Pastors' Memoirs

Jacob R. Miller, 1918-1989

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The Rev. Jacob "Jake" Miller, a retired minister, died Jan. 10, 1989. The Rev. Miller went into the ministry in 1967. He served Bethel Church, Woodbridge; Regester Chapel, Stafford; Eastland-Zion, Spotsylvania; and finally Grace Church, Hartwood. He retired while serving at Grace in 1987 with 20 faithful years of service.

The Rev. Miller was 70 years old at his death. He was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Dutch country. This warm heritage was seen in every aspect of his ministry. 

The Rev. Miller showed his love for the children by having a special time in each hour of worship to give them a simple but loving message from the word of God. He showed such love and enthusiasm in the stories he shared with them, making them feel a part of the worship service. 

The Rev. Miller had a great love and knowledge of the word of God and gladly shared the Scripture whenever the opportunity came. Jake loved to sing and often shared his beautiful Dutch voice with the church choirs or sang solos. His favorite song was "How

Great Thou Art." This was not only his favorite song; he lived his life believing the words of this great song. 

Jake may have retired, but he did not stop preaching or sharing the word of God. He was always in great demand to fill pulpits of other ministers. 

Jake touched the lives of so many for so long. When someone was down or had sorrows, he often stopped by with a smile, a prayer and a song. 

Jake is survived by his wife Hazel. They were always together and shared the love of God's children. Hazel was always there with a kind word, a warm hug and a lovely smile of encouragement. Hazel is still carrying on Jake's ministry in her community through the love that she shows others and the comfort she provides them, even during her time of sorrow.

The Rev. Jake Miller will truly by missed but not forgotten.

-Dr. R.L. Russell


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