School for Ministry Faculty and Staff
The Rev. Dr. Mark Mann
Dean of Studies
In addition to his duties with the School for Ministry, 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.
Director for Formation and Transition
Prior to being ordained in the Episcopal Church, Rev. Laura was a graduate of the University of Iowa (BA, 1987), Iowa State University (MS, 1990) and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University (M.Div. 1993). She has served in parish ministry for almost 25 years, serving churches in the Dioceses of Iowa, Northwest Texas and San Diego. Prior to being Rector of the School for Ministry, Rev. Laura earned her D.Min. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2010. She served as vicar of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Carlsbad for 8 years. Rev. Laura takes joy in empowering and encouraging all persons in faith formation. She is married to Jerry, and enjoys reading, walking in nature, and attending live theatre performances.
Director of Theological Field Education
In 1975 Alex began the theological field education program for a School for Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He also served as a board member of the international association of theological field educators. In the fall of 2013 when our diocesan School for Ministry began, he accepted the invitation to be the director of theological field education.
The Rev. Pamela Rieger, Deacon
SFM Liaison to Executive Council & SFM Chaplain
Pam enrolled at SFM in 2013, in the inaugural class. In 2014, she became a postulant to the diaconate. After graduating in 2015, she was ordained as a deacon. Her first assignment was at All Souls’, Point Loma; she now serves St. Dunstan’s, San Diego. She is on the executive council, leads a street church ministry at the Episcopal Church Center on Wednesdays, and works with the Showers of Blessings, which provides hot showers for people without homes.
Alyson 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.
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.
Anglicanism & Modern Theology
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 is looking forward to adding the School for Ministry to that list.
Ethics & Church Mission and Society
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.
Dr. David Moseley, PhD
Hebrew Scriptures I & II, New Testament I & II
David Moseley, PhD, teaches religious studies and philosophy at The Bishop’s School, La Jolla, where he also serves as director of global education. He has also been teaching theology and Biblical studies at the University of San Diego as an adjunct faculty member since 1997. Dr. Moseley holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in law, theology and philosophy from Oxford University; and a doctorate in theology from Cambridge University. He is also the theologian-in-residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, and teaches adult education classes throughout the county.
Fr. Doran is a 1996 graduate of Wheaton College, and graduated cum laude from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in 2005. Doran serves as rector of St. Michael’s by-the-Sea, Carlsbad. Doran is passionate about the ancient Christian faith and its prudent application to modern times. He enjoys pickelball, writing, surfing and spendin
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 (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.