Rev. Tabitha Lucas Miller, affectionately known as "Sister, Aunt Sister, and Boogee,", was born on May 2, 1949, in Deatsville, Alabama, and reared in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Samuel Lucas and the late Jessie Lee Nunn-Lucas. She was the eldest of six children.
Rev. Miller accepted Christ and was baptized at the age of 8. she united with Union Bethel Independent Methodist Church in Birmingham, where she sang on the "Buds of Promise" Children Choir ; served as a junior musician for Church School; served as an assistant teacher for the Beginners Class, and was elected a youth delegate to attend meetings on behalf of the church. There arose within her a burning desire to be like the disciple in Acts 9:36... "Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did."
Rev. Miller graduated from Ullman High School in Birmingham, Alabama, and matriculated to Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In her junior year at Stillman, she served as intern for the Upward Bound Summer Math Program for high school students. She relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, and continued her studies at Georgia State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and a Certificate in Theology from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).
Rev. Miller has over forty (40) years of experience in Administration. She has worked for the City of Atlanta in Bureau of Police Records division, the Special Investigation Unit, and the bureau of Fire Division ; Small Business Administrative ; Georgia State University ; Bethel AME Church and Saint Peters AME Church , in Atlanta. In South Carolina, she served as Administrative Secretary to Bishop John Hurst Adams and Bishop Henry A. Belin, Jr.
While in Atlanta, Rev. Miller joined St. Peters AME Church where she served as Minister of Music for the Church Choirs, a Church School Teacher, and YPD Director. She accepted the call to preach in July 1982 in the Sixth Episcopal District (Georgia). Rev. Miller was licensed to in 1982, ordained an Itinerant Deacon in 1985, and ordained an Itinerant Elder in1987. She has thirty (35) years in ministry and has served thirty (30) years as a pastor. her pastoral assignments include: Texas Chapel AME, Eatonton, GA (1988-1992); Piney Grove AME, Gaston, SC (1993-1998); Greater Hopewell AME, Irmo, SC (1998-2011) ; Williams AME, Lexington, SC (2011-2013); Emmanuel AME, Columbia, SC (2013 - Present ).
Rev. Miller's pastoral experiences embrace her assignment as the first female pastor of Texas Chapel AME, Greater Hopewell AME, and Emmanuel AME.
Her affiliations include serving as General Secretary of AME Women in Ministry (WIM), Coordinator of Columbia Conference WIM, member of South Carolina Christian Action Council, hold Out the Lifeline, NAACP, Columbia Interagency Group, and Emmanuel / Drew Senior Ministry.
She leaves to cherish her memories four (4) adult children: Harry (Michelle) Bry Jr. of Atlanta, GA, LeTondria Bry-Duffie ( Tyrone), Terycia (Harry) Williams - Arthur, and Terrence (Kayela) Williams Sr., all of Columbia, South Carolina; two sisters: Jessie Moore of Huntsville, AL, Maxine (Tommy) Brown of Carrolton, GA; three (3) brothers: Samuel Lucas, Jr. of auburn, AL, Steven Lucas of Prattville, AL, James Wesley (Felicia) 0f Auburn, AL; sixteen (16) grandchildren and ten (10) great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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