Dr. Bernie Miller is the founding Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He founded the church in 1996 and answered his call
Dr. Bernie Miller is the founding Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He founded the church in 1996 and answered his call to pastor in 1991. This is Dr. Miller’s 50th year in broadcasting; his 26th year in ministry and the church’s 21st anniversary. Dr. Miller was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, but his mother moved to Baltimore, MD, when he was 3 years old. He started his radio career in high school, at the age of 16 in Baltimore in 1967. The first station for which he worked, WEBB, was owned by the late James Brown.
On July 7, 1996, over 250 people attended their first worship service at 1321 N. Moore Rd. Former Mayor John Kinsey proclaimed July 7, 1996, “A Day of New Beginnings.” In August, 2001, New Covenant Fellowship bought eighteen acres to accommodate their unprecedented growth. “We needed $150,000 to buy the property, but we only had $50,000 on hand” said Dr. Miller. So, “A local business person, who asked to remain anonymous, donated $100,000 so we could buy the property” said Dr. Miller.
On March 3, 2002, after securing a 1.3 million dollar loan, they moved into their new facility at 1326 N. Moore Rd. Dr. Miller set aside half an acre of land for a community food garden to supply fresh food to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, church members and the Woodmore community.
Grammy Award winning gospel artist, Phil Driscoll, Cece Winans, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dottie Peoples, and Vickie Yohe have performed free concerts in their new high-tech facility to celebrate the church’s 10th, 16th, and 18th anniversaries, respectively. For their 20th church anniversary celebration, Grammy and Stellar Award winner Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers performed July 8, 2017.
Dr. Miller arrived in Chattanooga in 1990 by way of New York City where he worked as Vice President of artists and repertoire for SONY/Epic Records, from 1987 to 1989. On the Epic roster were over 25 artists including, The Jacksons, the late Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross, respectively. In addition, he wrote several songs for which he received both gold and platinum record awards with the most famous being, Grammy nominated, “I Can’t Stand the Rain”, first recorded by Ann Peebles and later by Larry Graham, Tina Turner, and Missy Eliott. Ann Peebles version is showcased in the Stax Museum of American Music. It was also performed by Queen Latifah for PBS’s ‘In Performance’ at the White House to commemorate Black Music Month in 2013.
The 700 Club selected Dr. Miller to be interviewed for their 50th anniversary celebration that aired on the CBN network. Dr. Miller’s interview was well received, so Molly Young, CBN’s senior producer, invited Dr. Miller to share his testimony live, September 30, 2011 at CBN’s black-tie dinner before over 400 longtime partners of the 700 Club.
Dr. Miller received several awards for his work in communications. Black Enterprise Magazine voted Dr. Miller one of the country’s top 25 broadcasters in 1985 for his work in Chicago with Tom Joyner on Johnson Publishing Company’s WJPC radio station. He received the “Monarch Award in Communications” from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Nu Omega Chapter. In 1988, he was the recipient of the “Black Achievers in Industry Award” from the Harlem Branch YMCA of Greater New York. In 1994, Dr. Miller was voted the most popular Morning Drive radio personality in Chattanooga.
Dr. Miller hosted a nationally syndicated gospel program that was heard on the Moody Bible broadcasting network. Currently, he is the host of two distinctly different radio programs in Chattanooga: “Power Praise,” the #1 Black gospel music program on WJTT-Power94 with a 31.8 Nielsen Rating; and “Sunday Celebration,” on the #1 contemporary Christian music station, J103.
In 2010, Dr. Miller was named “Man of the Year” from Tennessee and received the “Distinguished Christian Statesman Award” by the Atlanta based RossReportNews.net Ministries. In 2011, Rainbow Push bestowed upon him their God’s Trombone Award for his excellent service and outstanding achievement.
Dr. Miller has served as chairman on numerous boards and advisory panels, such as the U.S. Census Bureau’s African-American Race & Ethnicity Advisory Committee; the Chattanooga Housing Authority, (where he balanced their budget for the first time in the authority’s history and amended their procedures to house the victims of Hurricane Katrina); and he chaired the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Dr. Miller was invited to the White House for the Medal of Freedom Ceremony honoring Civil Rights pioneer, the late Dr. Benjamin Hooks; the arrival ceremony for His Excellency, Kibaki and the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
Dr. Miller is a graduate of Covington Theological Seminary. He was the first to receive Covington Seminary’s Alumni of the Year award at their 2006 graduation ceremony where he received a Doctorate of Divinity. Dr. Miller and his wife Madelene have a son named Zachary.
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