Meet the Clergy, Musician and Church Trustees who guide Emmanuel Church with their gifts of grace, spirit and creativity.


the reverend luther zeigler, minister

The Reverend Luther Zeigler has been the Minister of Emmanuel since Easter 2012.  Prior to Emmanuel Church, Luther served as the Episcopal Chaplain to Harvard University, where he was affiliated with Christ Church Cambridge. When he is not serving Emmanuel, Luther is affiliated with nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms.


Luther served for many years as a school chaplain, 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 consults for the Diocese of Massachusetts regarding its Episcopal schools.

Luther is 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, and Y2Y Harvard Square, a homeless shelter for youth organized and run by Harvard College students.



Oberlin College, B.A.
Stanford University, M.A., J.D.
Virginia Theological Seminary, M.Div



Anglican Theological Review
Oxford’s Oral History Review
Reasons for Being: The Character and Culture of Episcopal Schools


Priscilla walter


Priscilla has served as organist/choir director at Trinity Luther Church, Milford, CT; Congregational Church, Essex; St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gloucester; Congregational Church of Topsfield; Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church, Ipswich. In recent years she has served as interim director of music at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms and interim organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, N.H.

She had a private piano studio for 15 years and accompanied in the Essex Voice Studio of Margot Warner for 20 years. Her extensive work as accompaniest includes the Methuen Young Peoples Theater at the Methuen Music Hall, Newburyport Choral Society, and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus.

Priscilla has lived in Essex since 1978 with her husband, the Rev. Ralph Walter, Jr., who is retired after 40 years of ministry in the Lutheran Church (ELCA). They have two sons, Christopher and Adam.



Scott McDougal, M.D.
Susan potter
Michael chapman

The church is guided and legally governed by elected Trustees who each serve four-year, staggered terms, with the possibility of being re-elected to one additional four-year term. The Trustees in turn are advised by a Church Council, also elected, and several ex officio officers who serve as Altar Guild, Secretary, Treasurer, Archivist, and Memorial Garden Chair.

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