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Valerie Steele

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Pastor Valerie's Bio
Valerie Steele is pastor of Highland Park UMC, Stillwater, Oklahoma. In ministry, she finds her heart extremely happy when equipping children/youth for a productive future in Christ and strengthening underserved families through intentional, meaningful relationships and education. She has a strong passion for criminal justice ministry, weekly offering Bible study and a worship opportunity at a women's correctional facility. She loves to  preach, teach the Word and especially loves basking in the presence of God in worship. Valerie received her M.Div. from Phillips Theological Seminary. She holds a MLA in Leadership/Management and a BA in Music from Oklahoma City University. In her "former life" she worked in nonprofit fundraising.


She is the mother of four young adults. And, most of all, Valerie is the proud "MiMi" of Dominick, 8; Micah, 6; and, Peyton, 5.
Her hobbies are: reading, singing, listening to all types of music, watching episodes of Frasier, Golden Girls, Family Feud and Sci-Fi movies, roller skating, and playing online Scrabble (a.k.a., "Words with Friends".) 


Experience
Senior pastor, Highland Park UMC, Stillwater, OK --2017-Present
Senior pastor, St. Paul's UMC, Okemah, OK --2012-2017
Associate Pastor, Chapel Hill UMC, OKC -- 2004-2012
Senior Pastor, Mount Vernon UMC, Crescent, OK -- 2003-2005


Committees/Boards
Stillwater United Committee, 2018-Present
I AM Women's Ministry and Vocation Advisory Board, 2017-Present
Wesley Foundation, Oklahoma State University, 2017-Present
Wesley Foundation, Langston University, 2017-Present
Board of Ordained Ministry, 2011-Present
Strengthening the Black Church-21st Century, 2015-Present


Education
Phillips Theological Seminary, M. Div., 2005
Oklahoma City University, MLA, 2001
Oklahoma City University, BA Music, 1997

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