CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Sandra Steiner Ball believes God has called her to serve as bishop of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
"It's exciting," she
"It's full of new opportunities for making disciples for Jesus Christ, creating new relationships, and working with the future vision of the church."
Ball, 50, was elected bishop during the Northeastern Jurisdiction Conference and assigned to the West Virginia area.
is the first woman to hold the position.
official duties began Sept. 1.
The West Virginia Conference includes the entire state, with the exception of the Eastern Panhandle, as well as Garrett County, Md. Of 831 pastors, 644 are men and 187 are women.
Ball was formerly director of connectional ministries for the Peninsula-Delaware Conference.
She has previously served as an associate pastor, lead pastor and district superintendent.
initial call to the ministry was something she
embraced even though she
did not immediately tell others.
That was because she
didn't know any women ministers.
She was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Delaware.
likes to unwind by reading things not related to work.
These are usually books recommended by her
also enjoys walking, listening to music, and taking beach vacations.