June 4, 2013
The Rev. Mark Miller’s dress sword, once worn with his dress uniform when he was a young Marine officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, hangs on the wall behind his desk.
He traded it in for a different weapon: “For the word of God (Bible) is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.” (NIV).
His old sword represents his “15 milliseconds of fame” as he was sitting in an officers’ club eating a hamburger, and the film crew for “The Great Santini” was panning the room.
With the new weapon, he started the Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship 20 years ago, a church that has been a ministry “to the more marginalized people, people on the fringes.” Miller is now leaving the ministry in the hands of his co-pastor, the Rev. Vanessa Chitwood, as he awaits orders from God for a new assignment.