Pastor Wilbert ”Wilk” S. Miller was called as the pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity on April 24, 2016. Prior to coming to Holy Trinity, he served: First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego, California (2005-2016); St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in suburban Ardmore, Pennsylvania (1995-2005); Augustana Lutheran Church in downtown Washington, D.C. (1982-1995); and Calvary Lutheran Church in inner-city West Philadelphia (1977-1982).
Pastor Miller is passionate about rich, contextual worship that informs and strengthens the church’s outreach to the community and world. The congregations he has served have been heavily involved in LGBT concerns; multicultural issues; and significant homeless outreach with feeding programs, medical and legal clinics, and social services.
Pastor Miller grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is a graduate of Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, and Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. His graduate work in worship at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia focused on how the writings of Annie Dillard might inform a liturgical posture.
He has served the greater church in a host of ways as: dean in three synods: chair of the Division for Ministry and the American Missions Task Force; member of two candidacy committees and the board of the ELCA Deaconess Community; and cochair of the synodical Professional Leadership Conference. He has been active in many community groups including faith-based community organizing, chaplain of the volunteer fire department, hospital and nursing home boards, and Rotary International.
Pastor Miller has written sermon articles for a number of theological journals and has spoken twice at the American Academy of Religion: ”Contested Space,” “Religious Advocacy: Homelessness, Public Policy and Faith Communities,” and “Satis Est: Just Bread, Wine, Water, and Words.”
Pastor Miller met his wife, Dagmar, a native of Germany at the Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, in the summer of 1976, when Dagmar was volunteering as a medical student and he was doing Clinical Pastoral Education. The Millers have two grown sons, Sebastian who lives in Philadelphia, and Caspar who lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. Their Boykin Spaniel, Cisco, enjoys regular jaunts in Central Park with his many new friends.