Beth Ziegler '73 Miller
Because of her heart for youth ministry, Beth Ziegler '73 Miller founded a drama troupe, Strangely Warmed Players, so named after John Wesley's encounter with God. This troupe, comprised of teens in Miller's youth group at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI, hopes that through drama, their audiences will also experience warmed hearts.
The troupe has impacted their audiences around the world for more than 20 years. They have performed for the World Methodist Conference in England, the International Christian Youth Conference, in Northern Ireland and Brazil and for "Youth '03," a gathering of 12,000 UMC youth. In 2004, the troupe toured the Meru region of Kenya, and Miller later returned to train a group of Kenyan youth in drama. Their Kenya experience resulted in FUMC Ann Arbor sending teams to Meru each year and raising more than $160,000 to build a high school, classrooms for a technical school and many other projects. The Strangely Warmed Players have also raised scholarship money for Kenyan youth to attend high school and university.
In 2007, Miller's youth group won the Michigan Peace Prize for its documentary film about Christian, Jewish, and Muslim youths and faith.
Miller received a degree in drama and speech, and secondary education. She is married to Rev. Dr. Gilson Miller. They have three children and one grandchild.