The Rt. Rev. Barry Leigh Beisner was elected the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California on May 6, 2006 and serves as Ex-Officio Chairman of The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California.
He was ordained and consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor on September 30, 2006. He became Bishop of Northern California on January 1, 2007.
Bishop Beisner was born in Dayton, Ohio on June 5, 1951. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1973, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received the Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Master of Sacred Theology degree from The General Theological Seminary in 1994, and the degree of Doctor of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in 2007.
He was ordained to the diaconate in 1978 and to the priesthood in 1979 in the Diocese of California.
He served as Assistant to the Rector at St. Stephen’s in San Luis Obispo, California from 1978-1979 and as Vicar of St. Paul’s in Cambria, California from 1978-1980. Concurrently, he was a chaplain at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. From 1980-1983, he was the Associate Rector of St. Mark’s in Upper Arlington, Ohio; he also co-led a new church plant in a neighboring community of Dublin. He returned to California to serve as Rector of The Church of the Incarnation, San Francisco from 1983-1989. He next served as Rector of St. Martin’s in Davis from 1989-2002. While there, he was instrumental in founding Davis Community Meals, helping to feed and house the community’s poor. He was a Field Education Supervisor and Lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Theology with the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and a Chaplain for the Clergy Leadership Project. He also served as an Army Reserve Chaplain.
He was named Canon to the Ordinary to Bishop Jerry Lamb of the Diocese of Northern California in 2002, and took on responsibility for congregational development, transition ministry, clergy support and development, and shared ministry in a geographically widespread and demographically diverse diocese.
He currently serves as Chair of The Episcopal Church’s Board for Transition Ministry, President of the Province VIII Court of Review, member of the Board of Directors of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and member of the Council of Advice of Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers. He is also a member of Bishops Working for a Just World and Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem, and of the Board of Anglican Theological Review.
Bishop Beisner has been married to The Rev. L. Ann Hallisey since 1998, and together they have six grown children.
Charles R. Mack is Chancellor of the Diocese and serves on and advises several Diocesan bodies. He is a Deputy to General Convention. He is also a member of St. Luke’s Church in Woodland, where he serves as chair of the Stewardship Committee and sings in the choir.
He grew up in Sacramento and has an AB from U. C. Berkeley and an LLB from Boalt Hall. He served as County Counsel of the County of Yolo, where he retired as the longest serving ever county counsel in the State.
Peter Juvé is an active volunteer in Napa, California, helping not only his home church of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, but also the Cope Family Center and The Table. He adds his years of experience working for the Chevron Corporation to the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California’s Finance Committee.
He and his wife of 22 years, Nancy York, make their home in Napa, along with their three children: Stephen, Robert and Galina, ages 14 to 19.
Gregg is a member of Grace Church in Fairfield, where he has served the parish in a number of capacities: Vestry member, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Godly Play story-teller, choir member, and licensed Lay Preacher, among others.
Professionally, he has held a number of management and executive positions with a variety of Bay Area companies which provide technical and logistics support services to government and private industry. But, having grown tired of commuting, he is now self-employed as a general contractor operating mainly in Solano and Napa Counties.
An Air Force veteran, an assignment to Travis AFB brought him to Fairfield, where he and his wife, the lovely Evelyn, raised their family. They have three grown sons (of whom they are very proud), and two grand daughters (whom they adore).
Gregg joins the Foundation with a keen desire to “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” and he hopes that his service with the Foundation can help to ensure that the church he loves can survive and thrive well beyond our lifetimes.
Cynthia Woods graduated from Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa with a Bachelors Degree in Religion. She moved to Southern California in 1980 where she worked in Los Angeles for twenty years.
She was active in two churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, All Saints Pasadena and when she moved to Huntington Beach, she joined Saint Wilfrid of York. Cynthia has helped with many volunteer programs in the church including fund raising activities.
In 2009, she and her partner packed up their two cats and cold weather jackets and moved to Northern California. Cynthia is currently a member of Saint Alban’s Church in Arcata.
Members of the Board of Directors of The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California are acknowledged leaders and have an understanding of stewardship, an interest in planned giving, a willingness to give active support to this ministry, and a commitment to attend necessary meetings and events.
Board Members represent all areas of our Diocese and bring a wealth of professional and volunteer expertise to this ministry.
Names of potential candidates for membership on the Board should be sent to:
The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California
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