Sophia Steibel

Dr. Sophia Steibel

Professor of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation


  • B.A., Gardner-Webb University
  • M.A.(R.E.) Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Additional study: Renovaré International Conference, E. Glenn Hinson Institute, and Regent College


Sophia R. G. Steibel joined the School of Divinity faculty in 2001. She teaches The Christian Journey, Designing Curriculum, Leadership with Volunteers in the Church, Mission and Ministry, and Administration and Leadership. Dr. Steibel coordinates the spiritual formation curriculum for the School of Divinity, and she leads spirituality retreats for students annually. Christian education and spiritual formation are Dr. Steibel’s primary areas of research interest.

Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Divinity, Dr. Steibel was Associate Professor of Religious Education at Gardner-Webb University. She is the former Director of Campinas Baptist Theological College, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Additionally, Dr. Steibel served on the faculties of South Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary and Baptist Religious Education Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is active in the life of the First Baptist Church of Shelby, North Carolina.

Dr. Steibel is a native of Brazil. She is married to Eduardo Steibel.