Rev. Dr. Heike Miller was appointed to University UMC in July of 2018. She was originally ordained in the German State Church (Evangelische Landeskirche in Deutschland) and became an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2019. Her training includes leading groups to address issues of piety, justice, compassion, and mercy as well as directing education and advocacy to alleviate those issues. Her special interest is in mission to the poor, underprivileged and disadvantaged whereby a platform is provided to enable individuals and groups to lead an abundant life, become self-sufficient, self-sustaining and to obtain an effective voice for their issues.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany she spent her childhood and adolescence in the Southern Part of the Black Forest, where the Kuckoo Clocks are made and kids ride their skis to school in winter. After graduating from High School in Donaueschingen she served a volunteer in nursing homes in Heidelberg. She studied theology at the University of Heidelberg, Edinburgh in Scotland and Bern, Switzerland, was ordained in the Evangelische Landeskirche in Baden one of the two main “denominations of the German system (Catholic and Protestant. Baden has its roots in the Lutheran, Reformed and pietistic traditions) and served as a pastor at the Lake of Constance, Heidelberg and in the Ortenau. Additional training in Group dynamics and mediation followed and Miller became the leader of the church funded telephone crisis hotline. She received her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in DC on the Holy Spirit’s role in training pastors for ministry.
After marrying George Miller, they moved to Puerto Rico, where George worked for the US government. Rev. Miller served as the coordinator for religious Education for the military family at Fort Buchanan. Miller then, for the following 11 years, in several churches of UMC in the US, among them the United Church/Vereinigte Kirche in downtown Washington DC, Anthony and La Mesa and St. James-Myrtle in the El Paso area. She also taught Religion at the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, where George Miller was chaplain and Vice President for Religious Affairs after changing his career to the ministry. At LPI she founded and lead the UMW Teen Unit with girls from LPI.
The Millers served the last 6 years in churches in Germany, George as a missionary of GBGM and coordinator for migrant and international ministries, Heike in the state church in Schopfheim with 4,000 members and the Church of the Caller circuit of the UMC in Frankfurt, a two point charge with a small church in rural setting and a multicultural church in the hot-spots of migration in Frankfurt.
The Millers have two boys, Lukas and Johannes and four grown children from George’s former marriage George, William, Sara and Caroline. They love to travel, be outside in nature, enjoy the variety of cultures and love the movies.
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