Professional Association: Resident Bishop for the Michigan Area United Methodist Church
Education: Morningside College, Religion and Piano Performance (Honors), 1973. Boston University School of Theology, Masters of Divinity, 1976.
Deborah Lieder Kiesey graduated with honors from Morningside College in 1973, with degrees in Religion and Piano Performance. For her successful efforts, Bishop Kiesey was named Outstanding Alumna of the Year for Morningside College in 2004. While a student at Boston University School of Theology, she felt a calling to the ordained ministry and earned her Master of Divinity degree in 1976. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Boston University School of Theology in 2013.
Ordained Deacon in 1974 and Elder in 1977, she served the following churches in the Iowa Annual Conference: Richland & Ollie, Washington (Associate), Mt. Pleasant (Senior Pastor), and Iowa City (Senior Pastor). In 2001 she was appointed to the Waterloo District, and served there until her election to the episcopacy.
Bishop Kiesey was elected to serve as a delegate to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1988, and was the first elected clergy from the Iowa Annual Conference in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. Throughout her ministry she has had the privilege of serving on a wide range of committees and boards, including the Board of Fellows, University of Iowa School of Religion, the Board of Trustees for Iowa Wesleyan College, Morningside College and Dakota Wesleyan University, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women from 1992 – 2000, and on the General Board of Church and Society from 2004 – 2012, serving as President of that Board from 2008 – 2012.
She has received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Iowa Wesleyan College (in 2004) and Dakota Wesleyan University (in 2012).
Bishop Kiesey was elected to the Episcopacy in 2004, and was assigned as Resident Bishop of the Dakotas Area of the United Methodist Church, serving there until 2012, when she was assigned as the Resident Bishop for the Michigan Area United Methodist Church.
Bishop Kiesey and her husband D. Bradley Kiesey, an attorney from Washington, Iowa, have two adult sons, Joel and Aaron.
I want to do what I can to strengthen the connection between our United Methodist affiliated schools and the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church. I believe a strong bond will strengthen not only the college, but our local churches and the annual conference as a whole.