Calling a New Dean of the Cathedral

Dean Bill Ellis retired at the end of June 2017. Our new Dean will begin August 15, 2018.

The Next Dean of the Cathedral

The Chapter of St. John’s Cathedral is delighted to announce that the Rev. Heather VanDeventer has accepted our call to serve as the next Dean of the Cathedral. She looks forward to working with the people of St. John's in following the leading of the Holy Spirit and connecting the Cathedral more closely with the Diocese, the city of Spokane, and the South Hill neighborhoods.

She comes to us from historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, where she has served as Associate Rector since 2011. She previously served at Episcopal High School in Alexandria and St. Augustine’s in Wilmette, Illinois. She is a graduate of Yale University and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.

She is married to the Rev. Dr. David Gortner, and they have two daughters, Cassie (14) and Miriam (12) and two dogs, Midnight and Umlaut. Having lived in the Midwest, West Coast, and East Coast, they are excited to come to and explore the Inland Northwest and participate in the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement in Spokane. 

Rev. VanDeventer will begin work at the Cathedral on August 15, 2018.



The Dean Call Committee

We have co-chairs! Eric Baldwin and Karen Martin are the co-chairs of the Dean Call Committee.

We have a committee!  In late April 2017 the Chapter approved the following persons to serve on the Dean Call Committee: Nina Beegle, Peggy Johnson, Corliss Newman, Skyler Oberst, Andrea Olsen, Charlie Pepiton, Kay Rafferty, Judith Shadford, and John Wallingford. The Rev. Barbara Novak is the Chaplain.