First Baptist Church Dickson
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Dr. Michael D. Miller
 
The church elected Miller, a long-time interim pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention and a former publishing execuive, by written ballot in the two morning worship services Aug. 25. Two weeks before, a seven-member pastor search committee had presented Miller's name to the congregation as the one God had chosed to lead them.
First Baptist Church Dickson is the largest Christian congregation in Dickson County with more than 1,000 in worship services weekly and around 950 in weekly Sunday School classes.
While interims normally aren't considered for the permanent position, search committee members asked Miller during the search process if he wanted to be considered, only to have Miller tell them "No, God has called me to be an interim."
In a church-wide question and answer session the week before the vote, Miller told the congregation God changed his heart last December, directing him to return to full-time work with a congregation. Not knowing if First Baptist Church would call him as pastor, Mike and his wife stepped out on faith. He quit his job with The Navigators, sold their home in Colorado Springs and moved to Dickson, "to await God's next assignment for us."
The seach committee was deeply into its winnowing of candidates from the more than 400 who applied to four or five who each would have made great senior pastors, according to seach committee Chair Bobby Hargrove.
"Initailly we thought, 'How are we going to choose between these great candidates?' then as we prayed we were assured God would pick. And He did," Hargrove said.
Miller was serving his second stint as First Baptist's interim pastor after the resignation in February 2012 of former pastor Dr. Jim Chatham (Miller served as First Baptist's interim in 1997). Most recently Miller was president of NavPress Publishing, the publishing division of The Navigators, an international Christian organization based in Colorado Springs, Co., that focuses on teaching discipleship principles.
Miller said his focus as senior pastor will be "leading First Baptist Dickson to follow Jesus and serve our community in His name." Church members already have ingrained Miller's oft-repeated phrase: "Be Jesus to someone."
Miller calls himself a conservative who has a heart for those often ignored by society - "those who are least and in need of help, care and compassion." He has jump-started several initiatives-boosting the education program of the church and leading the search to fill a couple of staff vacancies. He'll present a two-year ministry plan to the congregation at its Sept. 15 worship services.
Over his 35 years in Ministry, Miller has served on the church staffs of 11 congregations in Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Florida, California and Oklahoma, his home state. He's also done Southern Baptist denominational work in Tennessee and California. He's a native of Oklahoma.
For 12 years, Miller was vice president of sales and marketing for LifeWay Church Resources in Nashville. Along the way, he's maintained a management consulting business and he founded the first Christian social media site GodTube, a video sharing platform offering online Christian videos with faith-based, family friendly content.
He has reorganized churches, led major strategic planning processes, building projects, capital campaigns and led and managed ministries and outreach as diverse as youth, a homeless shelter, a crisis pregnancy center and a church-affiliated college.
He's the author of six books.
Miller holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Region from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK; a master's in divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX; a Master's in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University, in Dallas, TX; and a doctorate of ministry from Talbot School of Theology within Biola University in La Miranda, CA.
Miller is married to Patricia Green Miller, a native of Indiana. They both accepted Jesus as their Savior as children and have been life-long Southern Baptists. They have an adult son and daughter and one grandson.
Pat Miller has worked in ministry by her husband's side throughout their 36-year marriage. The couple met in college at Oklahoma Baptist University. She was a school teacher for more than 25 years, teaching primary through high school grades. She has been a summer missionary, served as a Sunday School teacher, has led vacation Bible schools, served as a theological seminary trustee and on publishing advisory teams for LifeWay and Thomas Nelson publishing on chidren's curriculum.
 
You may contact him through his e-mail at mmiller@fbcdickson.org or by contacting the church office at 615-446-4640.