School for Ministry: Faculty and Staff

The Rev. Pamela Rieger, Archdeacon

Archdeacon and SFM Rector | Email Pam
Pam is an alumni of the 2013 inaugural class of the EDSD School for Ministry and was ordained as a Vocational Deacon in 2015. She has served as the School for Ministry Chaplain to students since 2016.  As rector for the School for Ministry and Archdeacon for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, she is responsible for recruitment, faculty, curriculum, with a special ministry towards diaconal formation and discernment.  She serves as the Deacon in Residence at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in San Diego and organized and led an Ecclesia Ministry Communion Service (A Street Church Ministry)on Wednesday evenings in the courtyard of the Episcopal Church Center.

The Rev. Brian E. Fidler

Interim Dean of Studies | Email Brian
Assuming the role of Interim Dean of Studies will be the Rev. Brian Fidler. Brian is a recently retired priest in the diocese who has served as Chair of the Commission on Ministry for the past two years. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. He served for three years at Trinity Church in Moorestown, New Jersey, and for thirty-five years as chaplain and teacher in five Episcopal boarding and day schools around the country; he retired in 2018 from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla where he held The Manchester Chaplain’s Chair and The Lawrence Waddy Chaplain’s Chair. Brian also serves as a Master Mentor to school chaplains through the Thriving in Ministry program at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is a member of All Souls’, Point Loma.

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.

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.

Canon Christian Gillette, M.Div.

Church Mission & Society | Email Christian
Christian Gillette currently serves the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego as the Canon for Evangelism and Discipleship. He received his M. Div. from Azusa Pacific Seminary, where his studies focused on discipleship, spiritual formation, and church mission. He has worked as a pastor, missional community leader, and musical director in communities ranging from large churches, to new church plants and loves to imagine creative ways of gathering people around the good news of Jesus Christ.

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.