College Minister honored for promoting unity among students

Published on
August 12, 2019
Bishop Leonard Fairley (left) presents Rev. David Miller with the Bishop’s Award for Ecumenism during the annual Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Bishop Leonard Fairley (left) presents Rev. David Miller with the Bishop’s Award for Ecumenism during the annual Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Union College minister David Miller received the Bishop’s Award for Ecumenism during the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in July. Each year, the award is presented to a member of the KCUMC who encourages unity among religious denominations.

A Union College Alumnus, Rev. Miller earned his undergraduate degree in 1987 before going on to attend Lexington Theological Seminary where a deep respect for diverse faith traditions was nurtured. Miller was ordained an elder in 1993 and began his path of ministry. Soon, he would be called back to his Alma Mater to serve as college minister and head of the Office of Spiritual Life.

For the past 15 years at Union College, Rev. Miller has gone above and beyond his role as chaplain, encouraging unity and acceptance among the campus community regardless of faith or background. He also dedicates his time to various outside organizations such as Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, the Kentucky Council of Churches, and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

"When I heard I would be receiving this award, I thought back to my advisor and mentor in seminary, Michael Kinnamon, whose description of the global church inspired me then and continues to inspire me now,” said Rev. Miller. “I'm so grateful for all the teachers who formed and shaped me, and I'm very grateful to receive this award. God has already reached across boundaries to be with us, and we have to reach across boundaries for each other."

To learn more about Union College and the Office of Spiritual Life, visit www.unionky.edu/spiritual.