Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Dr. Grace Miller

Grace Ju Miller is the Dean of Science, Education and Social Sciences at Taylor University. Prior to this, she was a professor of Biology at Indiana Wesleyan University. She was also the Seed Bank director at ECHO in Ft. Myers, FL a Christian agricultural missions agency working with farmers around the world. She has taught Sustainable Tropical Agriculture for 15 years in Haiti, Nicaragua, and Honduras for Gordon College and Indiana Wesleyan University. She was also a professor of Biology at Gordon College for 11 years. She is passionate about integration of faith in the Christian liberal arts.  Her research is on the antibacterial and nutritional qualities of Moringa, a plant that is considered a superfood and used in cleaning water and feeding programs. 

She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Botany and Art, received her MS in Agronomy from University of California-Davis and her PhD in Horticulture from Purdue University. Her summer jobs have included being a Park Ranger at Cape Lookout National Seashore and a backpacking guide at Young Life’s Wilderness Ranch in Colorado. She has taken students on Marine Biology snorkeling trips to Venezuela, Kenya and Malaysia.

She is married to Garth and has two children, they also served at an orphanage in Morocco for 2 years.

Reflection Questions

  1. If you have not tried practicing Sabbath rest, can you try to add Sabbath to your week (individual or group effort)? It can be in small increments but a whole day would be ideal!
  2. Try taking 15 minutes for 15 days (it can be spread out over the semester) to be in nature, without distractions (no phones or headset) and be quiet and listen and talk to God. Soak in your surroundings and really observe God’s creation.

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