Alumni / ae

The Rt. Rev. Barry Leigh Beis­ner, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California since 2007, received his Master of Divinity from CDSP in 1978, and is a member of the CDSP Board of Trustees. He also has been a CDSP lecturer and field education supervisor. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC/Berkeley, and received a Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Divinity from General Theological Semi­nary. His wife, the Rev. L. Ann Hallisey, D.Min., is the CDSP Dean of Students.

Bill Bonnet, a 2013 graduate of CDSPis a career engi­neer and retired utility execu­tive. Living in Hawaii, he could have spent his retirement on the beach or at a golf course. Instead, he sought something different, something meaningful. So he came to “the mainland,” and CDSP’s Certificate of Theological Stud­ies program. “I am here to examine and strengthen my faith, to learn and worship alongside those preparing for or­dination,” he says. “I want to discern what my ministry may be for the life still ahead of me.”

Steve DeMuth is a graduate of CDSP from the Diocese of Los Angeles and was spon­sored by St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood, California. Steve has worked as Assistant Project Manager for the Standing Commission on Liturgy and the Music Blessing Project. During his second year, Steve was the seminary’s head sacristan and is currently active with the Celtic Cross Mission Society. Steve participated in the Panama Project in the summer of 2012.

The Rev. Edwin Johnson, a 2010 CDSP Masters of Divinity graduate, is currently serving as the Assistant Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  While studying at CDSP, Edwin says he developed passions for green living, Godly Play, Biblical Hebrew and Liturgical Dance: “I love Jesus, and enjoy weightlifting and salsa dancing.” While he was at CDSP, he met his fiancée.

The Rev. Lauren Lenoski, a 2012 CDSP Master of Divinity graduate, serves as curate at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix, Arizona where here ministry focuses on children and families. While studying at CDSP Lauren met her fiancée and was involved with Episcopal Relief & Development, admissions committee, and alumni relations.

The Rev. Eliza Linley, of Ap­tos, California, who received her Master of Divinity degree from CDSP in 1990, was re-elect­ed chair of the CDSP Board of Trustees in 2011. She is an architect and silk artist who also is asso­ciate pastor at St. John the Bap­tist Episcopal Church in Aptos.

The Rev. Jakki Flanagan, a 2013 graduate of CDSP with her Master of Divinity Degree is from the Diocese of Vermont, and was sponsored by the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Jakki has been a non-profit advocate for universal health care, environmental health, LGBT civil rights, children and teens, and sur­vivors of domestic violence. She was selected to represent CDSP at the Preaching Excellence Program as well as the Seminarian Leadership Conference. She was the recipient of a Laboiteaux Scholarship and has completed Clinical Pastoral Education at Stanford Hos­pital, Palo Alto, California.  Jakki is currenty completing a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency program in New York State.

The Rev. Elizabeth Riley, a 2013 graduate of CDSP, and recently ordained to the Transitional Diaconate from St. Mary’s in Anchorage, Alaska. She is a leader in community-building among interfaith students, past-presi­dent of the CDSP Community Council, and recipient of Mercer Foundation, Society for the Increase of Min­istry, and Daughters of the King scholarships.  She is currently working as the Associate Rector for Trinity Church, Menlo Park, CA.

CDSP’s most distinguished alumna is The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. She received her Master of Divinity from CDSP in 1994, and an honorary Doc­tor of Divinity in 2001. Prior to the priesthood, she was a Ph.D. oceanographer in Oregon and Washington, with degrees from Oregon State and Stanford. She was Bishop of Nevada from 2001-2006.

The Rev. Susanna Singer, Ph.D.,Associate Professor of Ministry Development at CDSP, received her Master of Divinity at CDSP in 1989. She is a scholar, writer, priest and mentor who also holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Cambridge University in England. She earned her Ph.D. at Boston College, and has published articles on Christian education and led sessions on ministry development at clergy conferences and diocesan conventions

The Rt. Rev. Chester Talton, Pro­visional Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin, California, received his Master of Divinity from CDSP in 1970, and an honorary Doc­tor of Divinity in 1991. He was Bishop Suffragan for the Dio­cese of Los Angeles for 19 years, after serving parishes in Berke­ley, Carmel, Chicago, St. Paul and New York City.

The Rev. Irene Tanabe, a 2011 CDSP Master of Divinity graduate, is currently a Curate at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, Washington.  Irene, a former Trial Attorney and Judge Pro Tem, served on diversity and admissions committees as well as the Board of Trustees Development Committee. She was also a Resident Advisor and a hospitality team member.

The Rev Ben Wells, who received his Mas­ter of Divinity from CDSP in 2011, was ordained to the priesthood by the Diocese of Atlanta, Georgia, on Aug. 27, and became assisting rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Macon, Georgia, where his ministry empha­sizes leadership in Christian forma­tion for children, youth, and adults. “I am having a fantastic time in my ministry at St. Francis,’ he reports.

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