Bishop Beisner graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He received his MDiv from CDSP in 1978, his STM from General Theological Seminary in 1994. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1978 and the priesthood in 1979. Prior to his consecration as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Northern California on September 30, 2006, he served as Canon to the Ordinary. Bishop Beisner was married in 1998 to the Rev. L. Ann Hallisey. They have 6 grown children.