Meet Harold S. Miller
At age 98, Harold S. Miller, GBI 1956, is still active and engaged in ministry. After graduating from the seminary, he and his late wife, Muriel, enjoyed a long and fruitful ministry serving town and country churches in the Iowa Conference.
When it came time for retirement, they moved back to Jackson, Michigan, Harold’s hometown. For many years they enjoyed traveling to visit friends and relatives, especially their daughter and granddaughters in Florida. But then a friend who knew of Harold’s musical talent alerted him to a nearby church’s need for an organist. Harold agreed to fill in until they could find a permanent replacement; nineteen years later, he is still “filling in.”
Each Sunday, he drives 11 miles to the village of Brooklyn where he serves as organist for the All Saints Episcopal Church. In the past, he also directed their choir. He still enjoys leading the congregation in singing the great old hymns of Christian faith and teaching them new ones as well.
Though a knee replacement surgery a few years ago slowed him down some, he still moves about confidently on a walker in his home and using walking sticks elsewhere. He hopes to continue at least for another three years until his 100th birthday, when his driver’s license will next be up for renewal. At that point, he relates with a warm smile and a hearty laugh, “I had better retire from both music ministry and driving!”
Harold remembers his years at the seminary with deep gratitude for “a liberal education.” Among his beloved professors were Georgia Harkness and Rocky Smith. In deep appreciation for the education and training that served him so well across his long career, Harold gives generously to the Annual Fund. For many years he has given monthly by means of an automatic withdrawal from his checking account.
Harold believes in the importance of preparing “bold, skilled, and articulate leaders” for the church he loves and still serves with a deep commitment. That’s why he finds so much satisfaction in assisting others with the kind of education that blessed him so deeply.