Kathleen Bean, Associate Rector, was born in Iowa and grew up on her dad’s stories of his life
on a small farm, and her appreciation of the sacred nature of the land and of growing and
sharing food runs deep.
She grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and after marrying Brian, an investment banker with
a degree in botany, moved to her dream city, San Francisco. There she became the
Development Director for The Nature Conservancy of California and served on the boards of
organizations devoted to conservation and sustainable agriculture. Following a desire to be
more engaged in the conservation of working landscapes, Kathleen and Brian bought Lava Lake
Ranch in 1999 and are now dyed-in-the-wool sheep ranchers and proud Idahoans. They raised
their two daughters, Phoebe and Fiona, in the city during the school year and on the ranch for
summers and vacations – the best of both worlds. Both girls are avid outdoorswomen and are
studying at University of Montana in Missoula.
Kathleen was baptized in the Methodist Church, worshipped at a small non-denominational
church as a teenager, and found the Episcopal Church as a young adult. She earned a Masters
Degree in Theology with an emphasis in Spirituality at the Franciscan School in Berkeley, part of
the Graduate Theological Union where students are encouraged to take classes at other
seminaries and learn about other faith traditions. After this rich experience Kathleen answered
a long simmering call to ordained ministry, and she completed her seminary education at
Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She is deeply grateful for the ecumenical nature of her life
Kathleen was drawn to the Episcopal Church by the beauty of the liturgy and the open-hearted
welcome of all, “wherever you are in your journey of faith.” She is passionate about helping
connect people to God and to each other by creating sacred spaces and experiences, whether
inside a church, outside in nature, or around the dinner table, and for many years has engaged
in ministry to moms of young children.