Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey (STH ’76)
Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey (STH ’76) first felt a calling to the ordained ministry while a student at Boston University School of Theology. Ordained Deacon in 1974 and Elder in 1977, she served churches in the Iowa Annual Conference. She was elected to the episcopacy in 2004 at which time she began serving as the Bishop of the Dakotas Area Annual Conference. In July of 2012 she was assigned to the Michigan Area. She has received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Iowa Wesleyan College (in 2004) and Dakota Wesleyan University (in 2012). She was named School of Theology Distinguished Alumna in 2013.