Church Staff

Rev. Lisa Leigh Miller

Senior Pastor

revlisa@faithbridgeumc.net

phone: 405-517-3639

For a long time, I wondered how God could possibly use someone like me. How could I possibly fit into His divine plan? When I considered all of the adversity I experienced as a child, losing my mother at the age of two, my father being in and out of prison my entire life, which led to me being homeless for two years in Mexico City, and then being abused as a child by different family members; how on earth could God use someone like me? I certainly didn’t fit any kind of mold I imagined a preacher would be formed from. Far from it, to be honest. But, I underestimated what God can and will do for those who love Him, I’m embarrassed to admit. He has continually reminded me that the people He used in the Bible were far from perfect as well. They didn’t have simple lives, but instead learned to trust God through their struggles, their failures and even their hardships. He reminded me that the adversity He has delivered me from is not something that will hinder me, but instead something that will equip me for His good work in reaching those who are broken and in despair. And, He also taught me to change my perspective regarding my difficult past because it is much less about telling my personal story than it is about telling “His” story of deliverance, faithfulness, restoration and most of all love. I found further encouragement in the words of author Henri J. M. Newman in his book The Wounded Healer, when he said, “The great illusion of leadership is to think that man can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there.” My mission is to use my God-given gifts to help others fall more in love with our Heavenly Father, to inspire others to seek the kind of intimate relationship with Christ that awakens in them the desire to pursue discipleship with passion, and to join with my congregants to go outside the walls of our church as servants, loving the forgotten and broken, transforming the world one person at a time, beginning in our own community. When I breathe my last breath here on earth, what I want more than anything is to know that I have done my best to carry out God’s purpose for my life, which I know is pastoral ministry, and to be able to say what is written in 2 Timothy 4:7; “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. Amen.

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