Irene Steele was Rayford Steele's wife before the rapture. She met Rayford during their college years as ROTC officers. During this marriage she gave birth to Rayford's daughter Chloe and his son Raymie. Both Irene and Rayford attended a Christian church prior to New Hope Village Church, where she and Raymie became true believers. Irene tried to get Rayford to attend this church, but Rayford found it too challenging and thus kept finding excuses to avoid attending. At a women's Bible study, she tried to help Amanda White come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and even prayed for her when she herself was raptured. After her return with the rest of the saints in heaven, Irene worked with Rayford in his ministry in Egypt when it suffered punishment from God for failing to attend the Feast Of Tabernacles in Israel during the Millennial Kingdom period.
In Left Behind: The Movie and Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Irene was played by Christie MacFayden.