Pastor & Staff

Pastor Hayward L. Miller

lead Pastor

An intense love for this community characterizes Pastor Hayward Miller who grew up in Panama City, Florida. His ministry has reached into many areas in the Body of Christ and has touched and connected many with a relationship with Jesus Christ and their called purpose in the Church (Kingdom of God). In 1983 he joined the Ministerial Staff at Living Word. Since 1994, He has had the privilege to server as Pastor of Living Word Church. Along with Pastoring this local Church, he also serves as the Apostolic Leader of the Living Word Fellowship.
His ministry has opened the door to serve on many boards and networks of ministry. He is ordained with Lining Word Fellowship, serves as Northwest Florida Regional Director for Sonshine Network Ministries, ordained with the IPHC, a member of International Coalition of Apostles, a mentor/consultant to many Pastors and Churches, and oversees the Living Word Fellowship. Apostle/Pastor Miller is a speaker at Conferences, Churches, Break-Out-Sessions, and Mover and Shaker meetings.
He is an encourager to the Body of Christ and loves to empower people in their calling and purpose.  He has published training manuals on Discipleship and Leadership. He has been the Executive Producer to over 12 music projects that has taken Living Word’s music around the world. He loves to Preach/Teach and see people discipled and making an impact in their community and region. 
Pastor Miller graduated from Rutherford High School, Gulf Coast College (AA), and Florida State University, Tallahassee (BA) before attending graduate school at Troy University, PC campus, and earning his doctorate in ministry from Christian Life School of Theology, Columbus, GA. Professing Christ at the age of nine, serving as Youth and Orchestra leader throughout his teens, and then serving as Youth and Music Pastor led Pastor Miller to pastor Living Word Church. He has been married to his amazing high school sweetheart and wife Dianne since 1974. They have two awesome married Children (Joshua and Melissa Miller and Chad and Kristen Ellzey) and are blessed with 3 grandchildren. (Anna Grace, KayLynn, and Riley) Pastor Miller in his own words says, “I am a Blessed Man!”

Pastor Hayward & First Lady Dianne Miller

Pastor Miller and Dianne were high school sweethearts and married in 1974.  Their marriage was/and is based on their love for Christ and they have served God together in their family, church, and careers.  Dianne served as an elementary school teacher (13 years) and administrator (25 years).  Pastor Miller has served in full-time ministry since 1977. Pastor Miller and Dianne were blessed with two incredible children and their spouses: Joshua who is married to Melissa, and Kristen who is married to Chad, and three of the most beautiful (smart, talented, loving) grandchildren ever—Anna (who lives in Connecticut), KayLynn and Riley (who live in Panama City). They feel immensely blessed to have family and extended family in this community, including both Pastor and Dianne’s mothers.  Our church and our lives are multi-generational…doesn’t get much better than that!

Rev. Danny & Rev. Kim Kirchoff

Rev. Danny Kirchoff is our Minister of Facilities.  He has been on Staff since 1997 and has served in a number of areas with a wide range of gifts and abilities.  Danny graduated with his Bachelors in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology. He is ordained through Living Word Fellowship.
Rev. Kim Kirchoff is the LWC Office Administrator. She as been on staff since 2000. She is personal secretary to Pastor Miller as well as coordinating the church ministries, events and calendar. Kim holds a License of Ministry through Living Word Fellowship.