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100 Year Tribute to First Baptist Church Brandon, Florida

Its Mission and Vision for the Future

by Rear Admiral Joseph H. Miller & Editor Ms. Cathy Miller



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/29/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 446
ISBN : 9781512733266
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 446
ISBN : 9781512733259

About the Book

This book is unique. There is no other tribute like it. The church is the people. The people who are “true” Christians are listed in God’s Book in heaven. This church has survived for 100 years because of small groups of people.

There is no church history book that lists over 100 pages of testimonies from people about how their church has blessed them. Their testimonials are a book in itself. One cannot read the testimonial section and not be blessed. “True” Christians, for the first time, have been given the opportunity to speak for God as a testimony to the world about one of His universal churches.

This book lists some of the great sermons of the ministry leaders of the church.

The many problems that God’s people and the church must face the next hundred years are listed.

The churches in America are in a spiritual declined in influence and numbers. The people must act! Probably the only known course for this to happen is in the summary of this book.

There is only One Church that will be exalted and glorified during the End Times.

God’s church, founded by Jesus’ Apostles 2000 years ago, is based on the teachings of Christ Jesus. The First Baptist Church of Brandon was brought into existence by men of God based on New Testament teachings.

700 years before Jesus was born there were fifty prophecies about Jesus in Isaiah alone. Some scholars call Isaiah “The Fifth Gospel” after Matthew Mark, Luke, and John. (46, p. 187)

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Lev. 19:18) was written 1400 years before Christ. John describes Jesus at the Creation. “In the beginning was the Word ,and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

This tribute is a model for any church.

About the Author

Rear Admiral Joseph H. Miller (MC) USNR retired from the Navy Reserve in 1986 after 34 years (credited with nine years of active duty) Since retirement with annual Permissive Orders he has had consecutive Navy Orders since 1952 or for 62 years. The Permissive Orders included informal visits to Navy hospitals. RADM Miller completed three years as the first reservist to serve as a Deputy Surgeon General, Pentagon, and concurrently as Commander Naval Reserve Force, Force Medical Officer 1983-1986. On active duty he served as Chief of Neurosurgery, National Naval Medical Center, and subsequently as Chief of Neurosurgery, US Naval Hospital, Da Nang, Vietnam. As a consultant to the Surgeon General RADM Miller chaired a committee of five prominent civilian leaders of neurosurgery to develop a Navy neurosurgical residency. While in the Pentagon, with Dr. Barry, he wrote and staffed the directive for the establishment of Physician Reservists in Medical Universities and Schools. (PRIMUS) RADM Miller has been to Bethesda over 100 times, Yokosuka, Japan 40 times, San Diego 24 times, Pearl Harbor 22 times, and every other Navy Hospital in the world. (For two months he personally provided neurosurgery coverage at the Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii) He served in the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J4) war planning section as the only Flag officer. Later, at his recommendation, a Flag officer billet was established in J4. The first assignment was a Navy Reserve Flag Officer.

He had duty with the Commander in Chief Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, December 1982, February 1983, and February 1984. RADM Miller’s Military decorations include: Legion of Merit, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Navy Unit Commendations, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Navy Pistol Marksmanship, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, and Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V.

In civilian life RADM Miller practiced Neurosurgery from 1960 through December 2000. He served as Chief of Neurosurgery at Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery University of Tennessee and University of Tennessee Training Director in Neurosurgery at the Methodist University Hospital. (1983-2000)

RADM Miller was Founder and Director of the Memphis Neurosciences Center at Methodist Hospital and the University of Tennessee. He developed an international academic interchange in Neurosurgery with 27 countries. He is currently on the Voluntary Faculty of USF Medical School, Tampa, Florida.

He is certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery and his memberships include: The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, The Society of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons, The Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces. Civilian activities include: Mission Service Corps, The White House, May 1978, served on the Boards of Union University, Mars Hill College, Samford University, and Regions Bank. He has researched and lectured on the Philosophy of War more than ninety times.

RADM Miller has been a Christian for 72 years, a Southern Baptist Deacon for 62 years, and taught Sunday school for 58 years. He is currently a member of First Baptist Church, Brandon, Florida. He is a 5,258-hour pilot and recently passed the course to be a Coast Guard Captain. He is married to Cathy Miller and they live in Apollo Beach, Florida.

He developed 24 Clinical Teaching Systems as a “cerebral computer model”. He was an invited medical lecturer 56 times and had numerous Medical Journal publications.

He is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia with an M.D. degree in 1955 and Mercer University with an AB degree in 1951. He was also a proud graduate of Ludowici Georgia High School where they were second place in the state in Basketball in 1947.

Author of 14 Books Since Retirement:

Mysteries of the Southern Baptist Beliefs Revealed

You Live! You Die! Who Decides

Faked Disability: A Shame of America

Explore the Brain for the Soul

Calvin, The Psychopath

The One Love

Eighty Years Behind The Masts (My Autobiography)

After 400 Years of the King James Bible

The Few

Scriptures for Life


Radical Islam Hopes to Take Over Our Country (The Sword of Islam)

Eternal Truth

100-Years First Baptist Church Brandon, Florida, It’s Mission and Vision for the Future

(19 December 1915 to 19 December 2015) [To be published in 2016]

Experience for Writing This Book

The Editor has traveled in many places in the world where Eternal Truth is not known! (My wife, Cathy, has traveled with me on a vast majority of these trips)

He has been a member of eight Southern Baptist Churches and has served on virtually every committee of a Southern Baptist Church. Because of this he can see that the success of First Baptist Church Brandon is due to the long term ministries and many men and women leaders through all the years among the membership, which are noted in the book.