Miles named WBU Student Activities Coordinator, Pastor of Stonebridge Fellowship
July 9, 2014
PLAINVIEW – With new student orientation and fall classes quickly approaching, Wayland Baptist University students will find a new face in the student activities office when they arrive on campus in August. Brad Miles, former youth minister, music minister and front man for a Christian Rock band, has been named the new Coordinator of Student Activities at Wayland.
But that’s not the only new job Miles has picked up recently. He was also named the new pastor of Stonebridge Fellowship in Plainview.
Admittedly, it’s been a busy few weeks.
Miles, whose wife, Amy, is a professor in Wayland’s School of Education, takes over as activities coordinator for Micah Evans who moved to Austin earlier this summer. Brad and Amy, who met while in college at Howard Payne University, later earning master’s degrees from Hardin-Simmons, moved to Lubbock a year ago when Amy was offered a faculty position at Wayland. Miles accepted a job teaching at Southcrest Christian School and working as the worship pastor at Oakwood Baptist Church.
For Miles, coming to Wayland and Stonebridge is a dream come true. He fell into a short-lived music career while in college. Studying speech communication at Howard Payne and working on a Master of Divinity degree at Hardin-Simmons, Miles was always one to play the guitar and sing. But it wasn’t until an experience he had singing with some friends that he realized music might be a way for him to share the Gospel.
“We were sitting out at the bell towers at the big park in the middle of campus (Howard Payne),” Miles said. “They would play chords and I would make up songs.”
Miles said one day they were playing a praise song and he was singing along with his eyes closed.
“I opened my eyes and there were like 30 people there and they were all holding hands and singing along and crying,” he said. “I thought maybe there was something to this music thing that I hadn’t thought about.”
Miles had always planned on being a pastor, but growing up in rural Texas towns – primarily in Nacogdoches before graduating high school in Dumas – he didn’t feel a connection to the style of preaching and church leadership with which he was familiar.
“I looked around at a lot of the pastors I knew growing up and thought I don’t think I can be one of those guys,” he said. “Nothing against them, but it just wasn’t me.”
Miles began playing small shows around Texas, including a few trips to Wayland. After completing his master’s degree he and Amy moved to Nashville. Miles worked for Lifeway in Nashville and continued to perform with his band until they got their big break.
“Like everybody’s story, somebody’s accountant was at a show I played and the next thing I knew we had a production deal and a record deal,” he said. “It was all backwards and weird but that wasn’t the plan. I didn’t dream of being a musician. My dream was to share the love of Christ with people and share the Gospel.”
Miles and his band Everman had limited success as full-time touring musicians. An album release and a couple of years of touring soon came to an end.
“You can still find it in the dollar bin,” Miles said of the album. “I used to stand next to the album when it was at the new arrivals bin at Wal Mart. I would stand next to it and see if anyone recognized me. No one ever did. It was fairly unglamorous.
“A record deal … all that means is that you rode around in a 15-passenger van for a couple of years and ate pizza.”
It did, however, prepare him to serve as a worship leader at various congregations throughout the years. But the desire to pastor a church was still driving him.
Amy began asking her college students where they attend church in Plainview. Many mentioned Stonebridge Fellowship.