Lewistown CMA welcomes Miller

New pastor of family ministries to push for community outreach

Sentinel photo by ERIN  THOMPSON Lewistown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church welcomed Bill Miller to its congregation earlier this summer. Miller will serve as pastor of family ministries.

LEWISTOWN — Pastor Bill Miller traveled a great distance to work with youth in Mifflin County.

Originally from northwest Ohio, Miller moved to Lewistown in June from Qingdao, China, where he taught Bible classes studies to high school students.

He is now serving as the new pastor of family ministries for Lewistown Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Living and teaching in another country, he said, gave him the unique opportunity to view things from a different perspective.

“I had students from many different backgrounds which made me think about things in a different way,” he said. “It also helped me adapt. Even though this is America, I’ve never been to Pennsylvania before and it is different than other places I have lived.”

Miller and his family lived in China for two years. Before that, he taught Bible classes at an Indonesian school, then served as a youth pastor in Thomasville, North Carolina.

While at Lewistown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Miller says he wants to be outreach oriented.

“I want to try to reach out to our community and let them know God loves them. We want to help parents to be the best parents they can, as God called them to be.”

Since arriving in Lewistown in June, Miller says he and his family have felt welcomed by the church community.

“They’ve done a good job at plugging us in to the community,” he said.

Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies at Toccoa Falls — North Georgia Christian College and a Master’s in religious education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Miller lives in Lewistown with his wife, Courtney, and three kids, Quinn, 12, Zoe, 8 and Malachai, 3. Their children will attend Mifflin County School District in the fall.

Services at Lewistown Christian Missionary Alliance, 50 Hudson Avenue, Lewistown, are held at 10:45 a.m. Sundays. For more information on the church, email lewistowncma@comcast.net call (717) 248-6369 or visit lewistowncma.com.