Ministry Staff at seeJesus
Paul Miller, Executive Director
Paul spent his childhood in California and Oregon, moving east when his father, Dr. Jack Miller, began teaching at Westminster Seminary. After graduating from college, Paul taught in inner-city Christian schools in Philadelphia for ten years. With a group of parents, he started Spruce Hill Christian School (K-8), an inner city, multi-racial school where he was principal and teacher.
In 1983, he helped his father found World Harvest Mission, serving as Associate Director from 1983 until 1996. From 1997-1999, he completed a M.Div.at Biblical Seminary and founded seeJesus, a mission that helps Christians and non-Christians alike “see Jesus” through inductive Bible studies.
During his time at World Harvest, Paul wrote several discipling courses, including a course on grace called Sonship. In the early '90s, Paul wrote The Love Course, an in-depth theology of love focused on the person of Jesus. In 2001, Paul wrote Love Walked Among Us (NavPress), weaving stories of how Jesus loves together with stories of his own struggles to love. The book is based on The Person of Jesus study, an in-depth, inductive Bible study of what Jesus is like as a person. Both the book and the study are written to include non-Christians who have no background in Christianity.
In 2005, Paul’s A Praying Life study (an eleven-week course on prayer for “badly praying Christians”) was released. In 2009, Paul wrote A Praying Life (NavPress), in which the principles in the study are combined with Paul's own stories of learning to live through prayer. In 2011, Paul wrote another inductive study called Ruth: Love Redefined.
Paul is married to Jill, who is known for her sense of humor and faith. They have six children and nine grandchildren, and live in the Philadelphia area.
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Bob Allums, Director of A Praying Life Ministries
Bob Allums has been with seeJesus since the very beginning. Though he has been in pastoral ministry for 14 years in times past and has served Christian publishing companies such as InterVarsity Press and Crossway Books & Bibles, his greatest love is teaching the seminars; especially A Praying Life. He has been regularly teaching the seminar both in the USA and internationally for over eleven years. In fact, he enjoys it so much, he is now the Director of A Praying Life Ministries for seeJesus. Bob and his wife, Helen, have three grown children and live in the Chicago, Illinois area.
Steve Byrd, Director of Partner Relations
After receiving his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and completing a pastoral internship, Steve began his career as a development officer with United Way. He then moved into a 22-year business development role serving clients nationwide in tele-communications and marketing services. He joined the ministry of seeJesus in July 2010, overseeing Partner Relations and serving as a Trainer. Steve loves hanging out with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law and five grandchildren. He is honored to serve the local body of Christ as a Ruling Elder at West End Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA. He enjoys movies, travel, reading, painting and anything having to do with being above, on or under the water. However, Steve is most passionate about glorifying Jesus by helping people discover their identites, freedom and calling offered alone through the gospel.
Julie Courtney, Director of Women’s Ministries
After leading a Person of Jesus Study with neighbors, Julie began to work part-time for seeJesus from her home in Northern Virginia. In 2004, she moved to the Philadelphia area, and began full-time work with the ministry: teaching, doing public relations, coordinating seminars and conferences, and training small group leaders. In her role as Director of Women’s Ministries, Julie trains small group leaders, mentors women, leads women's retreats and encourages women as they grow in their understanding of who Jesus is. Julie has a degree from The Ohio State University in Family Relations and Child Development and is a huge Buckeye fan! Prior to working for seeJesus, Julie served as Administrative Assistant for an EPC church in Reston, VA and worked as a travel agent for twelve years before that.
Richard Eckhardt, Person of Jesus International Coordinator
While serving as Missions Pastor in his church, Richard volunteered to train leaders in Latin America representing seeJesus in 2005. Today he oversees the international Person of Jesus Ministry. His passion is that the global church will see, enjoy, and reflect Jesus. His goal is to multiply leaders to use The Person of Jesus study in discipleship and outreach ministries. He develops partnerships with mission agencies and churches worldwide where Person of Jesus training ministries can expand. Prior to working at seeJesus, Richard served as Pastor and Missionary in a variety of ministries, from New Hampshire to Argentina. He has been married 32 years to his wife Ellen. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Jon Hori, Regional Director of the West Coast and East Asia
Jon Hori serves as the Regional Director of the West Coast and East Asia for seeJesus. Previous to joining seeJesus, Jon helped plant and pastor Lifesong Community Church in Chino, CA for nine years. He and his wife, Sonia, stay busy raising four young children, Kristin, Evan, Eden, and Jaren. Jon has led the A Praying Life Seminar both in the US and abroad. To learn more about the passions of Jon’s heart check out his blog, www.nearhisheart.com.