Dean Miller is a graduate of Freed Hardeman University (1976).  He has preached for over 40 years, 33 of which were with the Hartville church of Christ in Hartville, OH.  He is now working with the Maury City church of Christ in Maury City, Tennessee.

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Dean himself is a widower.  He and Ruth Ann met when they were 15 years old, wed at 19, and enjoyed 41 years of marriage before she passed away in 2013.  They were blessed with three daughters (Michelle, Melissa, & Deanna) and five grandchildren (Riley, Evan, Emma, Brooklyn, & Abby).


Michelle lives in Smyrna, TN and attends the LaVergne Church of Christ in LaVergne, TN where she teaches Bible classes and helps work with the youth group.

IMG-8274Melissa is married to Tony Cere and together they have two children, Evan and Brooklyn.  They attend the University City Church of Christ in Gainesville, FL where Tony serves as Deacon over the K-5 Bible School, Melissa teaches Bible classes, and they are both active in the young professionals group.



Deanna is married to Chris Johnson and together they have 3 girls, Riley, Emma, and Abby.  They attend the Villa Rica Church of Christ in Villa Rica, GA where Chris serves as Deacon over the Lads to Leaders program, Deanna works as the church secretary, and they both teach classes.

While working full-time,  Dean served as caregiver for his wife who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2005.  On Christmas morning of 2013, Ruth Ann passed away at the age of 61 with her husband and firstborn child at her bedside.

During months of grieving, Dean began to realize the need for more attention and discussion about widowhood, what it is like, how to cope with it, and how to serve those experiencing it.  This is what led to the development of the Widowhood Workshop ministry.