Dennis Miller has been senior pastor of Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.) since 1989. During that time, attendance has grown from about 100 to over 1800. Emmanuel has emphasized discipleship training and Scriptural knowledge under the banner “His Word, Our Walk.”
He grew up in a United Brethren pastor’s home, the son of Bishop C. Ray and Elaine Miller. Denny graduated from Huntington University in 1976, from the HU Graduate School of Christian Ministries in 1978, and from Evangelical Seminary in 1983. He was ordained in 1978.
Denny’s pastoral experience started with nine years in Chambersburg, Pa.–two years as associate pastor of King Street Church, 1978-1980, followed by seven years as senior pastor of Mount Pleasant Church. Twice, he served at the National Office—1976-1978 as assistant editor of publications, and 1987-1989 as associate director of Church Services.
He has served in many other roles, including the Executive Leadership Team, cluster leader, director of the cluster, and director of Pastoral Studies at Huntington University. He also wrote the Grow in the Word discipleship materials used by many United Brethren churches.
He and his wife, Karin, have two grown children, Christy and Nate, both of whom live in the Fort Wayne area.