THOUGHTS FROM OUR PASTOR

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign…

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign…

If you’ve ever been on a road trip of any length (even just across town), you surely have noticed that there are signs of all different shapes and sizes directing you to a variety of actions.  Stop. Yield. One Way. Right Turn Only. Detour. Exit Here. Right Lane Ends,...

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God in Our Midst

God in Our Midst

Nearly every morning, my husband Jeff and I watch the KWTX news as part of our morning routine.  One of our favorite parts is the Question of the Day.  We have a contest to see who gets the most answers right.  I’m pretty sure I’m winning.  The questions are fun,...

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Reflecting on Holy Places

As I begin, I want to do so with a question. So…How would you define a sacred or holy place? Before you answer, I do not mean places that Christians go to on a pilgrimage such as the Red Sea where God parted the waters for the Israelites, the city of Bethlehem where...

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Rev Jannette Miller

Rev Jannette Miller

Senior Pastor

I am a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ who wants every person to know and experience God’s redeeming love. I love walking beside people as we grow together in our relationships with God, each other, and the world around us.  I am blessed to lead others in finding and fulfilling their own calling in God’s kingdom.

I truly am blessed to be appointed, as of July 1, 2021, as the Senior Pastor of China Spring UMC.  Prior to my appointment here, I was appointed to extension ministry at Methodist Justice Ministry, part of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, where I served as a non-profit attorney helping families who have experienced family violence or child neglect and abuse.  I previously served as Senior Pastor at Harker Heights United Methodist Church, and before that as Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Temple.  My very first appointment was as a part-time local pastor of Pidcoke United Methodist Church.  Prior to that, I served as a youth director, worship leader, teacher, and clergy-spouse-of-all-trades. J I practiced law from 2002 to 2011 in various types of law, much of which was court-appointed work to help those who could not afford an attorney.

I love to preach, teach, learn, worship, love, laugh, cry, and serve in community with fellow disciples.  I serve as Chair of the Conference Inclusiveness Umbrella Team, because I believe all people are made in the image of God and that God’s love always includes God’s justice.  Some particular passions for me include working to alleviate poverty, working to End Racism in our Lifetime, and fighting modern-day slavery (human trafficking).  I also serve on the CTC Ministry Safe Oversight Committee.

I was ordained an Elder in the Central Texas Conference in 2016 (the year we celebrated 60 years of ordaining women!). I earned a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2014, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Wesleyan (now Texas A&M) School of Law in 2002, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from UT Arlington in 1993.

I am originally from Southern California but have lived in Texas most of my life. I consider Arlington, Texas my home town. I am part of a clergy couple.  My husband of 20 years is Rev. Jeffrey Miller who currently serves as the Lead Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Belton. We have two adult children, Eli and Allie. We also have two 4-legged children: our dog Rocco and our cat Oreo, who graciously tolerate our dual-appointment lifestyle.  I love baseball, cooking (and eating!), singing, dancing, being out in nature, and just plain having fun.

My mission in life and ministry is to share the unconditional love of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible through my words and actions, hopefully leading them to a closer relationship with the Lord of Life. Everyone should know the redeeming love of God – not because it makes them right, but because it makes them whole!

Blessed to serve,

Pastor Jannette