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.