St. Luke Anglican Church
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Evangelical * Sacramental * Spirit-Filled

The Rt. Rev'd Donald E. Miles - Founding Pastor &  Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of St. Stephen the Martyr

Phone: (502) 231-1326

Bishop Don is the founding pastor of St. Stephen Church. A Louisville native,  he undertook education for ministry through the University of the South and was ordained to the Diaconate in 1984 (Bp. David Reed, ECUSA - Diocese of Kentucky). After watching a decade of assaults on the historic faith and order of the church within ECUSA, as well as increasing opposition to the prolife movement, Dn. Don was asked to start a prayer group in his home. Within weeks, St. Stephen Church was born and began looking for a way to unite with likeminded Christians.

The Charismatic Episcopal Church (CEC) welcomed St. Stephen Church, and Dn. Don received the Priesthood  in 1995 (Bp. Randolph Sly, CEC Central Eastern Diocese). As the CEC grew, Fr. Don was elected a bishop and consecrated as the Auxiliary Bishop in 2000 (Bp. Fred Fick, CEC Great Lakes Province; co-consecrators were Bp. Doug Woodall, Bp. John Holloway & Bp. Rick Painter). 

A crisis in leadership led a large number of clergy and people departing from the CEC, including the Great Lakes Province. Bp. Don continued to provide episcopal protection to the clergy & churches seeking to affiliate in a new way. Some went to the AMiA. Others joined continuing Anglican churches. Still others created a small college of bishops (the Communion of Christ the Redeemer), praying for God to bring about unity among the faithful orthodox Anglicans.

Within two years, that prayer has been answered. The Communion of Christ the Redeemer, already a member of Forward in Faith (FiF-NA), is now reuniting to the Anglican Communion through various jurisdictions in ACNA. Churches and clergy under Bps. Don and Bp. Richard Lipka are now part of the FiF-NA Missionary Diocese of All Saints. As part of rejoining the mainstream of Anglicanism in America, Bp. Don passed on his apostolic lineage as one of the co-consecrators of the first ACNA bishop, the Rt. Rev'd William Ilgenfritz. Bp. Don, having shepherded the faithful under him into the wider pasture of the Anglican Church in North America, is transitioning to retirement and continues his episcopal ministry as a bishop emeritus.

Bp. Don has been married to Patricia for thirty-four years. They have four children, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.