Gary and Carolyn Miller, originally from Missouri and Kansas respectively, are both graduates of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Carolyn's degree is in Religious Studies, and Gary's in Religious Studies and Psychology. Gary also holds a B.S. in Aviation Technology from LeTourneau University, a Master's in Missiology from Southwestern Seminary, and is currently a PhD candidate with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has pastored in Missouri and Texas. The Millers are the proud parents of two grown children and two grandchildren.
Both Gary and Carolyn were called to missions as freshmen at SBU and were planning a career in mission aviation when a back injury necessitated a change in career plans. Through a series of short-term mission trips into Romania, God led them to Budapest, Hungary, where Gary taught English at the Budapest Teacher Training College for the 1998-99 school year. During the course of that year they got know several missionaries with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board who encouraged them to apply with the IMB.
They were given a two year assignment in Romania working alongside career missionaries as Volunteer Coordinators, arranging and providing logistics for short-term mission teams. This experience strengthened their call to missions, and they applied to be appointed as career missionaries themselves.
In 2002, after meeting with leaders at the mission board and seeking God’s will regarding where they should serve, the Lord led them back to Hungary. In August of 2003 Gary and Carolyn moved to the city of Debrecen, which is their home base as they lead the IMB work in Budapest and eastern Hungary; their task and their passion is to develop strategies to help initiate a church planting movement among the Magyar people.