Hallisey Named New Dean of Students

Hallisey Named New Dean of Students

article and photo reprinted courtesy of Church Divinity School of the Pacific

The Rev. L. Ann Hallisey of Davis, Calif., is the new dean of students at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), the Very Rev. Dr. W. Mark Richardson, president and dean, announced.

Hallisey returns to serve the Berkeley, Calif. seminary where she earned her Doctor of Ministry degree.

In her 28 years of ordained ministry, Hallisey has served as rector and interim in congregations and has developed an independent practice as an organizational and leadership consultant. She is a spiritual director and retreat leader, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is currently working toward certification as a Master Practitioner in Appreciative Inquiry.

Hallisey is married to the Right Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of Northern California.

“These skills and experiences will be great strengths for her ministry at CDSP,” said Richardson. He said the dean of students at the Episcopal seminary “plays a critical role in the life of CDSP, building relationships among students at various stages of their academic work, offering chaplaincy support to students and their families, leading in all aspects of formation in preparation for ministry and supporting communications between students and other aspects of institutional life.”

“After many years of ministry, Ann is well known in the Bay Area, and is well-equipped for this role,” Richardson said. Former Dean of Students Rev. Jan Wood left CDSP in July after six years to accept a call to be priest-in-charge of Grace Episcopal Church in Sandusky, Ohio. Wood, who received her M.Div. degree from CDSP, is a former Canon for Congregational Development with the Diocese of El Camino Real.

Hallisey, a Los Angeles native, received her B.A. from University of California Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Clinical Counseling from California State University Hayward, a Master of Divinity from Yale University and a Doctor of Ministry from CDSP.

She has been an Episcopal priest of the Diocese of Northern California for 28 years; 22 of those years have been in parish ministry, including nine years as rector of Church of the Ascension in Vallejo, Calif. Most recently she has been the interim associate rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Berkeley.

To learn more about CDSP, visit www.cdsp.edu.

9 comments (Add your own)

1. Phil Reinheimer wrote:
Wow and congratulations, Ann..What a great choice they made! CDSP is such an awesome asset for those who study there and those whose ministries are defined and encouraged and who can be placed back into parishes and missions with great needs for deacons and priests, especially in the more rural areas of Northern California in ENC! Best wishes, Phil+

Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 5:14 PM

2. Mary Hauck+ wrote:
CDSP has made a wise and wonderful choice! Congrats to the seminary as well as Ann+!

Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 5:20 PM

3. Christine Leigh-Taylor wrote:
Congratulations, Ann. I was at CDSP for 3 days last week for the 11-year reunion of the class of 2000. It was a very rewarding time.

Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 5:22 PM

4. James J. Rawls wrote:
Having been privileged to know Ann+ for the past quarter century, I offer my heartiest congratulations. She has a profound spiritual depth, wide-ranging intellect, and compassionate heart. CDSP is most fortunate to have her as a key member of its staff.

Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 10:07 PM

5. Michael Hickey, DNC - Incarnation wrote:
Rev Ann ... from those of us who have watched and appreciated your talent and spiritual approach to leading the flock at the congregational level, we now anticipate the outcomes of your significant influence on CDSP's students. We will particularly appreciate this influence if the students come to parishes and service in DNC, but we also know they will bring a flicker of your special 'light' to brighten whatever path they lead.

Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 11:03 PM

6. Bart wrote:
Ann, Congratulations on your new appointment. I can't think of a better choice and I often think of the times we had together in the Commission on Family Life. There were some great marriage conferences especially when you conducted the renewing of vows between Barbara and I. May the Spirit continually fill you with wisdom. Bart

Wed, August 17, 2011 @ 5:07 PM

7. Bart Kendrick wrote:
Ann, I'm not sure if original comment was submitted, but congratulations on your appointment. I can't think of a better choice and remember some of the great times we had in the Commission on Family Life.

Wed, August 17, 2011 @ 5:13 PM

8. Jim Elliott wrote:
Dearest Ann, Congratulations to you and to CDSP! Your ministry has always been extraordinary. Those who will come to know you as you serve them at CDSP will soon appreciate you as I--and all who have known you--do. Your intellect, spirituality and especially your humanity will be a beacon to all in the CDSP community! I send this with appreciation and affection.

Thu, August 18, 2011 @ 2:46 PM

9. Ken Kuntz wrote:
Warmest congratulations. I'm convinced that CDSP did itself a great favor in selecting you as their next dean of students. I've known you long enough on the Alumni Board of Yale Divinity School to become well aware that you are an outstanding leader with sensitivity, imagination, and a listening ear. Also I'm delighted to learn that you and I have a mutual friend in Jim Elliott (who was an usher in Ruth's and my wedding 49 years ago). - Ken Kuntz

Fri, August 19, 2011 @ 7:08 PM

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