Dean Melinda Hall
On February 9, 2020, the people of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie, Pennsylvania, welcomed their new dean, the Very Rev. Melinda Hall.
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 as her predecessor, the Very Rev. John Downey, concluded his 32-year tenure.
“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.”
In the few months since she began work, Hall has gotten to know cathedral members by meeting them for coffee, breakfast and lunch, going for walks and watching children’s sports events. Her enthusiasm for forming relationships has impressed members, said Ed Palattella, the chair of the cathedral’s governing body, called the chapter.
“Melinda has energized the congregation by including everyone in her vision of what the Cathedral of St. Paul might become and what the cathedral and the city can achieve together,” Palattella said. “The Cathedral of St. Paul has been part of Erie’s history since 1915, and we are beginning our next chapter with a redoubled commitment to the city and its people. We are thrilled to have Melinda guide us."