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Richard, “Dick” Steiner, was raised in the Mid-west in a farming family. While a child, his family was involved in serving at two Mennonite Church’s in Ohio and Lafayette, Indiana. In high school, Dick felt called to serve the Lord as a missionary and he subsequently studied at Purdue University and Taylor University doing his undergrad work.
After receiving his B.A. from Taylor University he was married to his first wife, Gladys Cleveland, in the year 1954. They then moved to New York where Dick studied at Biblical Seminary.
Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s Dick and Gladys, along with their four children, spent time prepping for the mission field, studying in Brussel’s, teaching Theology in the Congo (central Africa), and teaching French to college and high school students while on furloughs to the U.S. These were adventurous and faith filled years as their family endured civil unrest in their African host nation, traveled extensively, and lived by faith for God’s provision.
In 1978, after 24 years of marriage, Gladys died from cancer while they were living back in Fort Wayne, and Dick was serving as the Pastor of Highland Bethel Church, (now Highland Gospel Community).
A short time later he met Marilyn Dissinger and after getting married, they together returned for another four missionary terms in the former Zaire, now called Congo. Both retired in 1998 and came home from the mission field.
His time traveling and investing in lives in Africa has continued to fuel Dick’s heart for international missions.
Along life’s journey, he was able to complete an M.A. in French at Ball State University, as well as a Doctorate of Missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has finally put his days of academia behind him having recently taught his last class in Philosophy of Christian Thought at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Dr. Steiner has served for many years at this local church in various roles. He currently sits on our Executive Board of Elders as a volunteer Elder.