The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner was elected the seventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California on May 6, 2006. He was ordained and consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor on September 30, 2006, and became Bishop Diocesan on January 1, 2007, after serving as Bishop Coadjutor.
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 a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific; The General Theological Seminary awarded him a Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1994 and a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2007.
He was ordained to the diaconate in 1978 and to the priesthood in 1979 in the Episcopal 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 to 1980. Concurrently, he was a chaplain at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. From 1980 to 1983 he was the Associate Rector of St. Mark’s in Upper Arlington, Ohio; he also co-led a new church plant in the neighboring community of Dublin. He returned to California to serve as Rector of The Church of the Incarnation in San Francisco from 1983 to 1989. He next served as Rector of St. Martin’s in Davis, California from 1989 to 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.
Bishop Beisner was named Canon to the Ordinary to the Rt. Rev. Jerry Lamb of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California in 2002, and took on responsibility for congregational development, transition ministry, clergy support and development and Total Ministry in a geographically widespread and demographically diverse diocese.
He currently serves as Board of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and its Bishops' Advisory Council, and is active in Holy Land pilgrimage ministry. Bishop Beisner is a member of the Board of Directors of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence and Gathering of Leaders. He is a Benedictine oblate and an Associate of the Community of the Transfiguration.
Bishop Beisner married the Rev. L. Ann Hallisey in 1998, and together they have six grown children.