Miller says, however, he is thankful for the blessings of that journey. Now he wants help make those same blessings available to Maranatha students, both typical and atypical.
“I had a lot of growing to do in my Christian life when I came to Maranatha, and I still do,” said Miller, 29, recently hired to teach this fall. “When I was a student, I deeply appreciated the Bible faculty—their walk with the Lord and their academic integrity. That combination is rare. I appreciated the way in which they influenced my life, the worldview presented to me as I took those courses. I wanted to be able to do that for future students.”
Bible Department Chair Brian Trainer said Miller will teach Doctrines 2, Principles of Bible Study, Hebrews, Ethics, and Apologetics.
“The Bible faculty is excited to have one of our own return and take leadership in biblical scholarship and pedagogy,” Trainer said. “Tim is a gifted writer and thinker. We believe he will connect well with incoming students as he shares his passion for the Word of God with the next generation.”
Miller was a 20-year-old University of Michigan student and assembly line worker when he began to read his Bible during breaks at work. He eventually discovered the truth in what he was reading, accepted Christ as Savior, and enrolled at Maranatha in the fall of 2002. He graduated cum laude in Humanities in 2006, earned a master’s degree in Biblical Studies in 2008, then earned a Master of Divinity degree at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, in 2009.
By next August, Miller hopes to have submitted his dissertation to Westminster Theological Seminary, where he is pursuing a PhD in Historical Theology. His degree emphasis is in Christian Apologetics with specializations in Metaphysics, Epistemology, Worldview, and Theology Proper. The subject of his dissertation is the perspectives of philosopher and theologian John Frame.
Miller has not neglected the practical side of his education while pursuing those degrees. He has helped lead and coordinate the teaching ministries at his local church plant in Philadelphia, where Sunday morning service attendance has grown from 20 to 70 in two years. Miller has also taught an adult class there.
“I’ve tried to split my time fairly evenly between doctrine and practical life-changing applications,” Miller said.
Some life-changing events are in store for Miller and his wife Hannah (Kutz, ’07), a Cambridge, Wisconsin, native. The couple is expecting their first child in August, just weeks after they move to Watertown.
“Getting a PhD at 30 will open a lot of doors for future involvement, and I won’t have the distraction of trying to earn that degree while I teach,” Miller said. “My experience as a student at Maranatha was great. I’m looking forward to the experience of teaching there.”