May 24, 2016

David Steele named new General Secretary

Mission and Ministry Board names new general secretary for the Church of the Brethren

David A. Steele
David A. Steele
David A. Steele has been named general secretary-elect of the Church of the Brethren by the denomination’s Mission and Ministry Board. His appointment was announced yesterday, May 23, at a specially called meeting at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md.

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“I am humbled to be called,” Steele said. “It is a privilege to serve.” He added, “obviously it is a daunting call in some respects, given the currents in the life of the church, but it’s an exciting call. I look forward to the opportunity of serving in this capacity.”
Steele currently is district executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Middle Pennsylvania District, a position he has held since 2005. His start date as general secretary will be Sept. 1.
The afternoon meeting included time for worship and discernment, an interview, and conversation with Steele as candidate. It was led by board chair Don Fitzkee and chair-elect Connie Burk Davis, who chaired the search committee. The search committee also included board members Jerry Crouse, Jonathan Prater, and Patrick Starkey, and Belita Mitchell and Pam Reist from the church at large.
General secretary-elect brings extensive experience of church leadership
Steele is an ordained minister who has held numerous leadership positions in the Church of the Brethren, including in 2015 serving in the highest elected position in the denomination as moderator of Annual Conference.
He has been a leader in the Council of District Executives, where he has been treasurer and has twice been a member of the Ministry Advisory Council 2009-11 and 2013-14.