Ginghamsburg Church Names New Senior Pastor
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TIPP CITY - It is with great excitement that we welcome the next Senior Pastor of Ginghamsburg Church. Led by the guiding of the Holy Spirit, the West Ohio UMC cabinet has recommended, our Church Board has accepted and our Bishop has appointed Pastor Dennis Miller to be our next visionary leader. He will be joining the team on Aug. 1 of this year.

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Here's a bit about Pastor Miller, pictured here with his wife, Rachel

 

   Touched by the grace of God and called to pastoral ministry as a teenager, Dennis’s greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and helping them become fully devoted followers. Dennis believes that ministry is a team sport.

 

   Dennis was born and raised in Zanesville, Ohio. He met his wife, Rachel, at Asbury Theological Seminary. In August, they will celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. Rachel is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and for 15 years served as Vice President of Commercial Lending and Church Services at The United Methodist Financial Credit Union. She is currently the Chairperson for the Division of Deacons of the West Ohio Conference and is a clergy delegate for the upcoming General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Dennis has spent several years as Lead Pastor of The Purple Door Church - a multi-site, bilingual United Methodist congregation consisting of 1,200 Christ-followers located on two campuses (Grove City and Columbus).

From 2014 to 2021, Dennis served as the Foothills District Superintendent of The West Ohio Conference. In this position, Dennis provided leadership and spiritual oversight to 172 congregations consisting of approximately 15,000 United Methodists in southeastern Ohio.

 

   Dennis is an encourager and a people-oriented leader who has a passion for developing leaders and teams. Through Christ-centered collaborative leadership, he led both Grove City UMC and Piqua Grace UMC into new seasons of ministry fruitfulness and growth, resulting in the highest attendance and missional impact of both congregation’s histories. Dennis has shared motivational messages in a wide variety of settings, including churches, camps, service clubs, local radio & television, and has opened the Ohio House of Representatives in prayer. In addition to his work in the local church, Dennis has served as an adjunct faculty member in the doctoral program at United Theological Seminary (2003-2006), a coach and instructor for West Ohio’s Missional Church Consultation Initiative (2015-2021) and authored one book, The Athenian Method: Culturally Relevant Preaching for the 21st Century (2001).  

   Dennis has a heart for world missions. He has traveled and led multiple teams to Central and South America and southeast Asia. He is also an avid long-distance motorcyclist. In 2018, Dennis became one of the first motorcyclists in North America to ride on Canada’s most northern, new all-season gravel road to the Arctic Ocean. He has also led seven motorcycle mission trips to Vietnam, ministering in over 40 of their 58 provinces and providing over 100 motorcycles to Vietnamese United Methodist pastors.

   Be in prayer for Dennis and Rachel as they take a breath between appointments. On August 1, let’s welcome the Millers with love.