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Emmanuel’s Pastor: The Rev. Chris Milarch

The pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in State College, PA, is the Reverend Chris Milarch, of Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. Pastor Milarch was born in Detroit, Michigan. Ordained into the ministry in 1980, he has served congregations in Wellsboro, Lock Haven, and Avis, all in PA. After serving part-time and full-time churches, he became a school teacher in 1996. Pr. Milarch retired from the ministry in 2012 and from teaching in 2016. However, he came out of retirement to serve Emmanuel. His hobbies include woodworking and crossword puzzles. Chris is married to Laura Milarch; he is a father and a 5- time grandfather. 

Pastor Milarch’s Statements of Faith:

I believe in God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe that God has created us and all that exists. I believe that Jesus Christ gave his life to redeem us and was raised from the dead so that we might have new life. I believe that the Holy Spirit enables us to put our trust in God, even as the Spirit gathers believers into Christ’s body, the Church. I believe we are saved by grace through faith in our loving God.

I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the final authority for faith and life.   Viewed as a unity, the Bible announces to me God’s judgment on sin and God’s forgiveness in Christ (Law and Gospel).

I believe that Jesus Christ instituted the sacraments to bring us to faith and to strengthen our faith. Through Baptism, God made us his children and members of his church, as St. Peter says, “Baptism now saves you” (1 Peter 3.21). Through Holy Communion, God provides forgiveness, life and salvation, strengthening our faith and connecting us to himself and to other believers.

I believe that the mission of the church is to praise God in worship, to bear witness to his love, and to serve him and his people. As St. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life” (Ephesians 2.8-10).


Pastor Milarch’s past sermons are worth listening to! To hear his sermons from the current month, click here. For previous months, click on our sermon archives.