Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball sees the United Methodist Church as a dynamic network of faith communities passionate about sharing the hope, love, and life of Christ. Her vision for the church has deep roots in her life experience.
Born in Massachusetts and raised in Milford, Delaware, Sandra was active at Avenue United Methodist Church from an early age. There, she discovered her love of singing and understood what the church can be at it’s best: a beacon of hope, acceptance, and love.
Her ability to see the potential in others - and the United Methodist Church - came from a family and church that first saw hers. Her parents, Edward and Marjorie Steiner, taught Sunday school at church and encouraged the bishop’s faith development. With the love and support of her mother and her schoolteachers, the bishop overcame some learning disabilities and graduated in the top 10 of her high school class.
She graduated with honors from Dickinson College in 1984, where she earned a degree in religion. She attended seminary at Duke University (M.Div. 1987), and earned an D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. in 2003.
Sandra most recently served as the Director of Connectional Ministries (DCM) for the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. During her last year as a DCM, she also served as interim pastor of Bayside Chapel, a new church start.
She was the first female superintendent of the Dover District, and served as dean of the cabinet. Sandra was the youngest and the first female pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Before that, she was associate pastor of Kent Island United Methodist Church in Chester, Maryland.
Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball is married to the Rev. Barry D. Steiner Ball. They have have two daughters: Sarah Elizabeth and Sandra Rebekah.
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