Candidate Biography
 

    The Rev. Rodney G. Steele



    Conway, AR


    Born:
    August 19, 1954

    Becky Garrett Steele



    Children: M. Garrett Steele, age 22

    Sarah E. Steele, age 17
       
    Education and Honors:
    1972 Hope High School, Hope, AR

    1977 Centenary College of Louisiana, B.A. Religion
    - (Finished degree work in the summer of ’76, degree
    awarded in the Spring of ’77)
    - 1976 Certification, Centenary School of Church Careers
    - 1976 "Do-er’s" Award by Conglomerate (school
    newspaper)

    1980 Iliff School of Theology, M. Div.
    - 1978-79, 79-80 Student Member of Faculty Council
    - 1979-80 Who’s Who in Universities and Colleges
    - 1979-80 Faculty Assistant, Dr. Clarence Snelling, Professor of Christian Education
    - 1979-80 Colloquium Group Leader
    - 1980 Worship Award
    Ministry:
    1974-76 Pastor, Bradley UMC, Bradley, Arkansas
    - Served as a local pastor while attending college
    1976-77 Jr. High Youth Minister, Littleton UMC, Littleton, Colorado
    1977-80 Student, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado
    1977-78 Internship, Asbury UMC, Little Rock, Arkansas
    1980-82 Pastor, Mineral Springs/Wakefield UMC, Mineral Springs, Arkansas
    1982-86 Associate Pastor, Pulaski Heights UMC, Little Rock, Arkansas
    1986-88 Chaplain, Captain USAF, Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, Illinois
    1988-92 Pastor, Murfreesboro/Japany UMC, Murfreesboro, Arkansas
    1992-97 Senior Pastor, Heritage UMC, Van Buren, Arkansas
    1997-01 Senior Pastor, 1st UMC, Rogers, Arkansas
    2001-05 Senior Pastor, 1st UMC, Texarkana, Arkansas
    2005 - present, district superintendent, North Central District, Arkansas Conference
    Membership:
    Little Rock Annual Conference (merged into Arkansas Annual Conference)
    Arkansas Annual Conference
    Other:
    Boards and Agencies:
    1980 - 1992 Little Rock Conference
    - Board of Trustees Camp Tanako
    - Joint Committee on Communication - Arkansas Methodist Newspaper
    - Commission on the Status and Role of Women
    - Board of Global Ministries
    - Conference Youth Council
    - Metropolitan United Methodist Committee on Relief, Chair, 1984-86
    - Arkadelphia District Committee on Ordained Ministry, Chair, 1991-92
    - Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

    1992-2001 North Arkansas Conference
    - Conference Committee on the Episcopacy
    - Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Chair 1994-2000
    - Order of Elders, Chair 1999-2001
    - Arkansas Area Transition Team, Uniting Conferences

    2001 -2003 Little Rock Conference
    - Arkansas Area Transition Team, Uniting Conferences
    - Hope District Committee on Ordained Ministry, Chair 2001-2003
    - Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
    - Connected in Christ: Chair, Clergy Leadership Team; Member, Board
    - Annual Conference Planning Committee for New Conference Session

    2003 - present Arkansas Conference
    - Committee on the Episcopacy, Chair
    - Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
    - Hendrix College, Trustee
    - Arkansas Cabinet
    - Blue Ribbon Task Force on Apportionments
    - Ministerial Effectiveness Task Force, Chair 2006 - present
    - Leadership Formation Team
    - Administrative Services Team

    General/Jurisdictional Conferences:
    1996
    - Reserve Delegate to General Conference
    - Jurisdictional Conference - Committee on Structure and Rules of Order
    2000
    - General Conference - Legislative Committee on Higher Education and Ministry
    - Jurisdictional Conference - South Central Jurisdiction Court of Appeals
    2004
    - Head Clergy Delegate of new Arkansas Conference,
    - Endorsed for Episcopal Candidacy (withdrew due to wife’s health)
    - General Conference - Legislative Committee on Judicial Administration
    - Director, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
    - Jurisdictional Conference - 2004-08 SCJ Committee on the Episcopacy
    2008
    - Head Clergy Delegate, elected on 1st ballot
    - Endorsed for Episcopal Candidacy
    - General Conference - Legislative Committee on Judicial Administration
    - Director, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
    Jurisdictional Conference - 2008-12 SCJ Committee on the Episcopacy
    Office:
    NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT
    3 Red Oak Drive
    Conway, AR 72034-3495
    Phone: (501) 329-5141
    Fax: (501) 329-3952
    Email: northcentralds@conwaycorp.net
    Endorsed by:
    Arkansas Annual Conference
    Black Methodists for Church Renewal in South Central Jurisdiction

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