School for Ministry Faculty and Staff
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 theater performances.
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 of Theological Field Education & Liturgics I & II
Alex majored in Theology in Rome during Vatican II. His minor was Liturgics. Upon graduation and priestly ordination, for two years he was an Associate in a Latino parish in San Antonio, TX and professor of Dogmatic,Moral and Liturgical Theology for 13 years. As Chair of our Diocesan Liturgical Commission, he organized the ordination ceremony of our third bishop. He and his wife, the Rev. Nancy, have taught Liturgics I and II since the inception of our School for Ministry.
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.
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.
The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas
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.
Paige’s greatest joy in ministry is encouraging others to live out their baptismal ministries, and watching in excitement and delight as they become the people God is calling them to be in Christ. Paige received a degree in international relations at Boston University in 1992, and MDiv in Holy Scripture at the Boston University School of Theology in 1995. In 2000, she was called to be rector of St. George’s, York Harbor, Maine, and enjoyed ministry there until May of 2009 when she accepted a call to serve as rector of St. Peter’s, Del Mar. Paige’s civilian joys include time with her husband, daughter and dogs, and running the hills of Del Mar. She loves a good murder mystery and a yoga class that reminds her that humility is an essential spiritual discipline. Iconography is a regular practice of the discipline of letting go, and allowing the process do its work. Paige’s iconography blog is: Transformation Iconography.
The Rev. Kent Bramstetter, MDiv.
Seminar on Ordained Ministry
Kent Branstetter is rector of St Dunstan’s, San Diego, a return to the county where he grew up and the parish that sponsored him for ordination 35 years ago. He was recently appointed Missioner for Area Two (Christ the King, Alpine; St. Alban’s El Cajon; St. Andrew’s, La Mesa; St. Dunstan’s and St. Columba’s, Santee). He has served in the dioceses of San Diego (3 years and counting), Newark (8 years), and Atlanta (20 years). In Atlanta, Kent worked on the Diocesan Examining Chaplains and was dean of the Northeast Metro Convocation for 15 years. He is a perpetual student (M.A., Point Loma College; M.Div., Yale; M.Phil., Drew) who believes in the value of a good field trip: he worked in the cow shed on a kibbutz in Israel (1975-76); walked through Ephesus, whirled in Konya, snorkeled in the Red Sea, and picnicked in the ruins of Nicaea. Kent is also a compulsive teacher, including a stint of team teaching a philosophy course at Alberta Magnus College, CT. Kent and Rebecca, his wife of 26 years, live in El Cajon. They have two sons.