Clergy & Staff

Clergy

The Very Reverend Dane Boston

Dean of Trinity Cathedral

The Very Reverend Dane Boston

Dean of Trinity Cathedral

The Very Reverend Dane E. Boston became the sixth Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on January 1, 2021. Ordained in 2012, Dane previously served as Curate of Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut, Canon for Christian Formation here at Trinity, and Rector of Christ Church in Cooperstown, New York. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Yale Divinity School, and Berkeley Divinity School, Dane is passionately committed to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the rich tradition of Anglican faith and worship.

Dane is married to Debby, an attorney by training, and they are blessed with two daughters and two sons. In their (scant) free time, Debby and Dane enjoy reading, hiking, and cooking. The Bostons are thrilled to be back in Columbia, and Dane is overjoyed to serve the people of Trinity once again.

The Reverend Canon Jimmy Hartley

Canon Pastor

The Reverend Canon Jimmy Hartley

Canon Pastor

The Reverend Canon Mia C. McDowell

Canon Catechist

The Reverend Canon Mia C. McDowell

Canon Catechist

Canon Mia C. McDowell is an Episcopal priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. She currently serves on staff at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral as Canon Catechist. She oversees the ministry of Christian Formation and shares fully in the sacramental and missional life of the congregation at the cathedral. She served as Vicar at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Newberry, SC from 2019 until 2022. During her curacy after seminary, she served in Spartanburg, SC, as Assistant to the Rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and as Curate of the Church of the Epiphany.

Canon McDowell was ordained to the priesthood on January, 14, 2016. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, SC, her second church home, later became her sending parish. Mia earned a Masters of Divinity from The School of Theology at The University of the South, Sewanee, graduating in May of 2015. She currently serves in the diocese on the Board of Examining Chaplains, has previously served on the Bishop’s Nominating Committee, and as diocesan Chaplain for the The Order of the Daughters of the King. She has served as a clergy deputy to the 80th General Convention in 2022 in Baltimore Maryland.

Prior to entering discernment for Holy Orders, She was employed as a Pharmacy Technician, and as an Organist/Choirmaster for various churches in the Upstate. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Organ, from Anderson College, now Anderson University, in 2002. Mia, is a native of Greenville, SC daughter to Linda and Johnny Lee, sister to Corky, and Aunt to Dravon, Carl, and Steven, and Great -aunt to Calyx. She was married to the late Rev. James W. McDowell for eight years.

She and her dog, Sonny, a terrier mix, live on Columbia’s west-side. Mia enjoys cooking, antiquing, dancing, traveling, and great food with great friends.

Canons

Donald W. Benson

Canon for Administration

Donald W. Benson

Canon for Administration

Jared Johnson

Canon Organist & Choirmaster

Jared Johnson

Canon Organist & Choirmaster

Jared Johnson is Canon Organist and Choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia,
South Carolina.

The Cathedral Choirs under his leadership maintain a busy schedule of services, concerts, and tours.
He is the director of the Cathedral Chorister program, which features advanced choirs for boys,
girls, and young men. He has helped to establish the Cathedral Music School, with a mission to
extend music education to underserved populations in Columbia. A frequent guest conductor and
clinician, he served recently as music director for the RCSM Carolina Course at Duke (2019), and
will serve as music director of the Saint Thomas Girl Chorister Course in 2023. As an organ recitalist
he has appeared in major venues across the US, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia, and his
recordings appear on the Pro Organo and JAV labels.

Jared is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he earned degrees in English and in Organ
Performance, studying under Haskell Thomson.  Upon graduation, he was awarded a Watson
Fellowship for the study of conducting in London, with special emphasis on training treble voices.
He earned graduate degrees at Yale University, where he was a pupil of Thomas Murray. Prior to his
appointment at Trinity Cathedral in 2003, he served on the music staffs of Trinity Church on the
Green in New Haven, CT; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; Trinity Church, Copley Square; and the
Memorial Church at Harvard.

In Columbia, he has chaired the Artistic Committee of the South Carolina Philharmonic, and has
taught organ on the faculty of The University of South Carolina School of Music.

Cathedral staff

Carole Carter

Executive Assistant to the Dean

Carole Carter

Executive Assistant to the Dean

William Douglas

Associate Organist and Choirmaster

William Douglas

Associate Organist and Choirmaster

Allison Fowler

Receptionist and Membership Secretary

Allison Fowler

Receptionist and Membership Secretary

Julie Fulmer

Associate for Accounting

Julie Fulmer

Associate for Accounting

Katie Gatch

Artist-in-Residence and Director of Vocal Studies

Katie Gatch

Artist-in-Residence and Director of Vocal Studies

Taylor Gibby

Director for Youth Ministries

Taylor Gibby

Director for Youth Ministries

Ryan Headley

Associate for Liturgy and Technology

Ryan Headley

Associate for Liturgy and Technology

Jean Knowlton

Director, Trinity Learning Center

Jean Knowlton

Director, Trinity Learning Center

Katie Rankin

Associate for Parish Life

Katie Rankin

Associate for Parish Life

Laura Rosier

Music Associate and Music Administrator

Laura Rosier

Music Associate and Music Administrator

Patti Trotter

Trinity Foundation Administrative Assistant

Patti Trotter

Trinity Foundation Administrative Assistant

Sextons

Curt Richardson

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Curt Richardson

Sexton

Tony Smoak

Sexton

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Tony Smoak

Sexton

Edgar White

Sexton

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Edgar White

Sexton