The Rev. Duane Steele

Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Organization: Gladesboro Evangelical Lutheran Church, 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.


Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Duane Steele

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What Do We Expect Jesus to Do?

Friday October 24, 2008

What Is Fair and What Is Right?

Friday October 24, 2008

Truth Lasts Forever

Friday October 24, 2008

Rest in Holy Time

Friday October 24, 2008

We Don't Choose All Our Friends

Friday October 24, 2008

Behind Closed Doors

Friday October 24, 2008

The Blind Man Who Knew Too Much

Friday October 24, 2008
In his sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Duane Steele, who himself has been blind from birth, explores the story of the healing of the man born blind, challenging us to better love and serve all who are made in God's image.

When God Weeps

Friday October 24, 2008
In his sermon for the final Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Duane Steele emphasizes events leading up to the miracle of the raising of Lazarus to encourage us to trust God when we wait in grief and pain for the hope of the resurrection that is to come.