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David Steele (2 November 1803 – 29 June 1887) was an Presbyterian minister. He was born in Upper Creevagh, Donegal, Ireland and educated at Londonderry. In 1824 he emigrated to the United States, where he attended the Western University of Pennsylvania, then pursued postgraduate studies in theology. In 1830 he was licensed by the Pittsburgh Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.[1] In 1840 he protested and separated from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, along with fellow minister Robert Lusk and elders William McKinley, William Wylie and Nathan Johnston, on the grounds that the RPCNA had "corrupted the doctrines and worship, and prostituted the government and discipline of the house of God".[2]. They formed the Reformed Presbytery. He served churches in Ohio and Illinois and Pennsylvania, and died in Philadelphia. His church survives tenuously, without ordained ministers, as the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Covenanted[3] also known as the "Steelites," a term also used to describe later secessions from the RPCNA that were in part inspired by Steele, including the Reformed Presbytery in North America[4] and the Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian Church.[5]

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