The Rev. Vanessa Glass

The Rev. Vanessa Glass grew up in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada Foothills. After graduating from high school, Vanessa spent a year in Finland as a Rotary Exchange Student. She returned to California and earned a degree in Organizational Communication from California State University Sacramento and a Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Vanessa was ordained in 2001 on the thirtieth anniversary of her baptism. Vanessa has served parishes in San Francisco and Marin and has been the rector of St. Francis since August 2011. She is also a vocational faculty member for CREDO, a wellness program of the Church Pension Group. 

Vanessa is a deputy to General Convention and co-chairs the Diocese of California’s deputation to General Convention. She is the Vice-Chair of the Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church. In the diocese, she serves as a Mutual Ministry Review Facilitator, a CDSP Field Education Supervisor, and is the former convener and co-founder of the Women’s Clericus.

In 2010 Vanessa was awarded a Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders from the Louisville Institute. During her sabbatical, she traveled to France to study the labyrinth in Chartres and returned to Finland to visit friends and her former host family.

Vanessa is married to Michael Glass, chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin and a partner at Ragghianti Freitas, LLP. They have two daughters, a dog, cat and flock of backyard chickens.