A native Californian and cradle Presbyterian, Bear was raised in Los Angeles, and received her BA in Religious Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and her M. Div. and D. Min. degrees from San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union. She has served churches in Southern California, was the Director of the Women In Ministry Project for the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, and held the position of Dean of Students at the southern campus of SFTS. Bear also directed the Peace Center at United University Church, and later became the “Intergalactic Field Organizer” with her sister’s outreach to middle school girls through Sally Ride Science.
Bear continues to be actively involved in the work of the Presbyterian Church, USA, having served as co-moderator of More Light Presbyterians, and a variety of boards and agencies of the Church. A rabble rouser at heart and daughter of a political scientist, Bear loves politics of every sort. Bear loves to travel with her wife, Susan Craig, frolic with their beloved Tibetan Terrier, Laika, read, enjoy a good meal and good music, and generally spend time with family – especially grandchildren.