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Well-known author, preacher, professor Calvin Miller dies at 75comment (0)

August 20, 2012

Well-known author, preacher, professor Calvin Miller dies at 75

Well-known author, preacher and teacher Calvin A. Miller died Aug. 19 of heart failure following an Aug. 9 heart surgery. A retired full-time professor at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Miller most recently served as distinguished professor and writer in residence. He also co-taught a Bible study class at NorthPark Baptist Church, Trussville, where he was a member and served in supply preaching roles in churches across the state and was a popular speaker at a variety of faith-based events.

Miller earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla., in 1958, and a master of divinity and doctor of ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

He served as pastor for five years at Plattsmouth Baptist Church, Plattsmouth, Neb., and then 25 years at Westside Church, Omaha, Neb. In 1991 Miller joined the faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

At Beeson, Miller was the professor of preaching and pastoral ministry from 1999 to 2007 when he became distinguished professor and writer in residence.

Miller was the author of more than 40 books including The Singer, Letters to a Young Pastor, The Empowered Communicator, Marketplace Preaching, The Sermon Maker, O Shepherd Where Art Thou? and Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition. His latest book was Letters to Heaven.

Beeson’s Dean Timothy George said Miller brought to his work “a lifetime of experience as a pastor, poet, evangelist, apologist, artist and writer of renown.”

“Calvin Miller had a palpable love for Jesus Christ and his church and he will be greatly missed both here at Beeson and throughout the body of Christ,” George said.

NorthPark Baptist Pastor Bill Wilks tweeted following Miller's death: "We lost a great one today. Author, preacher, teacher, Dr. Calvin Miller went home to the Lord. He was a great friend. He will be missed."

Miller is survived by his wife, Barbara Joyce, and two children. 

Visitation is set for Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5 to 7 p.m. in the chapel at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens in the Trussville area (1591 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35235; 205-322-0543)

The funeral service is set for Wednesday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. at NorthPark Baptist Church (5700 Deerfoot Parkway, Trussville, AL 35173; 205-228-0030).


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