Rev. Dr. Vera E. Miller was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the last of five children to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Evans, Sr. She attended elementary schools in both Alpharetta and Smyrna, Georgia, and graduated from the Lemon Street High School in Marietta, Georgia. From there she earned a B.A. degree from Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, where she majored in chemistry and minored in biology and mathematics with emphasis on secondary education. She completed additional graduate studies at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester Medical School. She received a Master of Science Education in Counseling from SUNY Brockport and a Master of Divinity from the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS). She furthered her studies in the Doctor of Ministry program of Transformative Leadership at CRCDS and received her doctorate on May 14, 2005.
Vera gave her life to Christ at the age of 10, and attended the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Roswell, Georgia, where she was also baptized and married. She was an active participant in the civil rights movement in the South in the 60’s. In the early 70’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 also worked on member recruitment for the Urban League of Rochester. 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. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
This year marks Rev. Miller’s 20th year as pastor of Genesee Baptist Church. The church has experienced a tripled increase in attendance since she became pastor. Her accomplishments include initiating a Summer Arts Program for youth in the surrounding neighborhood, and instituting various projects to raise money for building and grounds improvements. She has served on the Ordination Review Committee of the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region for more than 10 years and received a recognition award for outstanding service. She was also 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.
Pastor Vera has mentored 19 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. She loves to work for the Lord and her favorite Bible verse, as well as her ministerial motto, is John 3:17: “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Vera loves to sing and has an extensive musical background. As a student at Talladega, she was one of only six chosen freshmen to travel with the Talladega College Tour Concert Choir. She has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York with the former Charles Walker Chorale and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the “Requiem for Brother Martin.” She sang with the Rochester Community Choir under the direction of Alvin Parris, the Martin Luther King Choir under the direction of Julius Dicks, the William Watson Singers, and the Gateways Festival Choir. She toured western New York cities as a soloist with Chuck Mangione. She has been a faithful singer in various church and community choirs, and continues to sing in her church choir.
Vera appears in the documentary film “Banished” and is recognized in the credits as a contributor.
Vera has three adult children: Rogena L. Miller, M.D., Rodney M. Miller and Veronica E. Miller. The joys of her life are her three grandchildren: Donovan Lee, Michelle Leola, and Sidney Marie.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!