The Rev. Duane Steele is pastor emeritus of Gladesboro Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hillsville, VA
The Rev. Duane Steele is pastor emeritus 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.
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