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Phone: (210) 688-3090


Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30-5:00 and Friday 8:30-3:00.

Mailing Address: 9944 Leslie Road San Antonio, TX 78254

We are located at loop 1604 and Braun Rd

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Chaplain Earl Milbrath (Visitation Pastor)

Chaplain Earl William "Bill" Milbrath accepted Zion’s call as Visitation Pastor in December 1983 and served in that position until April 1985.

Born June 13, 1924, in Cashmere, Washington, Chaplain Milbrath is the son of Earl Edwin Milbrath and Rachel Weber.  He graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Pacific Lutheran University, Parkland, Washington in 1948 and from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio with a Master of Divinity Degree in 1952.  He was ordained a pastor of the American Lutheran Church at Grace Lutheran Church, Cashmere, Washington in June of that year.  He also holds a Texas Teacher Certificate from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Texas.

Miss Annie Mann became his wife on 16 June 1946.  They were married in Rose Hill Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia.  They have two sons, Earl William, Jr. And Timothy Odell and a daughter Cynthia Ann Stigall.

Chaplain Milbrath was a pastoral intern at Grace Lutheran Church, Miami Springs, Florida during 1950 and 1951.  After his ordination he served as Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Toppenish, Washington until 1955 when he was appointed Chaplain in the U. S. Air Force.

During his career with the Air Force he served in many locations in the United States and around the world in such capacities as Director of Religious Education at Yokota Air Base, Japan;  Flightline Visitation Pastor at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware and head of the Basic Training Chapel at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

He also served as Mayor of the RAF Upper-Heyford (England) military community;  Chaplain to the Civil Air Patrol at Dover Air Force Base and was on the board of directors of Halfway House for Alcoholics in Dover, Delaware.

Chaplain Milbrath entered the Chaplaincy as a First Lieutenant and during more than 27 years service, received numerous awards and decorations from Combat Infantry Badge to three Meritorious Service Medals.  He retired from the U. S. Air Force in 1980 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  Chaplain and Mrs. Milbrath joined Zion Lutheran Church in 1980 and are active members of the congregation.

He served as chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, a position he held from 1984 until 19--.