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News Broadcaster Stan Miller Getting the Good Word Out
by Cynthia Robertson

In September 2004, the buzz around the newsrooms and church groups was that KUSI-TV morning show host Stan Miller was now “Pastor” Stan. At age 49, Miller had burned out on TV and went to the pews to get a very different sort of news out. Pastor Tony Foglio at Sonrise Community Church had hired Miller as fulltime assistant and Miller was on his way to a new career.

Having left the news business for good, with no plans to return, Miller wanted to stay in the ministry for the rest of his life. “Quite frankly, I still do. But I went back to TV news because it was very hard to stay in San Diego with a family of five and make it financially,” Miller said.

When Channel 8 offered him the opportunity to come on board as a newscaster, he knew it would be a wise decision. In that way he could still be an evangelist while making a living in San Diego.

“I also support my mother and my wife’s mother financially,” he said. “So God gave me this job to support them for a season, and I have one kid left at home for one more year,” said Miller, whose youngest son Matt will be graduating next year.

Though Miller left Sonrise Community Church three years ago, he is still the evangelist-at-large. “That just means I still work out of Sonrise, but I don’t have a paid position. I do use it as my home base and still preach there,” he explained.

During this radical career move, Miller founded a new ministry, which he has named On Call. “I do this ministry solely on the weekends, preaching at other churches when pastors need a guest speaker. The Lord laid it on my heart to start this ministry because nobody else was doing it,” he said.

As a result, he has preached at most of the major churches in San Diego County, building a trust with countless pastors. “I’m on call 24 hours if they need me,” said Miller. “For instance, the pastor at New Venture Christian Fellowship in Oceanside had an aneurism, and the church called me on a Thursday night, so I preached for Shawn on that Saturday and Sunday.”

People forget that pastors get sick. They often don’t have an associate pastor or they just need a break. Pastors are burning out across America because they’re too afraid to let someone else go to the pulpit, Miller explained.

With almost 25 messages has ready on his computer, Miller can be ready at a moment’s notice, regardless of the topic. He has preached on everything from blended families to the crisis of our nation’s foundation, which he believes is happening just as badly from a media perspective.

“There’s so little positive news on TV. The year I was out of the news, I didn’t even watch it, and it changed my life. I had a more positive outlook on people, I was easier to get along with and I wasn’t thinking about all the problems in the world,” he said.

The worst thing you can do to go bed with a brain full of bad news, Miller believes. He often does not get home until after midnight, and he makes it a point to read the Word before he goes to bed. “You need to have the sword of the spirit, not just a bunch of garbage in there,” he said.

There are good points in the news, of course; there are things you need to know. People need to hear a certain portion of newscasts. “But unfortunately, there’s often nothing more than sensationalism, like somebody getting a person hit by a car in Florida and we’re showing it in California,” said Miller, who is the male anchor for the 5, 6:30 and 11 p.m. news.

Fascinated with gossip, murder, death and destruction, the same people who watch the news are the ones who stop at car wrecks, holding up traffic just to see a body. “We’ve become voyeurs, instead of watching TV news for content. I don’t think that’s what Christians need to see,” said Miller, who admitted to struggling each day in trying to reconcile his job with this reality.

On the positive side, however, Miller sees the newsroom as a platform to share Christ. “This platform has leaded help me to lead countless numbers of people to Christ, opens doors and sharing the gospel instead of the news,” he said.

If Miller were news director for a day, the news would consist only what was relative to people’s’ needs in the community. Those needs are how to be safe, healthy, and a discovery of what is good about the community as well as its crimes.

Another joyous ministry Miller takes part in is the Give Your Hear to Kids Hope Ride, in which 150 Harley Davidson riders get sponsors and ride in a 140-mile loop around San Diego to benefit the Camp Hope in Ramona.

This year was the3 rd annual ride. “This camp is for severely abused children, the worst of the worst,” said Miller. “It’s a place where they can find love and compassion, to live without fear, to get three square meals a day, to get to be a kid.”

“This ride is the most meaningful thing I do outside of sharing the gospel,” said Miller, who spends five months a year working on the details of the ride and benefit.

“I’ve always had a heart for young people where they’ve been stuck in a place and they think there’s no future. I want my life to show that you can grow up out of a really ugly situation, that God has a plan for you, and you can have a beautiful life. I just want those kids to get a break.”

The nation is suffering plenty of other ills due to spiritual darkness, Miller believes, often giving sermons on the subject. “We’re coming into a pivotal time in this country. I truly believe we’re living in the last days of the last days. I see it everyday in the news, and when I read the bible, it just confirms,” he said.

Miller will be preaching on July 19 at North Coast Calvary Chapel, speaking on this subject. He will talk about why Americans need to remember the foundation upon which their nation was built and get back to it.

“Lukewarm Christians need to be hot. The thing Christians need to understand is if we stood our ground, we’d actually affect every single election that happens ins this country. We need to vote our values, be vocal more than we are today. Everybody else stands up and speaks. We need to get up and stand up for Jesus, get real,” he said.

Listening to Miller, it is easy to understand when he admits that he wants to go back to ministry full-time, after his son Matt graduates and is on his way. “Hopefully, I’ll someday get my own church,” said Miller.

When Miller isn’t in the news room, being with his family or working on the next Hope Ride, he enjoys driving his Harley Davidson, going on long rides in the convertible up to the mountains, surfing, and golfing.

 

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