The Rev. Dr. J. Scott Miller became the pastor of Drayton Avenue on December 1, 2002. Before arriving here, Scott served as pastor of the Lincroft Presbyterian Church in Lincroft, NJ, and as the associate pastor of the North Presbyterian Church in Elmira, NY.
Scott is a life-long Presbyterian, having been baptized, confirmed, and ordained at the Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA. He is proud of his Presbyterian roots and very much committed to the Reformed tradition, but he also has a deep appreciation for other faith traditions and seeks in his ministry to affirm our common baptismal identity and celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ.
Scott believes that worship is central to all that we are and all that we do as a church. As a result, he gives a lot of careful thought to planning and leading worship at Drayton Avenue, working closely with the director of music and Worship and Music Commission. He also believes that children and youth are a vital part of the community of faith and looks for meaningful ways of including them in worship.
Scott and his wife Sally, a professional horticulturist, have been married since 1986. Together, they share an interest in gardening, cooking, swimming, traveling, photography, and entertaining family and friends in their home. Scott’s other interests include: reading, singing, listening to both jazz and classical music, walking his dog, and working out at the local YMCA.
Ever since attending his first worship conference at Montreat in 1988, Scott has become increasingly involved with the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM). He has been a regular participant at the Westminster Worship and Music Conference since 1989. He served on the 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, and 2005 planning committees for Westminster, and directed the conference in 1998. He has preached at that conference on two different occasions. He also served as a member-at-large on the PAM Executive Board from 2002 through 2004, and was the president of this national organization from 2008 to 2010.
Scott has a long-standing commitment to the supervision and care of candidates who are preparing for ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament, as well as other forms of ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). While in New Jersey, he supervised three student interns from Princeton Seminary, served a term on Monmouth Presbytery’s Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM), and read ordination exams for two years in a row. Since moving to Detroit Presbytery, Scott has served two terms on their CPM, has supervised two Commissioned Lay Pastor interns, and has served as co-moderator of that committee.
Scott has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in preaching and worship. His doctoral project was titled, “A Tearful Alleluia: The Funeral as Lament and Witness to the Resurrection,” a portion of which was published in Call to Worship (vol. 38.3). He did his undergraduate work at Thiel College in Greenville, PA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.