Greetings and Happy Easter from the Miller family.
We are truly humbled and extremely excited that God has called us to be a part of the Forest Park faith community, and we are looking forward to July when we can be with you full-time.
My husband and I very much enjoyed meeting and talking with the Staff Parish Committee in February. We look for-ward to meeting each and every one of you. As we have looked forward to coming to Forest Park, we have begun praying through the church directory, inviting the Lord to cover each family and person with his grace, peace and hope. We hope that when we arrive, each of you will have felt those blessings.
I come to you from an Associate Pastor position in Greensboro, North Carolina. At my current church, I direct the communication ministry and oversee the ministry to families and children. Prior to that, I was the Executive Di-rector of Student Services at John Wesley University and served as Chaplain of the university. I have also served as the pastor of UMC churches in Bluffton, Celina and Perry Township in Ohio. The Lima area stole my heart when I first started out in ministry, and I am thrilled to be coming back.
Alongside me in ministry is my husband Bryant. He will be taking a position as a high school Government teacher and football coach in the Bath School District this coming year. Together, we have four children—Max, 8; Mikah, 5; Malachi, 1; Maylee, 3 months. We believe that one of the gifts we bring to you is that of our family. We have always believed that our family, as a whole, is in ministry, and we tend to function that way. It has been a great blessing to watch our oldest children live into that reality for themselves.
As I look back over my ministries, there have been some clear passions that have risen to the surface, and which I also bring to Forest Park. The first is prayer. I don't believe any church will move with the leading of the Holy Spirit apart from fervent prayer. I believe wholeheartedly in creating space in the church building just for prayer as well as empowering the prayer warriors in the church to lead the way into ministry just like the priests led the nation of Israel toward the Promised Land.
Secondly, I have a heart for equipping families to disciple children and youth. I get really excited about new and creative ways to partner parents, grandparents and guardians with their children in growing toward Christ. Third, I believe every ministry is care ministry. Everything we do is about creating and building relationships with Christ and connecting peo-ple in community.
I absolutely cannot wait to hear about your passions and see what the Lord has done and will do in and through Forest Park. I hope you will share your testimonies with me as we get to know each other.
Until we meet in the coming days and months, I continue to pray for you and look forward with hope and excitement.
Pastor Kim Miller