The 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.
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 serves on the Boards of many nonprofit organizations, including Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association, the umbrella organization that houses the University’s public service and social justice programs, as well as Bethany House of Prayer, a center for spiritual direction and religious retreat. He was also on the founding Advisory Board 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 37 years and have two adult daughters, Kate and Ann. Kate and her husband, Hunter, live in Manchester. Ann and her husband, Justin, live in Wellesley, with their son, Jack.