Clergy

IMG_1612The Reverend Luther Zeigler has been the Minister of Emmanuel since Easter 2012.  Luther is an Episcopal priest who recently stepped down as the Episcopal Chaplain to Harvard University, where he was affiliated with Christ Church Cambridge, the historic Episcopal church on Harvard Square. When he is not serving Emmanuel, Luther is affiliated with nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms.

Prior to his ministry at Harvard, Luther served for many years as a school chaplain across all age groups and grades, including at the St. Alban’s School for Boys in Washington, D.C., the Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, MD, and the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD. He currently consults for the Diocese of Massachusetts regarding its Episcopal schools.

Luther was educated at Oberlin College (B.A.), Stanford University (M.A., J.D.), and Virginia Theological Seminary (M. Div.).  He has published widely on topics of theology and education. His essays have appeared in the Anglican Theological Review, Oxford’s Oral History Review, and in the recent anthology, Reasons for Being: The Character and Culture of Episcopal Schools, published by the National Association of Episcopal Schools.

Luther is also currently Chairman of the Board and President of Bethany House of Prayer, a center for spiritual direction and religious retreat in Arlington, MA. He has  served on the Boards of many other nonprofit organizations in the recent past, including Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association, the umbrella organization that houses the University’s public service and social justice programs, where he was also a founding Advisory Board member of Y2Y Harvard Square, a homeless shelter for youth organized and run by Harvard College students.

In 2014, Luther received the John Hines Preaching Award for excellence in preaching from his alma mater, the Virginia Theological Seminary. The award is given annually for the best sermon preached that year “where the prophetic voice is central to the sermon.”

For many years prior to his ordination, Luther practiced appellate law at a major Washington law firm, where he had an active public service practice, particularly in the areas of civil rights and advocating for the homeless. He served on the Board of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and represented a wide range of pro bono clients, including the Children’s Defense Fund, the Volunteers of America, the NAACP, the Georgetown University Sex Discrimination Clinic, as well as numerous other public interest groups and indigent individuals. Luther’s transition from the law to ministry was featured in the April 2013 issue of the American Lawyer.

Luther and his wife, Pat, have been married for over 38 years and have two adult daughters, Kate and Ann. Kate and her husband, Hunter, live in Manchester, with their daughter, Emerson. Ann and her husband, Justin, live in Wellesley, with their sons, Jack and Ben.  Luther and Pat live in the Parsonage year-round and are enjoying being full-time residents of the North Shore.