Get to know the People of St. Philip’s!

Fr. Wade A. Miller

Grew up in Wheelersburg, Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Cedarville University and has worked on staff at several parishes as well as serving as a Lutheran Pastor for over nine years. These nine years consisted of serving in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, as well as in Brooklyn, NY for almost six years. Fr. Miller did graduate studies at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL), and Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, PA) before graduating in the spring of 2006 with his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary. He is married and has four children.

Lisa Becksford

(Senior Warden),

A life-long Lutheran and longtime North Carolina resident, stumbled into Anglicanism when she moved to Blacksburg in 2015 to work as a librarian at Virginia Tech. A former college English instructor, Lisa studied at Meredith College, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, attempting various DIY projects, and exploring beautiful southwest Virginia.

Patrick Smith

(Administration and Communications Director)

Raised in the Northern Neck of Virginia Patrick came to the New River Valley for graduate school in 2016. He completed his M.S. in Educational Technology and currently works at Virginia Tech as an IT Technician. He also assists Father Miller as a server during mass. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys bicycling, running hiking, other outdoorsy things, studying theology, and reading books on tech trends, professional development, network engineering, and playing board games with friends.