Valetta Steel Crumley
Valetta Steel Crumley, a missionary with One Mission Society, has served in a variety of capacities since joining the mission in 1959. Prior to her Taiwan appointment in 1982, Valetta coordinated a successful home meeting ministry and was in demand as a speaker. Currently, she serves as a mentor, a promoter of books, and a leader of prayer groups.
In Taiwan, Valetta was heard daily over the Chung-Tai English radio broadcast and edited the Chung-Tai English/Chinese magazine. She also assisted in the coordination of English language ministries, which serve more than 1,000 students annually through the OMS Good News English Night School, evangelistic camps, Sunday rallies, Upper Room discipleship meetings and home Bible studies.
Valetta attended Spring Arbor Junior College and then married Henry Steel, a young pastor who fought a courageous but losing battle with Hodgkin’s disease. (His life story, Under Sentence of Death, is now in its ninth printing.) The Steels had three children, the first of whom died at age two of leukemia. In 1972, Valetta’s two teenagers, both dynamic Christians, were killed in an auto accident. Turning her loneliness and heartache into a springboard, Valetta has ministered to thousands. Her life story is told in her book, Another Valley, Another Victory, Another Love, which is available through the OMS bookroom, PO Box A, Greenwood, IN 46142. It has been printed in English, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Creole and several other languages. In September 1994, Valetta married Dr. A. F. Crumley, M.D., who served as a medical volunteer (1983, ’84, ’87, ’94, and ’96) at WGM’s Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. Since their marriage, they have ministered together in 22 countries.
Valetta is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis with a B.G.S. degree. In 1986, she completed her master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Azusa Pacific University, and in June 1997, she completed an M.A. in religion, with a concentration in missions, from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.