Dennis Miller serves as the Foothills District Superintendent of The West Ohio Area of The United Methodist Church. The district consists of 170 congregations, located in 10 counties through southeastern Ohio. The district also includes a Christian Camp Retreat Center and 116 United Methodist Service Ministries.
Dennis was born in Zanesville to William & Nancy Miller. He was raised as a “child of the church” by the Central Trinity UM congregation and is a 1987 graduate of Philo High School. Dennis received his undergraduate degree from Asbury University and his Master’s of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is also a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he received his Doctor of Ministry degree. During that time, he authored a book on preaching entitled, The Athenian Method: Culturally Relevant Preaching for the 21st Century (2001).
Ordained a deacon and probationary member in the West Ohio Conference in 1995, Dennis was ordained an elder in full connection in 1997. He began pastoral ministry a few years earlier as a local pastor at the Highland Charge in 1991. Over the past 26 years, his ministry in the West Ohio Conference includes pastorates ranging in size from 12 to 1200 members.
Dennis is eager to present a positive vision for reaching people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Under his leadership, Grove City United Methodist Church grew to become one of the largest churches in the West Ohio Conference by developing a number of innovative outreach ministries and extensive mission work in central Ohio and Southeast Asia. In addition, Dennis is the founder of the Circuit Riders Motorcycle Ministry in central Ohio. Since 2012, this group has provided approximately 60 motorcycles for United Methodist pastors in Vietnam.
Dennis is married to Rachel who is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and currently serving as Vice President of Church Services for the United Methodist Financial Credit Union.