Steele, James

PM local preacher, who had been local preacher, class leader, Sunday School superintendent, trustee and Chapel Steward at Wesley Place WM chapel, Tunstall in the Burslem Circuit. He was highly respected inn the town, but coming into direct conflict over Methodist law and usage, he left the WM society, taking with him a large proportion of both the members and the Sunday school.

His name appears as No.2 on the first Tunstall PM plan in 1811. Now associating with Bourne and Clowes, in 1812 he became one of the first Primitive Methodist stewards, when it was decided to give financial support to the promoters of the newly formed 'Society of the Primitive Methodists'.

In 1827 Hugh Bourne conducted his memorial service at Tunstall.