Rev. Lillian Miles PicAdjunct Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry

Dr. Miles teaches Spiritual Formation EDU 11.

"My approach to teaching Spiritual Formation is from a religious/spiritual yet practical perspective. The goal is to foster within each student a deeper relationship with God; and the ability to facilitate spiritual renewal and constancy in discipleship ministry.  Attention is given to the spiritual disciplines, prayer, sacred text, readings and discussions, character, and maintaining intentionality in leading from the heart and mind."  

Dr. Miles is trained in Clinical Pastoral Education and has worked as a Pastoral Clinician since 1994.  Her CPE training took place at the St. Luke Roosevelt hospital with a residency at New York and Memorial-Slone Kettering Hospitals. She retired from her position as Director of the Pastoral Care Department at Metropolitan Hospital in 2013. In collaboration with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy and various Seminaries she implemented a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at Metropolitan Hospital.  As the CPE Supervisor she trained Seminary students, hospital social workers, and other ministers and religious leaders in Clinical Pastoral Education.  Dr. Miles has served as a member of the Bio-ethics committee and as the official Chaplain for New York City Health and Hospitals’ Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Council.

Rev. Dr. Miles is a native New Yorker and an Associate Pastor at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, NY. She currently heads the “Breaking the Silence Ministry.” This ministry deals with issues regarding gender equality in the pulpit through hosting educational forums and conferences. 

Dr. Miles is a graduate of New York Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in collaboration with The Religious Organization for Reproductive Choice awarded her the Black Church Initiative fellow to study Spirituality and Health with a focus on“Sexuality and Spirituality and the Black Church.” She received her D. Min from United Seminary in 2003. She has participated in and facilitated Teen workshops at the Annual Sexuality and Spirituality Summit at Howard University in Washington D.C. and under the Pastorate of Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker she implemented a program for Teens and Youth Leaders on Sexuality and Spirituality at Canaan Baptist Church. Dr. Miles received her BA from Marymount Manhattan College with a dual major in theatre and education.  She has studied Business Education and did graduate work in Creative Writing and Communication at City College and New York University.

Dr. Miles is a Diplomate with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), Board Certified Chaplain and Counselor and a Clinical Member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) She presently serves as treasure of the South Harlem chapter of CPSP. Her ecclesial endorsements are with the National Baptist convention and the City Council of Churches.

Before Pastoral Ministry, Dr. Miles taught Junior-High, High School and Adult Education in both the public and private sectors and has coordinated an adult employment training program (Project Find) in contract with the New York City Department of Employment for eight years. She has also taught human-relations and personality development.


  • Master of Divinity: New York Theological Seminary
  • D.Min: United Seminary


  • Spiritual Formation EDU 11