The Rt. Rev. Barry Leigh Beisner was elected the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California on May 6, 2006. 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.