Finding the Church | A Personal Memoir (Steckel)

Finding the Church | A Personal Memoir (Steckel)

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In 2009, Clyde J. Steckel, a leading ecclesiologist in the United Church of Christ, wrote the book, New Ecclesiology and Polity: United Church of Christ (The Pilgrim Press), intending to spark discussion in particular around ecclesiology—what is believed about the church. The book was well received, but left Steckel feeling that he had more to say about the church. He decided a less theological and scholarly approach—personal memoir—would give him this opportunity.

Finding the Church: A Personal Memoir is, says Steckel, “a nuanced narrative about my life in the church, how I found the church, how the church found me, and how I came to love the church.”

Readers will travel with the author as he recounts the key times in his life when he either found the church or the church found him:

  • During Early Years
  • In Adolescence and Beyond
  • In College and Chosen Vocation
  • At Seminary and in My First Call
  • During College Chaplaincy
  • With Campus Ministry
  • On the Seminary Faculty and Administration
  • In Retirement

Steckel’s hope for readers: “As you follow my life path finding the church and being found by the church, I hope you will be encouraged to frame your own religious story in ways you might not have imagined before.”


Clyde J. Steckel
is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and is Emeritus Professor of Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the author of New Ecclesiology and Polity: United Church of Christ (The Pilgrim Press, 2009).

Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
Pub date: September 2017
120 pages, 5.5" x 8.5"
ISBN 978-0-8298-2041-6