|Birth: ||Apr. 19, 1927|
|Death: ||Jan. 22, 2012|
John Keith Miller, 84, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a resident of Austin, Texas, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012. He was born on April 19, 1927 in Tulsa, the son of Earle T. Miller and Mable Davis Miller. After graduating from Tulsa Central High School, he served in the U.S. Navy and then entered Oklahoma University, Norman, OK. In 1949, he married Mary Allen Hess. At O.U. he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and played on the O.U. Men's Basketball Team. He received a B.S. in Business from O.U. in 1951. For the next decade, Miller worked in the oil exploration business in Texas and Oklahoma. He left the oil business to study theology at Berkeley Divinity School (at Yale) and Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, IN, receiving a Divinity Degree in 1964. In 1962, Miller became the first director of Laity Lodge, an Ecumenical Christian Retreat Center in the Texas Hill Country. In 1971 he earned a Master's Degree in Psychological Counseling. In 1965, his first book, The Taste of New Wine, was published. He spent the rest of his life communicating hope and faith with people through his writing and speaking. All together Keith has written or co-authored 24 books on subjects including Christian living, addictions and co-dependence, the process of spiritual transformation, discovering and achieving one's vocational and life dreams, devotions, and business. Other works include three DVD series, "A Hunger for Healing," "Wrestling with Angels," and "Write from the Heart." His deep friendship and partnership with Bruce and Hazel Larson and many others influenced the way the Christian world understood and lived out theology. They helped establish "relational theology," living out one's Christian faith as an Adventure through a relationship with God that affects how one lives and relates to God and others. His commitment to the Adventure and the Story gave many others a way to know Jesus and live a life of faith. In 1976 Keith and his wife were divorced. Several years later he married Andrea Wells who became not only his partner in life, but his partner also in ministry, writing and the Adventure. Keith continued to speak, write, and invest in the lives of those around him until the day he died. He was a passionate person who loved intensely and who wanted to reflect the light of Christ to the world. In 2009 he received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, a reflection of the mark he had made on the church. In November of 2011 he was awarded the Peacemaker's Award for International Dialogue by the Dispute Resolution Center of Austin for his work in conflict situations in several foreign countries during the past twenty years. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Earle P. Miller. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Andrea Wells Miller of Oak Ridge, TN now living in Austin, and his three daughters, Leslie Williams and her husband Stockton of Kerrville, TX, Kristin Huffman and her husband Mike of Houston, TX, and Mary-Keith Dickinson and her husband Karl of Hunt, TX. Leslie's children include Jerre Williams and wife Jessica, and Caroline Williams. Kristin's children include Lizz Provence Swanson and her husband Chris, Mark Provence and Becky Provence. Mary-Keith's children include Mitchell Dickinson and Mary-Blair Dickinson. Keith also had five great-grandchildren.
Created by: Kathy Halliburton
Record added: Feb 01, 2012
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