Rev. Danny and Joanne Miller
Danny grew up in a stable but non-christian family in Portsmouth, Hampshire, but has always been conscious of the existence of God as long as he can remember. In the late Seventies Danny was invited to attend Sunday School by his mother who may have wanted to get him and his brothers and sisters out of the way on a Sunday morning.
Danny absorbed the incredible stories of Moses, Noah, Joseph and many others. In 1979 Danny was given first prize for Sunday School attendance at the local Methodist Church and received his first ever bible. He read it, kept it in his bed at night and began to want to know where God was.
In 1983 a younger couple joined the church and started a youth group which Danny joined from day one, and every summer the group would attend a bible camp with other church youth groups. In 1985, the theme was the return of Jesus and it was clear that the Lord was working in Danny’s life. On Thursday 15th August 1985, Danny went for a short walk, and upon his return to the camp, all the other seventy teenagers had disappeared. No one was at the camp field and Danny began to think that he had missed his opportunity to accept Jesus into his life, however to his surprise he saw his tent leader, a man called Bryan Ayrton who worked with the London City Mission. Bryan explained that all the other teens had gone to Winchester to go swimming. The conversation soon went to Jesus coming again for those who loved Him and belonged to Him. It was that sunny afternoon that Danny knelt down in his tent and asked Jesus into his life.
In March 1987 Danny was baptised in the Holy Spirit, he later felt the Call to attend Bible College and attended one in Scotland.
In 1994 Danny was back in Portsmouth when sadly his older brother was killed in a car crash, the following months were very difficult for him and felt particularly hurt by the church who had little contact with him following the loss of his brother and because he had pulled back from his duties in the church.
This hurt led to being quite bitter, and decided to leave his church. However, Danny still loved the Lord and therefore wanted to move to a place where he felt there wouldn’t be any Christians…so Danny left Portsmouth, his local church and got a job a Soccer Coach upstate New York in the USA. He found new friends that use to take him into New York at the weekends, but as the months ticked by, he began to miss the fellowship with Jesus.
Danny eventually got his life right with God and returned to the UK, Danny even returned to the very church he was once bitter with. However, Danny felt that the Call on his life was over. He had sinned, he had messed up and felt though there was a God, he felt he blown it in being used by Him.
All that changed in August 1995. By then Danny was working at a Family Portrait Photographers and became good friends with Paul, Paul also worked for the same company. Danny and Paul use to talk about their hopes and dreams, Paul would say how he wanted to travel around Europe and he’d ask Danny what he wanted to do. I don’t know anymore’, was the response. All his life Danny had dreamt of serving the Lord, being a preacher, a pastor, serving him on the mission field. All of that was before Danny left for America.
‘How about going out tonight into Portsmouth with me and my two friends?’, Paul asked Danny one afternoon. Danny said yes but later changed his mind and told Paul he’d see Paul the next day at work. Danny never saw Paul again. That night Paul and his two friends were all killed in a car accident, all were just 21 years old. The driver had been drinking and hit a tree just outside Portsmouth.
At the funeral, Danny sat the furthest at the back of the church and as the coffin came down the isle past Danny, the Lord spoke to him in such a clear powerful voice. ‘You could have been among the dead, but you weren’t because I have plans for you, you belong to me and no matter what you have done, or where you have been I have chosen you and set you apart to fulfil the calling I have given you’.
From 1995, Danny ploughed himself into the work of the Lord, and for the next few years worked in Romania. Danny soon joined a Christian Radio station and later hosted a show with a daily audience of thirty-five million listeners. This work took Danny all over the world, and was able to see incredible things the Lord is doing in many other nations. From praying in the Knesset in Israel, to presenting radio shows in Las Vegas, or Miami. To speaking in far away nations such as Bible Colleges in Namibia, or Cape Town, or Zambia the Lord has taken Danny to minister the Word of the Lord to many places around the world.
Danny also met his future wife, Joanna at the radio station and married in 2002 Danny has always had a shepherd’s heart, and accepted the role of Youth Pastor in Pennsylvania. Danny also hosted a radio show with WCTL and even became Head Soccer Coach at the local High School, converting the team to follow Portsmouth FC. Danny & Joanna had Grace their first daughter in America, and Elliana was born in the UK.
In September 2010 Danny was appointed Senior Pastor of Hope Church in Rotherham, UK where he is now living and serving. The church is growing and developing in becoming a beacon of hope to the South Yorkshire region.