vineyard church nacogdoches


Pastor, Jim Miller

Jim Miller is a native Texan, born in the Texas Panhandle and raised in the Houston area. Jim came to Christ in the early 1960s while a junior at the University of Houston. In 1967 he accepted his first pastorate in the Texas Big Thicket and twenty years, four pastorates and a stint as Bible college instructor later he moved to Nacogdoches, Texas and purchased and operated a Christian book and music store for the next twelve years.

During those years he was active in his community, filled pulpits, hosted pastor’s breakfasts, promoted more than fifty concerts with charting CCM artists, and wrote and published a weekly book review column for the local newspaper.

He has also driven trucks, attended gas stations, stocked groceries, sweated on an assembly line, operated a forklift, sold shoes, taught in a classroom and been a union member in three Houston locals, walked two picket lines and had the pleasure of yelling "scab" at passing cars.

Jim is married to "the second best decision of my life," Stephanie. In 2001 they sold the bookstore to begin the wonderful adventure of planting a Vineyard church in Nacogdoches. The church has continued to grow spiritually and numerically and is joyfully advancing the kingdom in their area. Jim and Stephanie have a blended family of three children and seven grandchildren. Warning: they carry pictures.

More than you ever wanted to know about Jim

  • Family info: Wife: Stephanie, Sons: Scott (Melanie) and Aaron (Erica),
  • Daughter: Kelly (Ted); and seven grandchildren
  • Birthplace and date: Shamrock, Texas, September 17, 1942
  • Parents: Joe Earl and Melba Nell Miller
  • Siblings: Younger brother Denny (Assemblies of God missionary, Acts in Africa)
  • Raised: Borger TX (until age 15) then Pasadena TX
  • High school: Deer Park, Texas
  • College: Lee College, Baytown TX (AA); University of Houston (BA, History); UH (Post-grad work, English)
  • A Perfect Day: Having all my family at home for a home cooked meal
  • Dream: To become a rock star or lead our church to being what God wants it to be.
  • Favorite artists: Bob Dylan, Derek Lind, Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., Rich Mullins, Tony Bennett, ZZ Top
  • Favorite authors: C.S. Lewis, Anne Lamott, Donald Miller, Mark Twain
  • Favorite books: Mere Christianity, Blue Like Jazz, Traveling Mercies, Huckleberry Finn
  • Favorite color: Hunter Green
  • Favorite family tradition: Christmas at our house with family (this may be our only family tradition)
  • Favorite food: Where’ the beef?
  • Favorite magazines: Christianity Today, Christian History, The Wittenberg Door
  • Favorite movie: Cannery Row (1982) starring Nick Nolte, Debra Winger
  • Favorite pastime: Yelling at the evening news and spending time with my family
  • Favorite scripture: Currently: "For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him." (Philippians 2:13)
  • Favorite sport: Boxing, football, and full contact chess
  • Favorite TV show: Any show where the criminal gets busted
  • Favorite style of music: Electric Blues, Southern Rock, Old Standards, Baroque
  • Hobbies: Reading, writing, hiding from responsibility
  • If you could sit down to dinner with five historical people, who would they be: Jesus, Paul, C.S. Lewis, Anne Hutchinson, and Abraham Lincoln
  • Most embarrassing moment: Preached unzipped.
  • Most influential living person in your life: My wife Stephanie, parents, and colleagues Herschel Rosser, Bert Waggoner, Doug Anderson
  • Personal Goals: To conquer procrastination at some later date but especially to be the person God created me to be
  • Pet peeve: Bullies who publicly belittle or embarrass people
  • Second choice of a career: President of the USA
  • Things I can't live without: Jesus, Stephanie, family, and church
  • Things I like to do: Teach, preach, write, nap
  • You may not know this about me: I would love to smoke a pipe except for that cancer thing.