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November 3, 2013

With grid dreams gone, he took a different field

Pastor uses faith to overcome challenges

Frank Miller’s marker board at Church 4:18 is loaded with notes, reminders and Bible passages.

“I have to get it out of my mind and onto that board quickly as possible or I forget it,” said Miller, the church’s interim pastor and youth pastor.

A favorite Bible passage of his, Ecclesiastes 3:11, has a prominent place on the board.

“It says ‘True, God makes everything beautiful in itself and in its time, but He left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to.’”

Miller has faced a number of challenges in his 30 years.

The greatest came when he suffered heart failure when he was 17. That moved him to help other heart patients at what was then Muskogee Regional Medical Center.

“My mom was in nursing and works at the VA hospital, so I was interested in that field anyway,” he said. “It really piqued my interest. I decided I can do something to help others, even if it was as a cardiac monitor tech.”

Miller worked at MRMC for two and a half years and the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center for five years. Then he felt called to go into ministry full time.

Miller, who was reared in a strong religious family, wears his faith on his arms.

“Cross Carrier” is tattooed in bold yellow-orange graffiti letters on his forearms.

“I have a big cross on my back,” he said. “I had that eight years. Almost all my tattoos are religion themed. I just always thought they were a great expression of art.”

Meet Frank Miller

AGE: 30.

HOMETOWN: Warner. Lived in Muskogee for seven years.

CAREER: Worked as a cardiac monitor/technician. Currently interim pastor and youth pastor at Church 4:18.

EDUCATION: Warner High School, class of 2001. Chrio School of Ministry through his church.

FAMILY: Wife, Stephanie; son Blade, 8; and daughter, Maybre, 5.

CHURCH: Church 4:18.

HOBBIES: “Hunting, exercise. I go to Strictly Fitness. Anything with my children. I spend time with them, and we do all kinds of crazy stunts.”

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