Rev. Dr. Walter and Robyn Steele

Theological Educator

Serving the Lord in East Africa


The Rev. Dr. Walter and Robyn Steele serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in East Africa.

Walter serves as academic dean and professor of Bible and Confessions Studies at Neema Lutheran College in Matongo, Kenya. He also serves as an advisor in curriculum development for schools throughout the region. Robyn serves as a Dietitian Educator for East Africa, where she teaches nutrition and works with deaconess students. Robyn is also working throughout the region as a member of the Shared Ministry Team.

Walter holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Culture from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, as well as Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Master of Sacred Theology degrees, with emphases in biblical theology and pastoral practice.

A 16-year veteran of the United States Navy, Walter has served Sailors and Marines in Japan, Thailand, Korea, the Persian Gulf and stateside at naval installations as a Navy chaplain. Prior to serving in Africa, he was pastor of three LCMS congregations. In addition, he has taught courses for Jonathan Ekong Memorial Seminary, Nigeria; Lutheran Theological Seminary, Pretoria, South Africa; Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, Calif.; and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, in the U.S. and in Tanzania.

Robyn is a registered dietitian, with a degree in nutrition from New Mexico State University, and a member of the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition. She has worked in the field for 25 years. Prior to serving in Africa, she ran her own nutrition consulting company and has worked in acute care hospitals and outpatient nutrition clinics. Her passion is teaching about the connection between food and faith. The Steeles have two married adult children and four grandchildren, who live in the U.S.

The Steeles have two married adult children and four grandchildren, who live in the U.S.


Pray for Walter and Robyn as they serve throughout East Africa. Ask the Lord to continue to grant them good health as they seek to bring the message of God’s grace in Christ to their students and to those in the surrounding communities.

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Additional Information

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

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