About Craig

Since 1999 Craig Mueller has served as pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church several blocks from Wrigley Field in Chicago’s vibrant and fluid Lakeview neighborhood. The congregation is known for its inclusive welcome, traditional liturgy, progressive theology, and its commitment to both spirituality and social justice.

Mueller is the author of several books, including Any Body There? Worship and Being Human in a Digital Age. In addition, he has published materials and presented workshops in the areas of liturgy, preaching, spirituality, and congregational renewal. In 2013 Craig completed a Doctor of Ministry through an ecumenical program in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He also has a certificate in spiritual direction from the Shalem Institute.

Pastor Mueller grew up in Longmont, Colorado and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in music education. He attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and has served congregations in Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, MO; St. Paul, MN; and Chicago, IL.

Craig provides leadership for the spiritual formation program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, serving as interim professor for the Spiritual Formation course. Since 2000 he has supervised over 40 seminarians as part of their second-year field education. With a commitment to Benedictine spirituality, Craig is an oblate through St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN.

Craig's spouse is Ernest Vasseur and they live in the Edgewater neighborhood and enjoy spending time at their cabin in Wonder Lake, near McHenry, IL. Craig’s other interests include hiking, cycling, running, yoga, reading, cooking, playing the piano, and listening to Bach and Sondheim.

"So if our task is in the world, why go to church? Worship by its very nature teaches us to cast down idols, and perhaps the most dangerous one is a false sense of our own grandeur . . . In other words, worshipping God changes us."
Any Body There, p. 114

© 2017 Craig Mueller