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April 30, 2013

'Idol' life for Remix leaders

Miller's parents are co-pastors of Salem church

SALEM — Thursday is usually a day of contemplation for Guy Miller, the pastor of Remix Church, one of the newest Christian congregations in the city.

That is the day the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary graduate heads to his small office on Ward Street to write his Sunday sermon. It is quiet there, and he can think.

But Miller hasn’t written a lot of sermons lately, nor has he done much preaching or thinking. That task has been turned over to two members of his staff. Life for Miller and his wife, Tana, co-pastor of the church, has been a little crazy in recent months.

“It’s been very difficult for me to concentrate ...” the 45-year-old Miller said with a smile. “I can’t think about anything for more than 10 minutes ...”

This Thursday, when he should be writing a sermon, Miller will be with his wife in Los Angeles getting ready for the taping of “American Idol,” the smash Fox TV show. Although they like the show, that’s not the reason they make almost weekly 6,000-mile, round trips to LA.

The couple, who met in Bible college, sit in the audience to support a 19-year-old girl who, until recently, had been a key part of their worship service. Their daughter, Angela, known to the TV and entertainment world as Angie, is one of the show’s four finalists.

The Millers are in an unusual position. They are under orders from Fox not to talk to the media about the show or their daughter. During an interview about Remix Church at Jaho, a local coffee shop, Miller was careful to keep the conversation on his church, which, as it turns out, is a story in itself.

Remix holds its Sunday services inside Bentley Elementary School, making it the only house of worship in the city located in a public school. It is an offshoot of Calvary Christian Church in Lynnfield, an Assemblies of God, conservative evangelical congregation.

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