Deborah Kiesey

Bishop Deborah Kiesey


United States

North Central Jurisdiction


Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 2004 to 2016.

From April 2 - December 31, 2022, Bishop Kiesey was assigned as interim bishop to the Iowa Area and Dakotas-Minnesota Area (supervising the Dakotas Annual Conference).


Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey was born in Sioux City, Iowa, to Reverend Dr. Lyle and Betty Lieder. She is the middle child of five. Her father served, and therefore she lived, in a variety of places in Iowa, including Hornick, Sioux City, Odebolt, Eagle Grove, Spencer and Mason City, where she graduated from high school.

She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she graduated with honors with a double major in Religion and Piano Performance. She was named Outstanding Alumna of the Year for Morningside College.

Deb first felt a call to the ordained ministry while a student at Boston University School of Theology and she earned her Master of Divinity degree there.

Upon ordination, she served the following Iowa churches: Richland/Ollie, Washington, Mt. Pleasant, and Iowa City. In 2001 she was appointed to the Waterloo District and served there until her election to the episcopacy in 2004 by the North Central Jurisdictional Conference and appointed to the Dakotas Area.

Deb has been a delegate to General Conference since 1988 and was the first elected clergy from the Iowa 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 Trustees for Iowa Wesleyan College, Morningside College and Dakota Wesleyan University. After serving 8 years in the Dakotas Area, she was assigned to the Michigan Area in July 2012 until her retirement.

She was married to D. Bradley Kiesey, an attorney from Washington, Iowa who passed in 2021. They were blessed with two adult sons, Joel and Aaron.