Rev. Laurie K. Steele,Pastor
Reverend Laurie K. Steele is a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church and currently serving as the Senior Pastor of both Hartwell and Hartzell United Methodist Churches in Cincinnati, OH. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business, and a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, with a concentration Church Renewal. She has 15 years of Children/Youth & Young Adult ministry experience, and in that same time-period has had an extended missional focus on urban/city ministries. The 8 years prior to stepping into the role of lead pastor Laurie’s expanded her outreach focus to disaster relief in the states, including training with UMCOR in the West Ohio Conference’s Emergency Response Teams which came after mission trips to Biloxi, MS after hurricane Katrina, and then taking this passion for mission further into God’s world with 6 trips to Haiti. She currently serves on the Ohio River Valley District Board for Buildings & Locations and the new Caribbean Initiative team to help expand our missional reach to those in the Caribbean and beyond. She is currently working on a number of projects, one that include a focus on fighting the drug epidemic in the Ohio River Valley. Laurie is married to her partner of 21 years in life and ministry Frank, and together they have 3 amazing children: Courtney 31, Frankie 29 and Allison 26 and their two Aussies: Piper and Brutus. Her passion for taking the church outside the walls has become part of her daily ministry focus, but she does make time for date nights with the hubs, lots of Penguins/Blue Jackets hockey, creative Bible journaling, playing her bass and reading. Oh, and in case you wanted to know where she stands… Well, she definitely leans toward Marvel vs. DC Comics, Star Trek vs. Star Wars, Krispy Kreme vs. Duncan Donuts.
“Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you cannot see...” Hebrews 11:1