November 21, 2019
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with sadness that I report to you the death of the Rev. Charles E. Steinke on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Sterling, Illinois.
Pastor Steinke was born October 16, 1939, in Woodstock, Illinois, and married Betty Garrison on August 10, 1963. Pastor Steinke graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1963. He later graduated from Central Theological Seminary, Fremont, NE (later merged to become Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Illinois) in 1967.
Pastor Steinke was ordained May 22, 1968 by the Lutheran Church in America and began his ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church, Golden, Illinois, from 1968-1973. Next, he was called to serve Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, from 1973-1975. Next, he was called to serve at Trinity Lutheran Church, Harvard, Illinois from 1975-1984. He was then called to serve St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sterling, Illinois, from 1984-1992. Next, he was called to serve St. Paul Lutheran Church, Peoria, Illinois, from 1992-1995 He was then called to serve Salem Lutheran Church, Sycamore, Illinois, from 1995-1998. His final call was to serve as Assistant to the Bishop at the Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA from 1998-2004. Pastor Steinke retired in 2004.
In his retirement, Pastor Steinke’s great love for the church continued as he served as a facilitator/consultant for the Stewardship Key Leader program of the ELCA as well as serving as an interim pastor in congregations within the Northern Illinois Synod.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 703 Third Avenue, Sterling, Illinois.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 24 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 703 Third Avenue, Sterling, Illinois from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and on Monday, November 25, from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at St. John’s, prior to the service. Rostered ministers are invited to vest and process. The color is white.
As the church, we offer our sympathy to his family and friends and because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we rejoice in God’s promise of eternal life, comfort, and hope.
Walking with you,
Bishop Jeffrey Clements