Who we are
The foundational beliefs of our ministry, and the driving force behind our church’s mission and vision, are centered around five core values:

 1.     Biblical Truth

2.      Prayer

3.      Worship

4.      Fellowship

5.      Evangelism  

The Biblical basis of our ministry can be found in the following scriptures:

1.      2 Corinthians 5:17-20

2.      Matthew 22: 36-40

Our History

Miller Evangelical Christian Union Church, formerly Brooklyn Christian Union Church, was founded in March 1969 by Reverend Austin Miller and his wife Reverend Pearline Miller, after they emigrated from Barbados .  Like so many Caribbean and West Indian Christians, the Millers wanted to create a church presence and experience similar to the way in which they worshipped and fellowshipped in the islands—one that was centered around strengthening community, evangelism and growing spiritually through the Word of God.

Like many churches, formed during this time, Miller Evangelical started from very humble beginnings.  Early members once gathered in the basement of a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment building  located on Macon Street in what was then known as the Brooklyn Christian Union Church.  As more people migrated from the Caribbean, and settled into New York City, membership at the Brooklyn Christian Union Church continued to grow.  

During the spring of 1972, as a result of the dedication, hard work and sacrifice of its members, the Brooklyn Christian Union Church purchased its first property and relocated the church from Bedford-Stuyvesant to 257 Rogers Avenue, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.  

In August 1989,  Rev. Bowles Taitt took up the mantle of leadership laid down by Reverends Austin and Pearline Miller and Rev. George Bayley, who followed the Millers upon their retirement to Florida, in 1987. In September 1995, the name of the church was officially changed from “Brooklyn Christian Union Church” to “Miller Evangelical Christian Union Church of the Churches of Christ in Christian Union” (“Miller Evangelical”) in honor of its founding pastors.  The name change also reflected the church’s continued commitment to evangelism.  Rev. Austin Miller passed away in March 1996, followed by his wife Rev. Pearline Miller in March 2006.

Passing the Torch

 In January 2018, after almost 30 years of dedicated service, Rev. Bowles Taitt announced that he would be stepping down from his role as senior pastor at the end of that year.  A pastoral search ensued and through prayer and the tireless and steadfast work of the pastoral search team, we were able to install, Rev. Justin C. Lockhart as the new senior pastor of Miller Evangelical on January 27, 2019.  

During his installation service, Rev. Lockhart preached three “P” principles that we needed to commit to as a body of believers—prayer, patience and participation.  Prayer, must always be at the foundation of everything we do as a ministry because our growth and success will depend on our commitment in seeking the Lord in prayer.  Patience, is an important tenet to always keep in mind because we move at God’s pace and not our own.  We must be patient as God continues to mold our church into His vision, under the leadership of Rev. Lockhart. And lastly, participation, as it relates to service.  Every believer’s responsibility is to be in service to God and one another.   

These principles continue to guide our ministry and our commitment to being intentional about creating a worship experience for all so that people can know God for themselves because, at Miller Evangelical, we endeavor to be a bridge that connects people across cultures, race and generations to Christ.

Our History

Miller Evangelical Christian Union Church, formerly Brooklyn Christian Union Church, was founded in March 1969 by Reverend Austin Miller and his wife Reverend Pearline Miller, after they emigrated from Barbados .  Like so many Caribbean and West Indian Christians, the Millers wanted to create a church presence and experience similar to the way in which they worshipped and fellowshipped in the islands—one that was centered around strengthening community, evangelism and growing spiritually through the Word of God.

Like many churches, formed during this time, Miller Evangelical started from very humble beginnings.  Early members once gathered in the basement of a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment building  located on Macon Street in what was then known as the Brooklyn Christian Union Church.  As more people migrated from the Caribbean, and settled into New York City, membership at the Brooklyn Christian Union Church continued to grow.  

During the spring of 1972, as a result of the dedication, hard work and sacrifice of its members, the Brooklyn Christian Union Church purchased its first property and relocated the church from Bedford-Stuyvesant to 257 Rogers Avenue, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.  

In August 1989,  Rev. Bowles Taitt took up the mantle of leadership laid down by Reverends Austin and Pearline Miller and Rev. George Bayley, who followed the Millers upon their retirement to Florida, in 1987. In September 1995, the name of the church was officially changed from “Brooklyn Christian Union Church” to “Miller Evangelical Christian Union Church of the Churches of Christ in Christian Union” (“Miller Evangelical”) in honor of its founding pastors.  The name change also reflected the church’s continued commitment to evangelism.  Rev. Austin Miller passed away in March 1996, followed by his wife Rev. Pearline Miller in March 2006.