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School for Ministry: Faculty and Staff

The Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes, M.Div, D.D.

Dean of Studies | Liturgics I | Email Jim
After serving as the Fourth Bishop of San Diego (2005-2017), Bishop Mathes joined the faculty of Virginia Theological Seminary as Associate Dean of Students. At VTS, he taught courses in practical theology and took on additional duties as Director of Contextual Ministry (Field Work) and Director of Anglican Studies. In his last year, Jim took on the role of Associate Dean of Chapel, navigating community worship through the pandemic. In addition to his duties with the School of Theology, Jim has a practice in Spiritual Direction and Leadership Coaching.

Ms. Alyson Terry

Diocesan Registrar & SFM Administrator | Email Alyson
Alyson’s role is to fill all inquiries regarding registration, payments and general information; to coordinate classroom needs; and to offer faculty and other administrative support to the school. Alyson also works as the registrar in the bishop’s office. You may call her directly: 619-481-5455.

David Moseley, Ph.D.

Introduction to Hermeneutics | Hebrew Scriptures I & II, New Testament I & II | Email David
David Moseley, Ph.D., teaches Religious Studies and Philosophy at The Bishop’s Episcopal School, La Jolla, where he also serves as Director of Global Education. Dr. Moseley holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Law, Theology and Philosophy from Oxford University; and a doctorate in Theology & Music from Cambridge University. He taught Theology, Biblical Studies and Philosophy at the University of San Diego as an adjunct faculty member for twenty years; and also served as the Theologian-in-Residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, San Diego, for a decade. He regularly leads community service trips for his students to the developing world, and has led adult education trips to Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Dr. Moseley was a founding faculty member at the School for Ministry, and teaches adult education classes at parishes throughout the diocese.

Dr. John McAteer

Ethics | Email John
John is an assistant professor and chair of the online liberal arts program at Ashford University, where he specializes in interdisciplinary humanities courses. In addition to a PhD in Philosophy from UC Riverside, John earned a degree in film from Biola University and a master’s in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology. Since 2002, he has taught philosophy, theology, film, and aesthetics courses, and he has published academic papers on topics including ethics, environmentalism, and the history of philosophy. Outside academia, John also lectures at churches and other gatherings on the religious dimension of art and popular culture.  He lives in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego with his wife and two children.

The Rev. Mark Hargreaves, Ph.D.

Anglicanism, Liturgics II | Email Mark
Mark is rector of St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla. He came to that post after 25 years as a priest in the London diocese. He did his undergraduate studies in theology at Oxford  and then took a PhD at Cambridge. The topic of his thesis was the authority of the Bible. In recent years Mark completed a masters degree at the National Gallery in London on “Christianity and the Arts.” He trained and worked as a teacher before ordination and has taught at every kind of educational institution from nursery school to university. He thoroughly enjoys teaching at the School for Ministry.

The Rev. Dr. Frank Munoz

Church History | Email Frank
Fr. Munoz has a BA in Theology from Loyola Marymount University and studied at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, completing a Master in Theology at Mt. St. Mary’s University. He has a Masters in Management from National University and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. He taught Theology for 12 years in Los Angeles area Catholic High Schools and in the School for Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego and Southeast Florida. He has been adjunct faculty for Central Texas College since 2007. He is Priest-in-Charge at Grace San Marcos and is the Military Missioner for our Diocese. Fr. Munoz is happily married 38 years to Estella and make their home is in Escondido.

The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas

Director of Theological Field Education | Email Allisyn
The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas, Associate Rector, has been at St. Bart’s since December 2018 and has responsibility for adult spiritual formation, liturgy, member welcome and incorporation, pastoral care, as well as participating in the preaching, presiding, and “other” parish duties that tend to arise in a place as busy and vibrant as St. Bart’s. Immediately prior to coming to St. Bart’s, Allisyn served in the bishop’s office as Canon for Spiritual Formation, diocesan liturgical officer, and Dean of the diocesan School for Ministry, as well as an instructor in preaching and liturgics. She served as Subdean and Canon for Spiritual Formation at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego for 13 years before working in the bishop’s office, and Associate Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chula Vista prior to that. Allisyn is a certified Spiritual Director having received her certification from the Haden Institute, a contemplative Jungian based program in North Carolina. One of her great loves is walking alongside people in their spiritual journeys and continues her practice as a Spiritual Director as time allows. Other duties and responsibilities Allisyn has had since being ordained include serving as chair of the diocese’s General Convention deputation 3 times; chair of the Standing Committee, and Commission on Ordained Ministry; member of the bishop’s Holiness in Relationships Task Force; member of the Bishop Nominating Committee (when Bishop Mathes was elected); member of the Clergy Wellness Committee; and vice-chair of the diocesan Executive Committee. Before ordination Allisyn practiced law, working primarily with the San Diego City Attorney’s office specializing in land use, redevelopment, historic preservation, and general municipal law. Allisyn is married to Skip Thomas, a happily retired deputy public defender. They make their home in Point Loma.

The Rev. Carlos Expósito

Anglicanism | Email Carlos
Carlos is the priest in charge of the Latino/Hispanic congregation at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego. He has been active in the Episcopal Church since he was 14. He was ordained a priest in 2008 and served different Episcopal parishes around Puerto Rico. He taught at the seminary, including English, Anglican Thought, Use of the Book of Common Prayer, Canon Law and Sacramental Theology. He holds a certification from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation as well.

Dr. Mark Mann

Theology | Email Mark
Dr. Mark H. Mann serves as associate professor of theology and Christian ministry and director for the honors scholars program at Point Loma Nazarene University. He is a member of All Souls’, Point Loma where he serves as a lector and chalice bearer and enjoys teaching adult forums. Mark and his wife, Melissa, have four children: Naomi, Nathaniel, Madeleine and Norah.

Dr. Orlando Espin

Theology | Email Orlando
Since 1991 Orlando Espín has been professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. Author of seven books and editor of five, he has also published over 400 articles in academic journals in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Espin earned a dual doctorate in systematic and practical theology at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He is one of the founders of U.S. Latinoa theology. He has specialized in the theological study of culture and interculturality, of tradition and traditioning, and of “popular” Christianities. His theological work has earned him some of the most prestigious scholarly awards in the U.S. and Europe

Michael J. Christensen

Christian Spirituality | Email Michael
Michael J. Christensen (M.A., Yale, Ph.D., Drew) is a professor of historical theology affiliated with Drew University, Nazarene Theological Society, Point Loma Nazarene University, and the Episcopal School for Ministry. His courses include: Ecumenical Theology, Church History, Christian Spirituality and Spiritual Formation. Dr. Christensen’s Ph.D. dissertation and expertise is on “Apocalyptic Interpretations of the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster.” He has published eleven books and many articles on various topics of practical theology, spirituality and social justice, and leadership development.

The Very Rev. Penelope Bridges

Ecumenism and Interfaith Ministry | Email Penny
The Very Rev. Penny Bridges answered the call to serve as the fourth Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in 2014. A native of Northern Ireland and lifelong Anglican, Penny received her education at Wells Cathedral School and Clare College, Cambridge. She pursued a career in data processing, which took her and her husband from England to New Hampshire in 1985. There her two sons were born and she experienced a call to ordination in the Episcopal Church. In 1997 she graduated from Berkeley at Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinty, summa cum laude and moved to Virginia.

Penny served six years as Associate Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Alexandria, and eleven years as the third Rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church, Great Falls. St. Paul’s magnificent music program is a good fit for Penny, who is herself an accomplished violist and singer. Since her arrival at St. Paul’s, Penny has focused on leading the church into the 21st century (the “emerging church” model), updating the administrative systems, overseeing the creation of the digital “Faith to Go” curriculum, installing exterior lighting to give the cathedral more visibility, and developing strong relationships with leaders of other faith communities and of city government.

Penny provides leadership in the Diocese too, chairing the Resolutions committee, coordinating the Episcopal/Lutheran Latino Ministries alliance, and initiating the San Diego chapter of the California Public Policy Network. In her free time Penny enjoys learning Spanish, playing viola in chamber groups and orchestras, and all the benefits of living by the ocean.

David Tremaine, M.Div.

Discipleship for the 21st Century | Email David
David Tremaine has been the Minister of Formation at Good Sam since July of 2019. In this role he works to coordinate the various formation offerings at Good Sam, including the adult forum, small groups, youth group, and Sunday School, and retreats. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (2010, BS Psychology) and Virginia Theological Seminary (2016, M.Div) as well as the author of The Beautiful Letdown: An Addict’s Theology of Addiction (2019). He lives in Clairemont with his wife Mary Lynn Coulson, who is the rector of St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea in Pacific Beach, and their son George. He loves sports, playing the guitar, reading, writing, and listening to music. He would also love to have coffee with you, so send him an email today.

Joe Mayer, LCSW

Pastoral Care
Joe has worked with a variety of people and in a number of settings during his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He began his professional career serving adults and seniors in protective services and worked in a hospice setting offering clinical, spiritual and bereavement counseling to patients and their families. He worked with individuals, couples and families in an employee assistance setting, and has provided psychological services to adults in a County Mental Health Clinic. Along with this, he has maintained a private practice as a Pastoral Counselor for twenty years. He is bilingual and bi-cultural (Spanish). He both teaches and integrates mindfulness into his work as a psychotherapist.

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