Executive Speaker Series Black History Month
Schedule of Events:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Public Address 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.. Business and Technology Center Rogow Auditorium (BTC 049) EKU Campus, Richmond, Ky.
RECEPTION 2:30 p.m. Business and Technology Center Vice Atrium EKU Campus, Richmond, Ky
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REV. DR. ALVIN E. MILLER, ’81
COL (R), UNITED STATES ARMY
COL Alvin E. Miller, a native of Fort Pierce, Florida, earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1981 (Sociology) from EKU. When COL Miller arrived, he was a “walk-on” football player after having played in high school where he had received numerous awards for his outstanding play. While at EKU, COL Miller earned a football scholarship and began to ink his “cleats” into the history of a winning legacy that created a football dynasty. Moreover, in 1979 COL Miller led EKU in winning the first national championship (NCAA 1-AA). During the semi-national championship game and the national championship game, ABC television and Chevrolet selected him as the Most Valuable Player for each game. Along with the football accomplishments came other life changing EKU student experiences—joining the ROTC program and becoming a member of Omega Psi Phi.
When he received his degree in 1981 he became the first family member of five generations to graduate from college. Upon graduation, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant by the Department of the United States Army. After his initial tour of active duty, he was honorably discharged and invited to attend an NFL free agency football camp with the Houston Oilers. He later returned to Fort Pierce and taught high school and coached football, basketball, and soccer at his alma mater.
In August 1985, COL Miller accepted his call to the ministry and enrolled as a full-time student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. That same year, he was selected by the Department of the Army to serve as aide-de-camp to Brigadier General Merwyn Jackson of the 100th Division, United States Army Reserve, Louisville. He earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1988. Beginning in 1989, he served as the coordinator for the Florida Governor’s Drug-Free Communities initiative. After nearly a year on the governor’s staff, COL Miller returned to active duty in the U.S. Army as Chaplain (Captain) and was sent to serve as a battalion chaplain at the U.S. Army Field Artillery Training Center at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 1994, he was honorably discharged from active duty. COL Miller then returned to Fort Pierce and accepted a teaching/coaching position at Fort Pierce Central High School.
Having earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1999 from Oral Roberts University, COL Miller is currently the pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is the published author of three books and other professional articles. Over the years, COL Miller has received numerous awards and honors during his distinguished career. Among his many awards are the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Medal, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and Outstanding Young Men of America. Most recently, in October 2019, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the EKU International Alumni Association.
COL Miller is married to the former Dominique Haywood. They reside in Nashville and are parents of five children and have two grandchildren.
Published on January 29, 2020