Highland Park UMC responds to family’s tragedy


Highland Park United Methodist Church has opened its sanctuary and chapel today for prayers, and will have a special prayer service tonight, following a tragedy involving one of its families.

Police said John Rodman Steele apparently stabbed himself to death after trying to stab his wife, Dina Steele, early Wednesday morning.

The incident has been a big news story locally, given that Mr. Steele was a prominent businessman and the family lives in a $2 million home in Highland Park, one of the country’s most affluent neighborhoods.

Tapes of frantic phone conversations Mrs. Steele and their 16-year-old son had with police during the episode have been part of the news coverage.

Friends of the family expressed shock, with some noting Mr. Steele, 50, was a man of deep Christian faith, and had been active in a Bible study at Highland Park UMC.

The church released the following statement:

“We are deeply, deeply saddened for the entire Steele family. There are many questions still unanswered, but we know that God is with them—and as a body of Christ, we will be also. In times of tragedy, our faith reminds us that nothing can separate us from God’s love.”

The service tonight will begin at 7, in the Highland Park UMC sanctuary.


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