Rev. Jack R. Miller
Candidate for Diocesan Bishop
Pacific Northwest Region
Ordained Priest with the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) and currently serve as Co-Pastor of the Saint Clare Pastoral Center.
The Pastoral Center was established in August of 2010 and is a registered non-profit corporation in the State of Washington. Part of our ministry includes work at assisted living facilities in both Skagit and Whatcom Counties. Until 2018, my wife and I were licensed Foster Parents, providing care for children between the ages five and twelve. We adopted two former foster children (one as an adult), and currently have a fourteen-year-old adoptive daughter living at home.
My wife and I officially incardinated into the ECC in 2016. Our previous jurisdiction was the United American Catholic Church (UACC) under the leadership of Most Rev. Anthony Hash, the Presiding Bishop. I served as the Secretary, and along with Rev. Liz, we were commissioned by the presiding bishop to develop a Pastoral Formation Program, which we presented at the Synod in 2014. Prior to this, we were associated with the American Catholic Church in the United States (ACCUS) where I was ordained a deacon in May of 2010 and a priest in November of 2010 by Most Rev. Lawrence J. Harms, the Presiding Archbishop at the time. After graduating from the ACCUS Seminary, I served as an instructor, teaching an introductory course in New Testament scripture, and developed a syllabus for classes in Johannine and Pauline Literature.
Prior to retiring from my secular career (2008), my related background included operational management, marketing, business development, and teaching at the adult level. I also served as a police reserve officer before being injured on the job. My involvement with church ministry began at an early age. I preached for the first time at thirteen and placed second in the state speaker’s tournament. Over the years I held various pastoral positions as a minister of music and youth director and toured as a gospel singer while raising money for World Hunger Relief.
After returning to Catholicism in 2003, I worked with RCIA, the middle and high school youth program, Native American ministries, and volunteered as an adult altar server, Lector and Eucharistic Minister. In 2011, I put together a historical photobook for the 150-year celebration of St. Joachim Mission Church (Lummi Nation).
Rev. Liz and I met at church while both were working with the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. We developed a strong friendship; at the time I was a candidate for the priesthood, and Liz was a vowed nun. We both had grown children and neither of us planned to marry again. God had different plans for us. After leaving the Roman Church and entering the Holy Orders of an independent Catholic community, Liz and I served as deacons at each other’s ordination in November of 2010. We were married the following February. Rev. Liz was later ordained to the priesthood and we became a unique entity as a priest-couple. This allows a great deal of flexibility when diocesan duties would require time and travel away from home. Liz and I maintain our sacramental and on-line ministry activities, holding weekly mass in our home-chapel and publishing a weekly devotional.
St. John XXIII Theological Institute, Frederick, Maryland. Graduated in November of 2011 with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree after an assessment of my previous graduate level studies and completing additional classes. The basic program of study includes coursework in Theology (Liturgical, Spiritual, Moral, and Foundational), Scripture, Christology, Ecclesiology, Independent Catholic History, Reformed and Modern Church History, Homiletics, Pastoral Care & Counseling.
Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana. Graduated in May of 2008 with a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree in Applied Ministry. Over the eighteen-month program of study, I maintained a cumulative GPA of 4.0. In 2007, I attended The Summer Programme in Theology offered by Christ Church College at Oxford University (UK). Relevant course work included scripture, comparative religious studies, and pastoral care. I continued to be a member of the Oxford Alumni/AE Club until 2017.
Mount Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota. Graduated in December of 2006 with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Pastoral Ministry. Over the two-year program of study, I maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.75, and completed coursework in Old and New Testament, Moral Theology, Christology, Church History, Liturgy and Sacraments, Ecclesiology, Evangelization and Catechesis, Christian Spirituality, and Perspectives on Marriage and Family. I continued to assist the program director in residency organization and implementation after graduation. As part of my practicum project, I developed a resource website for the program, and continue to maintain that site as part of the Pastoral Center’s extended ministry until the college discontinued the course of study in 2011.
SECULAR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Retired. Although I officially retired in January of 2008, I continued to work part-time until January of 2011. Since then, I have devoted my time to outreach ministry and Foster Care.
River Park Square, Concierge (part-time). August of 2009 to January of 2011: Responsibilities include direct customer service, gift certificate sales, two-way radio communications, and updating the River Park Square website. In 2009, I completed the required course of study to become designated a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) through the Tourism Ambassador Institute and The Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The CIT Group, (Sub-Prime Lending). From October of 1997 until February of 2004, I worked as a Collateral Risk Manager in the Regional Offices of CIT, located in Walnut Creek, California. In March of 2004, I relocated to Washington State and continued my function as a work-from-home employee. My primary responsibilities were to provide regional collateral risk analysis for eleven offices in twelve western states with respect to CIT’s residential lending activities. In addition, I developed a training manual for non-appraisal personnel, published feature articles and appraisal guidebooks, and was a frequent national convention speaker and seminar instructor/developer. The CIT Group closed its lending division in September of 2007. All 550+ employees were released with severance. In January of 2008 I retired, but continued to seek full, part-time, or volunteer ministry opportunities that would serve God and the greater community.
United States Marine Corps, 1962-1966. Honorable Discharge. Graduate, Naval School of Photography (1963). Thirteen-month deployment in Vietnam (1965-66) as a photographer.
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Experienced in course/seminar development, and teaching at the adult level.
Self-motivated and highly organized.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.