By Ardyce Curl

Sandy and John Steele both grew up in United Methodist churches. They began attending People’s in March 2016.

“We were new to Kalamazoo and we were looking for a UU church,” John said.

“Our daughter and granddaughters attend and we had visited the bazaar,” Sandy said.

She added, “We were looking to meet people, form relationships, become involved in the community and find spiritual enrichment. We’ve found all of these things.”

John said “We’ve found People’s Church to be very warm and welcoming and it shares our values for diversity and inclusion.”

Sandy said, I’m still figuring out the source of religious wisdom for me, but I find Rachel’s sermons, the readings and music nurturing.”

“We became involved in several activities quickly,” John said. He is on the finance committee and says he’s willing to help on the work crews.

Sandy has helped with the bazaar, assisted with RE and served as a stewardship ambassador. She enjoys reading historical fiction, biographies and autobiographies.  She also enjoys illustrated journaling and said she wants to experience more forms of art classes when she has time.

Both Sandy and John enjoy music and may be interested in joining the choir and/or the bell choir.

John said, “I like all kinds of music: folk, gospel, rock, blues, jazz and classical, I play guitar in many styles and I can play baritone horn for brass ensembles and classical music.  I’ve spoken with our new music director about getting involved in something.”

John is also a MHSAA basketball referee.


(Sandy, 64, is a vocational rehabilitation consultant.  John, 67,  is a retired accountant. Their daughter, Jenny Henley and granddaughters Lily and Evelyn (EVY) attend People’s. Son, John Mackey (Mac) lives in Chicago with his partner Tim.)

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