Rev. Joyce Parry Moore

Rev. Joyce Parry Moore

“I am thrilled to be growing into my first rectorship here at St. Bartholomew’s. The diverse nature of the community – vintners, ranchers, scientists – mirrors my own diversity of interests. My family and I have already felt welcomed and loved in your presence. Together we will listen to God’s call for a rich and abundant ministry, and I will serve you all with the vigor of my passion for, as Micah encouraged, “doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God.”

Rev Joyce Parry Moore began her ministry as our rector on April 22nd, 2012, after a rector search process that began in November 2010. She came to us from St. Paul’s, Oakland where she served as assisting priest. Previously she was chaplain of the Seamen’s Church Institute at the Port of Oakland where she came into contact with seamen of many nationalities and creeds.

This I Believe

In 2006, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and with the opportunity to sing Verdi's Requiem with the Juneau Symphony in Alaska, Mo. Joyce recorded her feelings about the healing power of music in her "This I Believe" essay.

After receiving her MDiv from the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley, Mother Joyce is currently pursuing a DMin in Pastoral Counseling at the San Francisco Theological School, where her dissertation focuses on providing creative pastoral care for women following cancer treatments. She is also in the process of publishing a book on survivorship, and starting up a blog.

While at PSR, she studied at several GTU schools, including the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Episcopal seminary) and GTU partner institutions such as the Franciscan School of Theology, and the Center for Buddhist Studies.

Mother Joyce has led worship, education and outreach at a number of Bay Area churches such as All Soul’s Church, Berkeley, where she was a field education intern, and Holy Innocents’ Church in San Francisco, where she coordinated programs for children, youth and families. She also served as a chaplain for a summer in Hawaii at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, and the State Mental Hospital of Hawaii.

Prior to answering the call to ministry, Joyce and her family lived for fourteen years in Juneau, Alaska, moving there from New York City, where she was following a classical singing career, in order to perform and intern with Perseverance Theatre in Juneau. Joyce and her husband, Patrick, acted in many plays together, before Joyce formed her own non-profit opera company, Opera to GO!, which continues today, traveling to rural areas of the state providing entertainment, education and outreach.