“The most important yet unknown leader referenced in this PhD program at a Southern Baptist seminary is a man named Jack Miller” – Mike Graham
In 2012, pastor Mike Graham began studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to earn his Ph.D. in Applied Theology. While attending Ph.D. seminars, Mike was surprised that, in a Southern Baptist doctoral context, the faculty at Southeastern had assigned a significant number of books written by authors who had been influenced directly or indirectly by the late Dr. Jack Miller, a name he recognized. Mike, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor, had gone through The Sonship Course, a leadership training program introduced by Jack and World Harvest Mission, while attaining his masters degree. Many of his peers and professors, however, hardly recognized the name. When Mike shared with them Jack’s sphere of influence, the president of Southeastern, Dr. Danny Akin, encouraged Mike to change his original thesis and instead dedicate his Ph.D. research to writing a biography on Jack Miller.