I Am Wilshire: Annette Miller.
Hometown: Alba, Texas, but born in Oklahoma;
Education: MBA, Univ. of Central Oklahoma; BS in Medical Technology, Oklahoma Baptist Univ.
Profession: President, LifeSync Leadership
Present city: Flower Mound
Tell us about your family.
I live with my husband, Rich, and schnoodle, Pixie Dust. Our twin sons are nearby; both are married and have children. We have five grandchildren.
How about your work or volunteer life?
Through my own company, I provide operations and leadership development consulting to small nonprofits and businesses and also churches. On the side, I am the chief of staff for the Mental Wellness Interfaith Alliance of North Texas which is made up of a group of congregations including Wilshire. I am a Birkman Advanced Certified Consultant and Mental Health First Aider.
What are your favorite places to travel?
We enjoyed a dream vacation in Paris a few years ago. I’d love to visit Italy and find my roots in Scotland.
What brought you to Wilshire and when?
I joined Wilshire in 2018, over a year after the big vote to accept everybody. I was serving on the Texas Baptist executive board of directors but missed the meeting when they voted Wilshire out of the conference. When I heard about it, I was appalled. I later left my church in Lewisville, resigned serving on the executive board and joined Wilshire. My husband is still serving in the music ministry at my former church.
Where are you engaged at Wilshire?
Belong Team, New Member Committee, Stephen Ministry, Chronic and Undiagnosed Illness Community Support Group and Knit Unto Others.
What has surprised you most about Wilshire?
Wilshire is truly a healthy church, and members exhibit unconditional acceptance.
What do you think God is up to in your life right now?
I’ve been working on courage in the past year and have made significant progress.
Tell us about your faith journey.
A few years ago, I had an identity crisis that included a mental, physical and spiritual crisis. A Wilshire Stephen Minister helped me accept that it’s normal to have spiritual questions. My healing from this led me to publish a book on using critical thinking to work through spiritual questions.
What’s something interesting most people wouldn’t know about you?
My favorite series is Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia on Netflix.
What adjectives describe you?
Warm, curious, fast-paced, entrepreneurial, emotional.
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