Rev. Dr. Walter and Robyn Steele

Serving the Lord in Kenya


The Rev. Dr. Walter and Robyn Steele serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Kenya. Walter serves as academic dean at Neema Lutheran College, Matongo School of Theology, in rural Kenya, preparing pastors, evangelists and deaconesses for ministry throughout East Africa. In addition to curriculum development, he teaches the Bible, counsels students, and preaches in the college’s chapel and in local Kenyan congregations, telling people the Good News of Christ Jesus.

Walter earned his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW); a Master of Theology in Pastoral Care from Princeton Theological Seminary; a Master of Sacred Theology in Old Testament from CTSFW; and a Ph.D. in Theology and Culture from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

A 16-year United States Navy veteran, Walter served as a Navy and Marine Corps chaplain from 1997 to 2005. Before becoming a missionary, he was pastor of three LCMS congregations. He also has taught courses for Concordia University Irvine’s Cross-Cultural Ministry Center, Jonathan Ekong Memorial Seminary in Nigeria and CTSFW.

Robyn holds a degree in dietetics from New Mexico State University. Prior to serving in Africa, she worked as a dietitian in local hospitals and care facilities, and as a nursing home inspector. At Matongo, she provides a warm welcome to everyone she meets. Robyn’s hobbies include sewing, gardening and lacto fermentation. Walter and Robyn have two married adult children and four grandchildren.


Pray for Walter and Robyn as they serve in Kenya. Ask God to give Walter wisdom and strength as he helps develop courses that form faithful pastors and church workers in Africa, and ask the Lord to keep him safe as he preaches in remote locations to those who do not yet know our Lord Jesus. Pray for Robyn as she interacts with the women and staff on campus. Ask God to give her strength as she welcomes guests into their home, which is known as Karibuni House. (Karibuni means “you all are welcome!”)

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  • Birthdays:
    • Walter — Sept. 29
    • Robyn — Nov. 25
  • Wedding Anniversary: Oct. 21
  • Home District: Pacific Southwest

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