Remembering Pastor Alan Miller

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God.  Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”
– Hebrews 13:7, ESV
Today—May 11, 2017—marks the two-year anniversary of our former pastor Alan G. Miller’s entrance into glory.  From a human perspective, Pastor Miller’s death was sudden and deeply painful.  It was a Monday—a day when pastor loved to play golf and ride
his motorcycle—when, not far from his home, a bus pulled out in front of Alan and ushered him into the glorious presence of our heavenly Father.  This moment which from one perspective seemed so painful was also a precious moment in God’s sight.  The psalmist writes, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Ps. 116:15).  Alan’s last breath on earth was immediately followed by the awesome sight of the Lord Jesus Christ in eternity.  And, it was on account of this comforting truth that so many of us were able to rejoice in God’s faithfulness and goodness during such a tragic time (cf. 1 Thess. 4:13).

 

The writer of Hebrews admonished us to: “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God,” he adds, “…consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith” (Heb. 13:7).  Alan Miller was the kind of man who, after meeting him, was
hard to forget.  He made an impression on virtually everyone he came into contact with.  Even though I didn’t know Pastor Alan very well at the time, I remember the way he made young pastors like myself feel, like we had a seat at the proverbial table of ministry.
He noticed people and took the time to make others feel important.  While it might be true that Pastor Alan had a BIG personality and strong opinions which made things…let’s say “interesting” from time to time…there was never any doubt that his heart focused on seeking God and the good of his family, his church, and his community.
 
Those who knew him well recognize that Philippians 1:21 was more than memory verse to Alan.  “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”—this was our faithful and beloved pastor’s heartbeat and mission.  Alan lived each day to love Christ and his church by studying and teaching the life-giving word of God.  He made time to invest in young men and set a holy example for others to follow Christ into the world with the Good News about Jesus.  And, having lived for the glory of Christ during his 50+ years of life, Alan gained the crown of eternal life upon his death leaving a legacy of rich teaching behind him at Trinity.
 
One of the things that Alan Miller strongly believed in was encouraging others to attend conferences and training opportunities to deepen their understanding of God’s word.  Many men, in particular, attended the Shepherds’ Conferences in California, or Together for the Gospel conferences in various locations with Pastor Alan.  Recently, as a way for us to remember this legacy of investing in the training of laymen and laywomen at Trinity, the Board of Elders established the Alan G. Miller Conference Fund.  On May 7th, I announced the establishment of this conference assistance fund to the congregation.  As the church family gives financially in memory of Pastor Alan to this fund, and as others in the congregation take the opportunity to attend God-honoring conferences around the country, I am positive that the legacy of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ which Pastor Alan Miller left among us will be greatly honored.
 

To find out more about the Alan G. Miller Conference Fund, please call or stop by the church office.

 

Pastor Dan