Jule Lecrose Miller
Sketch On The Life Of Jule Miller
Jule Miller was born
January 14th, 1925 in Okolona, Kentucky. All his life he
celebrated his birthday on the 15th, as his mother always remembered
it that day. It was not until late in life that he found that his
birth certificate showed him to be born on the 14th. His parents
were Otto and Elizabeth Miller. He had two sisters Faye Heimer and
Ruth Jenkins. He also had one brother, Paul, all who lived in the
Louisville, Kentucky area.
At an early age his
mother taught him how to play the piano, and he entertained himself,
family and friends with it all his days. He was ear trained, yet
played with wonderfully pronounced syncopation and quality. He was
always a joy to listen to.
In January 1937, at the
age of twelve, he was baptized into Christ by Paul C. Duncan. As a
teenager he was actively involved in the work of the church. At
sixteen he drove an old Ford bus bringing twenty people to church
In 1945 he entered
Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas. While in school he began
preaching at Judsonia, Arkansas. Although he never saw himself as a
very effective preacher, he baptized thirty people during his
college years. While at Harding he met Judith "Judy" Mardell Hogan
in the school cafeteria. They were married by
Cleon Lyles September 7, 1947.
They raised ten
children: Mark Allen; Robin Lynn; Julia Beth; Laura Madelle; Patty
Ruth; Tammy Lee; David Scott; Wendy Kay; Todd Hogan; and Susan
Congregations he served
included: the Downtown Searcy congregation from 1949-1950 as the
Education Minister; The Ayers Street church in Corpus Christi, Texas
from 1951-1953; the Central church in Houston, Texas from 1953-1957
as the minister of Personal Evangelism; the Southwest congregation
in Houston from 1958-1959; the MacGregor Park church in Houston from
1960-1961. Other churches included the Shaw Street and Southeast
congregations in Houston. It was at the Southeast church where the
Millers did their greatest work. In addition to being members there
for 32 years, he also served several years as an elder in the
In 1956, Jule, along
with Texas H. Stevens, produced a series of film strips that were to
be used for evangelism purposes. They were called the "Visualized
Bible Study." Through the years, the wonderful story of God's plan
for man have been told in homes all over the world through the Jule
Miller Film Series. Today it is produced in numerous languages in
many different countries. Even the most novice of evangelists can be
effective by its use. It is arguably the greatest evangelist tool
ever produced by churches of Christ. Their organization, Gospel
Services, Inc. still provides Bible helps for evangelism all over
the world. In 1992 the film series were produced on VHS tape, with
the addition of eight hundred new art picture, numerous special
effects, and added audio sound. Ultimately they were placed on the
In later years a
companion series was produced by Texas H. Stevens and Jule Miller.
It was entitled, "Now That I'm a Christian."
In 1969, Jule was
selected as Harding's Distinguished Alumnus. He was again honored by
Harding University in 1998 for his years of distinguished service.
In 1984 the Millers
began holding soul-winning workshops throughout the nation. For
years the Millers flew all over the globe, a different church every
weekend, teaching evangelism techniques to the brotherhood. By 1998
the Millers had conducted more than 350 such workshops, Jule
teaching the men, and Judy the women. They were only stopped when
Jule's health concerns forced him to stop.
In his non-profit
ministry, Bible Share, he assisted missionaries all over the world
helping them obtain Bibles, filmstrips, projectors and material. He
spent many mornings at the breakfast table at home writing letters,
and helping in what every way he could in promoting the gospel.
Judy is a very talented
woman, and was a wonderful help meet to Jule all their married
years. She has written books, and teaches women and children.
Some of the books she has written include Cups Running Over,
and Reach For The Stars, a devotional book for young people.
The relationship she had with Jule was wonderful. They were together
for nearly 53 years as husband and wife.
deteriorating during the last couple of years of his life. He
remained busy and active until the last few months. He was diagnosed
with Vascular Parkinson's Disease in February, 2000. However, at the
end of June he and his family were devastated with the news that he
had Leukemia. Immediately their children came from as far as the
Fiji Islands to be at their father's side.
On the Sunday before
his death, he was too weak to attend the worship services, though he
was eager to make the effort. His granddaughter, Candice, was
baptized into Christ at the morning services. He had spoken with his
granddaughter the previous Sunday about her desires to obey the
gosple. Since he was not able to attend, the baptism was filmed.
When the family came back home, they played the video of the baptism
for Jule. He said, "Isn't that wonderful!" Soon after this he gave
the family what could be said as his last sermon. He said, "In World
War two there was a man named Adolf Hitler who ruled Nazi Germany.
Because of Adolf Hitler, millions of people were killed . . . And
there are millions of people today who are dying in their sins. If
we will take the gospel of Christ to them, millions can be saved.
We've got to tell them about Jesus! . . .I want all of you to spread
the Gospel and bring others to Christ. I cannot tell you how much
inspiration it meant to me when each of you came into the world. All
of us can work together to have one goal: To make Christians-to
bring others to Christ."
A little before 6:00
pm, on Tuesday, July 4th, amidst a room full of wife, children and
grandchildren, he breathed his last breath. It was fitting that
Independence Day became Jule Miller's independence day as well.
The funeral was held at
the Southeast Church of Christ in Houston, Texas. Texas H. Stevens
officiated. Jule's daughter, Jean sang, "You Are The Wind Beneath My
Wings," and "Household of Faith," a song that had been sung at the
weddings of all their children. His body was laid to rest at the
Forest Park-Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
At the time of his
death he and Judy had 10 children and 29 grandchildren, a wonderful
legacy. But his legacy continues through the teaching of the gospel
through Bible Correspondence Courses and his film series. The Gospel
Advocate named Jule Miller as one of the 20th century's most
influential men in contributing to the growth of the Lord's church.
It can truly be said that he being dead, yet speaks.
-Webmaster's Note: Gleanings from
Preachers Of Today, Various Web articles, etc. However the greatest
source was from a book written by Judy Miller entitled, "Last Mile
Of The Way," released in 2003 chronicling the last year and one-half
of Jule Miller's life. It was my honor to receive a copy of this
book after a phone visit with Judy, and her daughter Julia Wright
some time in early 2004. When I discussed then my intentions for
this this website, she was most encouraging and helpful. I visited
Jule Miller's grave in October, 2004. My express thanks are extended
to Sister Judy Miller in the production of this site. Her influence
and permission to use excerpts from the book have been most helpful
in its production. It is one of the most precious volumes I have
ever read. Jule was a wonderful man of God, supported by an equally
wonderful life-long mate. No website dedicated to the pursuits of
preserving the history of the Restoration Movement could justly
leave out the person and work of Jule Miller.
The Background of the Filmstrip Bible
In my weekend workshops at various places, the
question often is asked, "How did you get started with the filmstrip
idea?" The following gives a partial answer.
Beginning with my teenage years, I have been
interested in bringing others to Christ. I remember well driving an
old Ford bus on a country route to bring several families to worship
in Louisville, Ky., when I was only 16 years old.
While I was at Harding University, some of us
decided that conducting weekly home Bible studies was the best way
we could use a night of the week. When we returned home from a Bible
study, our roommates almost invariably asked, "How many attended
your class tonight?" Very seldom did any of them ask if someone was
converted. Conversions were few and far between.
In those days a home Bible study would continue
week after week for months. Sometimes a study would be in session
for the whole school year with only an occasional baptism.
Some six years later I was in my second year
working with the Central congregation in Houston as educational
director. The elders made a survey and found to their dismay that
200 of the people in the church directory had not attended an
assembly of the church for two years.
All the elders and staff accepted assignments to
visit these people and see if they could be helped. When I visited
the non-attenders who were listed for me, I found that all of them
were seriously deficient in their knowledge of Jesus and His church.
I decided then to find some means of teaching prospects more
thoroughly so after they were baptized, they would remain faithful
to the Lord. This is how the idea for the filmstrips was born.
When the first set of filmstrips was ready, I
decided to test them a few times before making them available to
others. My first prospect was a man from the Assembly of God faith
who attended Central with his wife, a faithful member of the church.
I asked "Blacky" if he would like to know more about the Church of
Christ. When he said "yes," I was excited but a little nervous.
In my mind "home Bible study" visions of a study
lasting six months to a year. But now we had condensed and compacted
a great deal of material into a comprehensive five-lesson study.
Hopefully, this had been done in a logical and systematic manner,
and I was about to "prove the pudding." I felt that visuals in full
color (pictures, charts, scriptures and maps) would help the
prospect to understand and assimilate the wealth of information in
just five lessons.
On the fourth Thursday night, I showed the
filmstrip, "God's Plan for Redeeming Man." At the close I found the
courage to tell "Blacky" that I would like to baptize him for the
remission of sins. He said, "What are we waiting for? Let's go!"
I sat back in utter shock. Never before had I
seen a person taught and baptized in only four easy lessons. This
marked a new era for me in saving souls. In the two-week period
following "Blacky's" baptism, seven more precious souls were
baptized into Christ. The following week 10 were baptized.
All of these new Christian people had been well
taught with the filmstrips prior to their baptism. They had been
through a survey of the whole Bible. They had learned of God's grace
and His plan for redeeming man. In a survey two years later we found
that 90 percent of those who had been won for Christ in a filmstrip
Bible study were still faithful. More than 30 these new Christians
were out teaching others.
All of these events gave me great encouragement
that God would use the filmstrips to save many souls and enlarge the
borders of His Kingdom. That first "trial run" was 27 years ago. Now
thousands of the filmstrips are being used all over the world. We
update and improve them periodically, so the worldwide demand and
—Jule Miller, Gospel Advocate, July
16, 1987, page 421
Jule And Judy Miller In January,
From The Back Cover Of Last Mile Of The Way
Front Cover Of March 27, 1973 Issue
Of Firm Foundation With Jule Miller (R) And Tex Stevens (L)
Shown Editing And Preparing Perhaps The Greatest And Most Successful
Tool Of Evangelism
Used In The 20th Century, Thousands Came To Christ Through The Jule
Miller Film Series
Front Cover Of The Minister's
Vol. 11 No. 7, March, 1965
Honoring Jule Miller
Directions To The
Grave Of Jule Miller
Jule Miller is buried in the
Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery at 6900 Lawndale Ave., Houston, Texas.
Phone #713-928-5141. In central downtown Houston take I-45 south.
Take Exit 42. Travel on the Frontage Road (Gulf Fwy) down until you
can turn left on S. Wayside Dr. (ALT 90). Counting on the right
travel 8 or 9 streets and turn right on Lawndale St. The cemetery
will be on your right and left. The Miller plot will be on the left
at the very end (northern end) of the cemetery. Below is a map showing Jule Miller buried in
what is identified by the red "3" on the map.
1. J.P. Wilhite
2. John E. Dunn
3. Jule Miller
29° 43' 697" N x 95° 18' 070" W
Grave Faces NE
Section A Lot 168 Space 10
Park/Lawndale North Entrance
Section A Is Located At The
Northern End Of The North Cemetery
Lecrose Miller - US Army - Jan. 14, 1925 - July 4, 2000
Judith H. Miller - Beloved Wife - June 2, 1927 -