Albert G. Miller who is affectionately known as “A.G.” is Associate Professor of Religion and Africana Studies Emeritus, after teaching at Oberlin College for 27 years in the Department of Religion, where he taught American and African American religious history. A.G. served as Chair of the Religion Department for the 2002-2003 and 2011-14 academic-years. Over his tenure, A.G. has served on the two elected faculty councils and one elected committee, the Educational Policy and Procedures Committee. He has served on several non-elected committees as well and has been committed to working with the Admissions Office to help it accomplish its goals particularly to meet its underrepresented student commitments. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member with the McCreary Center for Black Church Studies of Ashland Theological Seminary for many years.
He received B.S.W. and M.S.W. degrees in social work from Adelphi University and the M.A. and Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University and has done further study at Union Theological Seminary in New York, New York and Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He is also an ordained Senior Minister and a District Minister for the Midwest District in The House of The Lord Pentecostal Church. A.G. is the author of the book, Elevating the Race: Theophilus G. Steward, Black Theology, and the Making of an African-American Civil Society, 1865-1924, which was published in 2003 by the University of Tennessee Press. Miller is also presently researching and writing a second book entitled, Fundamentally Black: The Rise of Evangelicalism on the African-American Community. Miller has written several articles including, “The Construction of a Black Fundamentalist Worldview: The Role of Bible Schools” in African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures edited by Vincent L. Wimbush, New York: Continuum, 2000; and “The Rise of Black Evangelicalism in American Culture” in Perspectives on American Religion and Culture, published by Blackwell Publishers, Ltd. 1999; and “At-Risk Youth, At-Risk Church: What Jesus Christ and Black Teenagers are Saying to the Black Church” in The Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church and Culture, published by Princeton Theological Seminary.
Before his academic career, A.G. served in various administrative positions. He served as Director of Recruitment and Training with Young Life's National Office of Urban Affairs, Denver, Colorado from 1982 to 1986 and as Addiction Program Administrator at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Comprehensive Alcoholism Treatment Center, Brooklyn, New York from 1979 - 1980. He has worked as a social worker with a variety of social work and youth serving agencies such as the YMCA/Career Opportunities for Brooklyn Youth and the Protestant Board of Guardians - Youth Guardian Services in Brooklyn, New York. A.G. also served as a Group Home Director and Child Care Counselor with Project Contact of the Educational Alliance, New York, New York. A.G.’s ministry experience varies widely. He served as Organizing Minister, The House of the Lord Pentecostal Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1988 to 1991 and as Associate Minister with The House of the Lord Pentecostal Church, Brooklyn, New York from 1980 to 1982. He has served as youth minister of Young Life Stamford, Connecticut and New Life on the Lower East Side in New York, New York. He is presently the pastor of a congregation in Oberlin, Ohio, the Oberlin House of the Lord Fellowship, serving in this capacity for 18 years. Locally A.G. was the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Save Our Children, Inc of Asbury United Methodist Church in Elyria, Ohio. He served on the Board of Director of Lorain County Access, an agency that promoted higher education in Lorain County, Ohio. He is on the board of the Ruby N. Jones Community Scholarship Fund and has severed as its chair for 7 plus years. A.G. also is a founding advisory committee member of The Bridge, Oberlin’s free community computer technology center. He was also a founding member of Oberlin Black Alliance for Progress (OBAP), a local grassroots community organization. He presently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Lorain County; Ruby N. Jones Scholarship Fund of Oberlin, Ohio; the McCreary Center for Black Church Studies in Cleveland; serves as convener for the Lorain County Pastors Health Coalition in affiliation with the Mercy Hospital System; serves on the Council of Elder for the Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership at Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas.
A.G. is married to Brenda Grier-Miller for 43 wonderful years and the father of four marvelous adult children: two of which have wonderful spouses, and 4 beautiful grandchildren.« Back to Staff