. 

Contact Terry Bishop when:

  • you see an issue in the Cathedral building that needs attention

Terry Bishop, Sexton 


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