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The Rev. Dr. Deborah White


Rev. Deb was sponsored for ordination by Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda. Deb previously served as the Interim Co-Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, which is a large urban parish in San Francisco, and as the Associate Rector of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, a Rite I congregation. She is also the President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of California, Vice-Chair of the Faith Advisory Committee of the Martinez Homeless Action Coalition, and a member of the Grace Cathedral Board of Directors. Deb previously served as Secretary of the Executive Council of the Diocese of California and as a member of the board of The Episcopal Impact Fund.

Deb hails from the northeast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Theatre and Dance, a Master of Social Work degree, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  She has worked in broadcasting, with chronically mentally ill people on the streets of Baltimore, in the California state prison system, for the Departments of Mental Health in Massachusetts and California, and as a forensic psychological expert witness. Deb is married to Gary Spenik, a Project Manager and retired U.S. Coast Guard officer, and has two children and a dog, Riptide, who often accompanies her to work at Grace. You can email Reverend Deb here.