Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus Calvin Miller, Ph.D., noted author, professor and artist, died Sunday. He was 75.
“Dr. Calvin Miller has influenced my life and ministry profoundly, first as an author, then when I was a bivocational pastor and sat in his seminars at Beeson Divinity's Pastors School,” said OBU President David W. Whitlock. “His writing and many books are a gift to Christendom. His teaching has multiplied by the thousands his ministry of outstanding creative preaching.”
The Rev. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention, shared similar sentiments.
“Calvin Miller displayed a passionate love for the church and the truth of God. His extraordinary gift with words distinguished him as an outstanding communicator whether in the pulpit, classroom or written form,” Jordan said. “We are proud he is a native son of Oklahoma. We give thanks to our Lord for his life and ministry.”
A 1958 OBU graduate, Miller was a popular speaker and a favored OBU presenter. He most recently taught ministers from across Oklahoma at OBU's Pastors School July 16-18 on the theme “Preach Like Jesus: Exposition Redefined,” based on Matthew 13:34. He shared a humorous chapel message on Oct. 26, telling students he said, “Thank you, God,” all the time and — when he was in a hurry — he simply said, “TYG.”
Miller was born in Enid on Aug. 28, 1936. He graduated from Enid High School. He earned a bachelor's degree at OBU in 1958. He attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., graduating with a master's degree in 1961 and a doctorate in 1975. In 1959, he married Barbara Joyce Harman.
They are the parents of two children: Melanie and Timothy.
He served as pastor of churches in Plattsmouth, Neb., and Omaha, Neb. Miller later served as a professor of communication and ministry studies and writer-in-residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and he served as professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala.
After retiring in 2007, he assumed the role of research professor and distinguished writer in residence.