Captains Andy and Abby Miller connect the dots between faith and work. Whether working with their homeless ministry or community leaders, the Miller’s intertwine their church and social ministry through hospitality. Together, they see hospitality as a way to make room for others, especially the marginalized, and love strangers.
“Social service is the wrong way to think of our ministry,” Andy said. “When we’re reaching out to the homeless we’re doing it because of the hospitality we’ve received from Christ.”
The Millers are lead pastors at The Church on the Loaf, which is located on Sugarloaf Parkway in Georgia. Their congregation, or corps, as it is called in The Salvation Army, is one of the largest in USA. They currently have 250 in their congregation. Although small compared to mega-churches, they are committed to working with community leaders and wealthy influencers to leverage their connection to the Army with people in need.
Whether in the company of celebrities or in a poor housing complex, the people he meets call him “Captain Andy.” He shares how within 24 hours, he once chatted with Emmitt Smith and also with children and families in a low-income housing complex. Both introduced him to friends saying, “This is the Captain.” For him, that experience was a summary of the opportunities that God has given him. Yet, both call him to use his influence for ministry.
“All the things that I approach, I do so through the lens of how I understand Scripture and God’s story and how I get to join him in that story,” Andy said.