Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball
West Virginia Episcopal Area
900 Washington Street East
Charleston, WV 25301
Sandra L. Steiner Ball, the daughter of Edward J. and Marjorie W. Steiner, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and raised in Milford, Delaware. She is a graduate of Dickinson College, (B.A. in Religion, 1984), Duke Divinity School (M.Div., 1987), and Wesley Theological Seminary (D.Min., 2003).
Sandra was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. She served as the first full-time associate pastor of Kent Island United Methodist Church in Chester, Maryland. At St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Michaels, Maryland, Sandra served as the church’s youngest and first female pastor. She became the first female Dover District Superintendent. Sandra served as the first female Director of Connectional Ministries in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. During her last year as a DCM, she also served as interim pastor of Bayside Chapel, a new church start. Sandra was in this position when elected to the episcopacy by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2012 and was assigned to the West Virginia Area.
Bishop Steiner Ball was a first reserve delegate to the 2004 and first elected delegate to the 2008 and 2012 General Conferences of The United Methodist Church and to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conferences. Sandra has served the general church in a variety of areas, including the Interjurisdictional Episcopacy Committee, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, and the Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy.
Bishop Steiner Ball and her husband, the Rev. Barry D. Steiner Ball, have two daughters: Sarah Elizabeth and Sandra Rebekah.