It’s with a heavy heart that I’m writing to let you know of the passing of Pastor Paul Miller. Paul left us and went to be with Jesus early Sunday morning. He died peacefully in his sleep. Paul’s doctor believes that his sudden death was most likely caused by an aneurism or blood clot.

Paul and Amy have been on our staff for 30 years, and in our church longer than that. Paul was the leader and architect of our worship and arts team. He was not only a gifted worship leader, but a remarkable team builder. He poured his life into dozens of leaders, young and old, and leaves a legacy that is unmeasurable. I’ve told many people that Life Center is what it is in large part because of Paul. There are many of us who remember with gratitude Paul’s anointed worship leading. There are also hundreds of us whom he loved and invested in—Paul lived our motto of loving God and loving people. He had a huge heart!

For the past 8 years, Paul has been sidelined by a variety of physical illnesses. Just recently, he reengaged in ministry, leading our facilities team, mentoring NWLC students, and serving as interim pastor at Life Center Coeur d’Alene. I’m grateful that we were able to serve together again these past few months.

Obviously, we can’t have a memorial service any time soon. But we are going to plan one that Paul would love—a worship celebration—and we’ll let you know when it’s scheduled.

The family appreciates all the warm support they’ve received. We don’t want them to be overwhelmed, so rather than texting or calling, we ask you to go to Paul J. Miller’s Facebook page and leave your messages of condolence, memories or prayers there as a tribute to Paul.

Finally, we ask you to pray. Pray for the family, for our staff and church, for all Paul’s friends, and for me—Paul was one of my life-long friends.

Grieving for our loss…rejoicing for Paul’s gain,

Pastor Joe

Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.