The Rev. Duane Steele is pastor of Gladesboro Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hillsville, VA
The Rev. Duane Steele is pastor of Gladesboro Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hillsville, VA.
Pastor Steele is one of only a few sightless pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For him, the ministry was a second career. His first career had been music.
Duane, born in Livingston Manor, NY, a small community in the Catskills, attended the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind (now called The New York School for Special Education) in The Bronx.
Duane received his undergraduate degree from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, and his Master's from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. He was ordained in 1978.
Since 1996, he has served as the ELCA's Braille Ministry Consultant, and is currently involved in efforts to revitalize and expand the church's outreach to blind and visually impaired people.
Duane's family eventually extended to include four children, two sons and two daughters. He and his wife Janet have seven (soon to be eight) grandchildren.
Interests include sports, especially baseball and college basketball, reading, listening to good classical music and hiking in the great outdoors.
He and Janet now reside in Woodlawn, VA.
I am told that imprisonment can alter one's perspective. Isolation can cloud what we once supposed to be true. Perhaps John the Baptist thought this might be happening to him as he sat in prison. John had encountered Jesus at the Jordan and had sought permission to be baptized by Jesus. However, Jesus had understood John's role in God's salvation history and had prevented John from reversing the roles each would play because he recognized John as the holy messenger sent by God to prepare the way for his ministry.Read full transcript...
Today's Gospel reading honors Christ the King. It is the last Sunday of the church-year calendar. It is also the day when many of you listening to my voice will be returning home from the long Thanksgiving Day weekend and you're already looking forward to Christmas.
As you share this Protestant Hour broadcast with me, you're probably wondering if there has been some mistake in the schedule. Our Scripture text is taken right out of the Good Friday narrative and seems to be out of context somehow. Yet, those who chose the readings appointed for the Sundays of the church year felt that it is necessary to emphasize the real Kingdom of Christ our Lord on the day which bears that title. In order for Jesus to achieve his glory at the right side of God the Creator, there had to be a cross and a death.Read full transcript...