On August 26, 1979, Earlean Miller was ordained in the holy ministry. She was the first African American woman to become a Lutheran pastor in North America.

Rev. Miller earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her pastoral assignments included: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Greensboro, NC; Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN; St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL; Hope Lutheran Church in Columbus, OH; and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Robbins, IL.

Rev. Miller served the church on numerous boards and committees including: The Task Force of New Church Design, Synod Evangelism (MN Synod – LCA), Board of Directors of Greensboro, NC Urban Ministry, Board of Directors of Women’s Abuse of Substance Intervention Tactics (Columbus, OH), and the Committee on Discipline (Metro Chicago Synod). She was a trailblazing leader.