The Rev. Duane Steele

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

The Rev. Duane Steele served as pastor of Gladesboro Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hillsville, VA, from 1978 to 2010. In 2012, the congregation voted to make him pastor emeritus. Duane is one of only a few totally blind pastors who have ever held full-time positions in the ELCA. For him, the ministry was a second career: his first career had been in music.

He was born in Livingston Manor, NY, a small community in the Catskills, and as a child he attended the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind in the Bronx. He received his undergraduate degree in church music from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, and his M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA. He was ordained in 1978.

Duane has two daughters and two sons, and eight grandchildren. He is currently retired from parish ministry, and living in Massachusetts.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Duane Steele

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When God Weeps

Tuesday April 01, 2014
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.

The Blind Man Who Knew Too Much

Tuesday March 25, 2014
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.

What Do We Expect Jesus to Do?

Sunday December 16, 2001

What Is Fair and What Is Right?

Sunday November 25, 2001

Truth Lasts Forever

Sunday October 28, 2001

Rest in Holy Time

Sunday June 01, 1997

We Don't Choose All Our Friends

Sunday May 04, 1997

Behind Closed Doors

Sunday April 06, 1997