Cameron Miller is a Hoosier by birth, a preacher and writer by profession, and a priest and spiritual guide by vocation. His stories and poems bubble up from the soil of encounters with the holy in the places many people avoid.
He was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, a rustbelt city cradled by an ocean of corn and soybeans in the Heartland. Coming of age in the crucible of the late sixties, early involvement with the anti-war movement and United Farm Workers, jobs in construction, the county road crew, and a mental health unit, as well as his personal pilgrimage into alcohol and drug abuse, all moved Cameron off course from the flat world of his middle class upbringing.
While the life of a parish priest is caricatured in popular entertainment as a soft ride on the alternating waves of innocence and hypocrisy, the actual walk is into the darkness of grief, tragedy, woundedness, and the scars of injustice alongside the hopes and passages of marriage, birth, aging, and community. Side by side with the more obvious roles of priest and spiritual guide is the silent, private, and sometimes anonymous act of simple presence with those who suffer
Glimpses of holiness in unexpected places are the muse for this author.
Cameron graduated from Burris Laboratory High School in Muncie, attended Western College in Oxford, Ohio until it closed, and then graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga, Springs, New York. After struggling to live on odd jobs in Boston, and working in the mental health unit in New York, he went to seminary fully expecting it was a mistake and that he would withdraw before graduation. But The Episcopal Divinity School (Cambridge, MA) did graduate him with a master’s degree and before he knew it, somehow, he was a priest. The rest is history and you will find bits and pieces of it lodged between the lines of his poetry and fiction.
CONTACT Cameron at: cam at subversivepreacher dot org.