The Rev. Dennis Miller will join the staff of Grove City United Methodist Church in July as senior pastor.

The Rev. Dennis Miller will join the staff of Grove City United Methodist Church in July as senior pastor.

He was preceded in the post by the Rev. Ken Kirk and, more recently on an interim basis, the Rev. Tom Wilson.

Miller, native of Zanesville, is an ordained elder in his 17th year as a United Methodist pastor in the West Ohio Conference. He received his bachelor's degree from Asbury College and his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the Fuqua International School of Christian Communications and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.

Since 2002, Miller has served as senior pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Piqua.

In addition to his work in the local church, Miller served as an adjunct faculty member in the doctoral program at United Theological Seminary from 2003 to 2006). He is the author of a book, "The Athenian Method: Culturally Relevant Preaching for the 21st Century," published in 2001.

"Dennis has a heart for local and global missions," according to a church spokeswoman. "Over the past several years, his congregation has partnered with the city of Piqua to restore area homes of low income households. Dennis has also led ministry teams to New Orleans and Nicaragua to share God's love in a tangible way.

"Today, Dennis' love for Jesus Christ and for others shapes his major responsibilities: preaching, writing, leading the staff and guiding the congregation in its ministry. He is eager to present a positive vision for reaching people with the good news of Jesus Christ and to help others sharpen their focus on what is their visionary call for ministry."

Rachel Miller, the new senior pastor's wife, is the vice president of church services for the West Ohio United Methodist Credit Union. She also currently serves on an array of church and community boards and shares her musical talents with the congregation.