2018 FIA Banquet Pr. Vera bio

Rev. Dr. Vera E. Miller is the epitome of faith in action.  She gave her life to Christ at the age of 10. She was an active participant in the civil rights movement in the South in the 1960’s. In the early 1970’s, Vera became an active Rochester community participant. She was a member of the Kodak Jaycees, the Board of Bilingual Health Education of Action for A Better Community, and the Board of the United Cancer Council (now Cancer Action). She gave many cancer awareness workshops in area churches and smoking cessation workshops and was a Hospice volunteer for the council. She is a retired science teacher from the Rochester City School District, where she taught for 25 years, and a member of the Rochester Police Department Clergy Response Team.

Reverend Miller has served for 22 years as pastor of Genesee Baptist Church. Her accomplishments include initiating a Summer Arts Program for youth in the surrounding neighborhood. She has served on the Ordination Review Committee of the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region for more than 10 years. She was presented with the Sojourner Truth Award, the highest award given by The Rochester Genesee Valley Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Pastor Vera loves to sing and has an extensive musical background. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Eastman Theater. She has been a faithful singer in various church and community choirs, as well as her own church’s choirs.

Pastor Vera has mentored at least 20 student ministers through their Master of Divinity Degree programs at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She continues to dedicate babies, and baptize, marry, and win souls for Christ through the preaching of the Gospel.