Professor of Moral and Historical Theology
Office: Alexander Hall
Education: BA, Haverford College, 1974; MDiv, Yale Divinity School, 1978; PhD, Marquette University, 1990. At SPU since 1995.
Rick Steele came to SPU after serving for 17 years in the United Methodist pastorate in Wisconsin, and teaching at Marquette University and the Milwaukee Theological Institute.
Dr. Steele was chair of the Department of Theology from 2000 to 2009, interim co-dean of the School of Theology from 2002 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2007. He was associate dean of graduate theological studies from 2010 to 2017. Dr. Steele was elected Professor of the Year in 2002, was named Weter Faculty Award Lecturer in 2004, and served as chair of the University faculty in 2004–05.
His great joys are classroom instruction and interacting with students.
"Heart Religion" in the Methodist Tradition and Related Movements
Scarecrow Press, 2001
"This volume defends the cogency of [Methodism’s conviction that 'authentic knowledge of God is both an ineffably delightful experience and a life-transfiguring process'], and argues that a better understanding of what it does and does not mean may help us to overcome some of the chilling fractiousness which it has spawned. We take it that our founder would approve, for he insisted that Methodism is the religion of the heart warmed by divine grace and employed in neighbor love." (xxxviii)
Gracious Affection and "True Virtue" According to Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley
Scarecrow Press, 1994
I've Been Wondering: Conversations With Young Theologians
Paternoster Press, 2007
"[P]aradox cannot be resolved 'on paper,' that is on purely exegetical and dogmatic grounds. It can only be resolved in the living of the Christian life, where gratitude for undeserved mercies merge with a commitment to public service." (76)
View Dr. Steele’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.