Jeffrey D. Miller was born and raised Jewish but at the age of 12, during a Hebrew prayer service in synagogue, he decided there was no God, and became an atheist.
Through the next 24 years of his life, he remained devout to his lack of faith in anything spiritual. To him, life was just existence, and when it was over, it was over.
Nevertheless, Miller sought to live his life to the fullest. He considered himself an honest, good citizen. He never smoked, drank or used drugs. He drove the speed limit. He carried groceries for older folks. He used to say, "Even if there is a heaven, which there isn't, surely I would be at the front of the line."
As he matured, Miller had opportunities other people can only dream about. He spent many years in the broadcasting industry as a TV newsman, including a TV news anchor, as well as a radio newsman and talk show host. He served as the assistant to the mayor of his hometown of Reading, Pa. He was a "somebody" and proud of it.
Miller is also the co-host of the syndicated radio program Messianic Minutes which has been heard on hundreds of radio stations across the country, locally including WJCS-FM and WBYN-FM.
While working in TV news, Miller met and dated Karen, a born-again Christian woman, who challenged his empty view of faith. He thought she was beautiful, but wacky. He knew there was no God and believed only weak people needed one.
Fed up with what he thought was Christian propaganda, Miller sought to prove there was no God to his Christian girlfriend. His search for God lasted six weeks, during which he found nothing. Then one night when he was alone, he read some words in a book by the Walt Disney movie actor Dean Jones that changed his life.
"I thought this was just another stupid book about phony faith," Miller said. "Then I read some words about God and it were as if lightening struck me. The tears gushed out of my eyes and I felt a sensation run up and down my body like I'd never felt before. The next thing I knew, this Jewish atheist called out to Jesus!"
Two years later, Miller married his Christian girlfriend Karen. Together, they have three sons, James, Peter and Nathan.
For the past 21 years, Miller has traveled all over the United States (and a few foreign countries) in full time ministry, preaching the Jewishness of Christianity. At a 10 a.m. service this Sunday, he will be sharing his story at the Living Stone Fellowship, 6925 Flint Hill Road, New Tripoli.
"The really fascinating thing is that everything about Jesus was Jewish," Miller says explaining his ministry. "He came as a Jew, to the Jews, to fulfill the Jewish prophecies and scriptures. That was Jewish then, and pardon me, but when did it stop being Jewish? The point being that the Christian Church believes what Jewish people are supposed to believe. Of course the rabbi's disagree, but it is clearly biblical."