James Philip Steel, Sr., was born on June 3, 1944, and passed away peacefully on October 14, 2021, with Anne, his wife of 56 years, by his side…the place she literally never left all those years!
He is survived by his loving wife, his three amazing children and their spouses: Kim and her husband Mark Almas, Kristin and her husband Bob Thompson, and Jim, Jr. and his wife Kellye, his seven talented and beautiful grandchildren Max, Zac, Tatum, Libby, Maryn, Laurel, and Benjamin, and two pretty cool siblings John and Maudie.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, to Elwyn and Sarah Steel, he was the middle of four siblings: Robert Steel, Dorothy Komanich, twin brother John Steel, and Maudie Andresen. They probably still bicker about it, but technically Jim is the older twin by a whopping 9 minutes.
Jim and Anne (née Chipchase) met at Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1962. They were married on July 24, 1965, and together in November 1965 the two entered into what would become a lifelong career in the ministry. With a passion for missions as well as the local church body, Jim served in many places as Pastor, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Christian school administrator, theology professor, Bible college administrator and president, missions administrator, and more. His love for Christ was the essence of who he was. He will be missed for now, but we praise God knowing that he is with our Savior, and we will see him again someday!
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Missions Fund at Tri-City Baptist Church, of Westminster, CO.
Jim's life verse was Philippians 3:10-11 (in the Amplified Version): [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] that if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
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