Rev. Shanna Steitz

Rev. Shanna Steitz (she/her) is a person of deep prayer, big love, and spirit-filled intentionality.  She is thrilled to serve in shared leadership with the people of Community as Senior Minister.  

Rev. Shanna is from a wide spot in the road in rural Missouri and while she grew up in a supportive (and progressive) small country church, she never imagined herself in congregational ministry. When she enrolled in Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, she had spent several years in university fundraising. She imagined returning to a college town after Brite and teaching wide eyed undergrads. However, the Spirit had other ideas.  


While at TCU, Shanna met her husband Ryan, also an ordained Disciples minister who now teaches eighth grade social studies. Just as she didn't imagine actually being a minister she certainly didn't imagine being a clergy couple! But they have had an amazing adventure serving separate congregations in Fort Worth, Texas and then together at First Christian Church, Macon, MO and First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, CA.


Shanna and Ryan are parents to Jacob and Audrey and live with their rescue dog, Otis. The Steitz's love cheering on all the Kansas City sports teams, exploring the National Parks, spending summer days in Ouray, CO, and eating whatever fabulous food Mr. Steitz is cooking!

"Community allows me to be my most authentic self, while at the same time always challenging me to be better and praying for me to be all that God is calling me to be."

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