Author: Kelcy Steele

Rev. Kelcy Steele is Senior Pastor of Varick Memorial AME Zion Church in New Haven, Connecticut. He and his wife Natasha are 2015 members of the World Methodist Evangelism Order of the Flame. A native of Rock Hill, SC, he graduated from Belmont Abby, in Belmont, NC with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion & Psychology. Pastor Steele was awarded a Certificate from Emory University for completing the course From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement. He acquired his Master of Divinity degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is a sought-after evangelist and workshop leader.

Kelcy Steele ~ Old Ship of Zion: AME Zion General Conference Address

I’m proud to declare that the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is my church. It’s my church of birth, it’s my church of choice, and it’s the church I love. It is known by many as “The Freedom Church,” and this I do not take lightly. Yet, while no church can ever claim to be perfect, the church must at least strive to be true. By God’s grace the “Old Ship of Zion” has traversed many dangerous and sometimes tumultuous waters since it first set sail in 1796 from the harbor of the John Street Methodist Church in New York City. We gathered and praised God for the safe arrival at the port of the 50th Session of the General Conference.

Kelcy Steele ~ Prayer, Protest & Protection: A Call Back to a Lost Art

Much of the time, officers do exactly what they are supposed to do, and for this we can be grateful.
But they are armed. And the weapons they carry can easily kill people. This means that police officers must be trained to be extraordinarily disciplined in their perceptions of situations and people, and extraordinarily restrained in their use of deadly force. Otherwise the power they have to protect the innocent becomes a power to destroy the innocent.