On Saturday, September 12, 2020, the Most Rev’d Walter H. Grundorf, Bishop of the Eastern United States, Presiding Bishop, ordained the Rev’d Mr. Stephen Michael Miller to the Sacred Priesthood of Christ’s Holy Church at St. Matthew’s Church, Weaverville, North Carolina. Father Miller was presented for ordination by his own father, the Rev’d Gregory P. Miller, Rector, St. Matthew’s Church. Bishop Grundorf preached and celebrated the Holy Communion. The Rev’d Mr. Creighton McElveen, Curate, St. Barnabas Church, Dunwoody, Georgia, served as Deacon of the Mass. The Venerable Erich A. Zwingert, Rector, All Saints Church, Mills River, North Carolina, served as Master of Ceremonies and Litanist. Visiting clergy in attendance were the Rev’d William J. Martin, Rector, St. Michael & All Angels Church, Arden, North Carolina, the Rev’d Paul Rivard, Rector, Church of St. George the Martyr, Simpsonville, South Carolina, and the Rev’d Mr. Thaddeus Osborne, Curate, Holy Cross Church, Farragut, Tennessee. All the priests present participated in the Laying on of Hands at the invocation of the Holy Ghost by Bishop Grundorf. After the ordination, a luncheon reception was held in the parish hall of St. Matthew’s Church in honor of Fr. Miller and his family and welcoming all the guests present to the occasion.
Fr. Miller’s ordination marks the third generation of priests in the Miller family. Fr. Miller’s grandfather, Forrest Ogden Miller was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. He left the Episcopal Church in 1976 to join what came to be known as the “Continuing Church movement.” Forrest Miller would be consecrated a bishop at the founding of the Anglican Rite Jurisdiction of the Americas (ARJA) in 1981. Fr. Miller’s father, the Rev’d Gregory Miller, was ordained a priest in 1985 in the ARJA.
The day after the ordination, being the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, Fr. Miller celebrated the Holy Communion for the first time at St. Matthew’s Church. On October 25, 2020, Fr. Miller will begin his new ministry as Curate at two missions in Alabama: St. Matthias Church in Dothan and St. James the Great Church in Smith Station. He will be working with the Rev’d John Klein, Vicar of both missions.
Fr. Miller holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, a Master of Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as Bachelor of Arts in both English and Political Science. He and his wife Jennifer were married in 2012 and have two children, Abigail and Joshua.