Holy Trinity calls new priest-in-charge, priest associate
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Elk River has called The Rev. Dr. Robert Cavanna to serve as its lead pastor/priest-in-charge and the Rev. Ken Toven to be priest associate.
Prior to this call, Cavanna served as one of the priests of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Sauk Centre. For 10 years, he served that faith community as well as St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Paynesville. He also served for over 10 years as dean of Region 3 covering all of the Episcopal churches in central Minnesota.
In the recent search for a new bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, Cavanna served as co-chair of the Transition Committee.
Cavanna’s ministries include evangelism and outreach as well as ecumenical partnerships. He successfully organized a Thanksgiving ecumenical community-wide service in its 10th year with the Catholic and Methodist churches in Sauk Centre. He is skilled in using social media to reach seekers and others.
Cavanna was ordained a deacon on April 6, 2002 and then a priest on Oct. 6, 2002. He and his wife, Regina, have two daughters, Alison and Megan.
The Rev. Ken Toven has been a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota for more than 30 years. In June 2000, while in residence at the Seabury Institute to complete work on a doctorate in ministry, Toven became extremely ill and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and advised to retire from full-time ministry.
In 2002, he became active on a part-time basis in ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota. For the past 10 years, he has been a part-time mentor in the formation process of ministry teams in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.
In addition to his part-time role as associate priest at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Elk River, Toven continues as a part-time mentor to a ministry team at Christ Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids.
Toven has a particular interest in the intersection of theology and popular culture. In addition to the routine duties of a small parish priest, he will be developing online learning resources for Holy Trinity and for other congregations in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota
He is married to Pam, who is the part-time parish administrator at Holy Trinity. His son Damien, his daughter-in-law Violet, and his grandchildren Geraldine, Cassandra, and Hannah live in Princeton.