Russel Miller came in December 1979 as pastor.  Pastor Miller’s name was known as the “visiting pastor” and he majored in evangelism of his own life and teaching other’s to evangelize as well.  Pastor Miller, as a bi-vocational pastor, worked as a guard at Rockford Memorial Hospital (now Mercy Health).

Pastor Miller’s wife Sherry and their three little children were loved deeply by the congregation.  The ministry suffered a blow when Pastor Miller resigned in 1983.