July 2019   
Meet our Board
Ex-Officio Chairman

Barry Beisner

The Rt. Rev. Barry Leigh Beisner was elected the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California on May 6, 2006 and serves as Ex-Officio Chairman of The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California. 

He was ordained and consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor on September 30, 2006.  He became Bishop of Northern California on January 1, 2007.

Bishop Beisner was born in Dayton, Ohio on June 5, 1951.  He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1973, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received the Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Master of Sacred Theology degree from The General Theological Seminary in 1994, and the degree of Doctor of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in 2007.

He was ordained to the diaconate in 1978 and to the priesthood in 1979 in the Diocese of California.

He served as Assistant to the Rector at St. Stephen’s in San Luis Obispo, California from 1978-1979 and as Vicar of St. Paul’s in Cambria, California from 1978-1980. Concurrently, he was a chaplain at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  From 1980-1983, he was the Associate Rector of St. Mark’s in Upper Arlington, Ohio; he also co-led a new church plant in a neighboring community of Dublin.  He returned to California to serve as Rector of The Church of the Incarnation, San Francisco from 1983-1989.  He next served as Rector of St. Martin’s in Davis from 1989-2002.  While there, he was instrumental in founding Davis Community Meals, helping to feed and house the community’s poor.  He was a Field Education Supervisor and Lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Theology with the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and a Chaplain for the Clergy Leadership Project.  He also served as an Army Reserve Chaplain.

He was named Canon to the Ordinary to Bishop Jerry Lamb of the Diocese of Northern California in 2002, and took on responsibility for congregational development, transition ministry, clergy support and development, and shared ministry in a geographically widespread and demographically diverse diocese.

He currently serves as Chair of The Episcopal Church’s Board for Transition Ministry, President of the Province VIII Court of Review, member of the Board of Directors of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and member of the Council of Advice of Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers.  He is also a member of Bishops Working for a Just World and Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem, and of the Board of Anglican Theological Review.

Bishop Beisner has been married to The Rev. L. Ann Hallisey since 1998, and together they have six grown children.

About the Bishop

Ex Officio - Chancellor

Charles Mack

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Charles R. Mack is Chancellor of the Diocese and serves on and advises several Diocesan bodies.  He is a Deputy to General Convention.  He is also a member of St. Luke’s Church in Woodland, where he serves as chair of the Stewardship Committee and sings in the choir.

He grew up in Sacramento and has an AB from U. C. Berkeley and an LLB from Boalt Hall.  He served as County Counsel of the County of Yolo, where he retired as the longest serving ever county counsel in the State.


Gregg Wickham

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Gregg H. Wickham

Member and President

Occupation:   Self-employed general contractor

Past and Present Church Service:

  • Member, Grace Episcopal Church, Fairfield (since the 1980’s)
  • Vestry Member, Junior Warden, Senior Warden
  • Godly Play story teller
  • Licensed Lay Preacher
  • Choir member
  • Rector Search Committee
  • Delegate, Diocesan Convention
  • Presenting team, Episcopal Marriage Encounter

Other Background:

  • BA, English Literature, University of Tennessee
  • Veteran, United States Air Force
  • Former Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 93, Fairfield
  • Former Chapter president, Business Networking International (BNI)

Vice President

Perry W. Polk


Kathe Charters

About the Foundation Board

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Members of the Board of Directors of The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California are acknowledged leaders and have an understanding of stewardship, an interest in planned giving, a willingness to give active support to this ministry, and a commitment to attend necessary meetings and events.

Board Members represent all areas of our Diocese and bring a wealth of professional and volunteer expertise to this ministry.

Names of potential candidates for membership on the Board should be sent to:

The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California
Tel (916) 283-8216 | Fax (916) 442-6927 or email at

Please include your name, address, phone number, church affiliation and a brief (2 -3 sentences) statement of the talents, gifts and skills this person would bring to the EFNC Board. Thank you.