Pastor Steele is a native of Rock Hill, SC and began his college education at York Technical College graduating from Belmont Abby, in Belmont, NC with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion & Psychology. Pastor Steele was awarded a Certificate from Emory University for completing the course From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement. Theological studies were done at Shaw University Divinity School and currently completing his required work for the Masters of Divinity at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Pastoral assignments for Pastor Steele have included Morning Star Church, Charlotte, NC, New Loves Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Lake Wylie, SC and Bethel AME Zion Church, Kannapolis, NC. While in Kannapolis, he served as a Judge in the Cabarrus County Teen Court System, a member of the Board of Directors for the Dorothy Wall’s Conference & Retreat Center, and the Chairman of the Board of Christian Education for the West Central North Carolina Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church.
In September 2013, Pastor Steele was appointed by Bishop W. Darin Moore to the First A.M.E. Zion Church, Los Angeles, CA the flagship of the Western Episcopal District. The congregation is being renewed, revived, and resurrected and membership has increased, renovations are underway, and lives are being changed.
Pastor Steele’s service to the A.M.E. Zion Church has included the West Central North Carolina Conference, and the Concord District in the following capacities: Elected Delegate to 2012 General Conference, Concord District Treasurer, Chairman of the Concord District Budget Committee, Advisor to the Concord District Lay Council, Board of Apportionment of the West Central North Carolina Conference, Episcopal Leadership Training Board of the Piedmont Episcopal District, Southeastern Region YACM Steering Committee Member -at- Large.
Pastor Steele serves as the following for the Western Episcopal Area as the Western Episcopal Treasurer, Dean of Finance for “The Encounter”, Facilitating Agent for the R.C.A. & A.M.E.Z Church Planting Initiative, Treasurer for the Board of Bishop’s Preaching Institute Planning Team, Board Member of the Connectional Council Publication Board, Chair, SWRMC Finance Committee, Chair, SWRMC Conference Studies/Examiners, Chair, Los Angeles District Finance Committee, Member, SWRMC Admission Committee, Member, and SWRMC Holy Orders Committee.
A recent inductee of the 2015 World Methodist Council Order of The FLAMES and a sought after evangelist, revivalist, and workshop facilitator. Pastor Steele hosts a weekly radio show sponsored by Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles at the RMC Media Center called “Inspirational Moments with Pastor Steele”.
Pastor Steele is married to Natasha Ford Steele and uses as his theme: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or with a song then my living will not be in vain.”