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Moody Theological Seminary 1886 Legacy Award


Norman E. Miller receives annual award remembering the Moody Bible Institute legacy.

Norman E. Miller, chairman of Interstate Batteries in Dallas, Texas, recently received the Moody Theological Seminary 1886 Legacy Award.

The award was presented at the 1886 Legacy Award Dinner on Moody’s campus in downtown Chicago earlier this month.

“With the Moody Theological Seminary 1886 Legacy Award, we are seeking to present it to someone who brings their faith to the workplace in a winsome and impactful manner, who demonstrates an outstanding use of Christian principles within their profession, and who has an exceptional Christian reputation in their business,” said Robert Schuldt, chair of the Advisory Board for Moody Theological Seminary that determines the award recipient.

Schuldt added, “Norm’s impact has been both local and global through his time at Interstate Batteries, and he serves God passionately in the workplace. He does so with purpose and the knowledge that it is God’s calling on his life. We are thrilled to present him with this award and encourage him in his effort to bring the love of Jesus to everyone he meets.”

Celebrating its second year, Moody Theological Seminary’s 1886 Legacy Award honors a business person in the community who integrates faith and work. The 1886 Legacy Award also recognizes the heritage of Moody Bible Institute and the legacy of its founder, D. L. Moody. In 2016, Mr. Robert Doll was presented the award.

Granting the award and holding the dinner is part of the initiative by Moody Theological Seminary to incorporate faith into work, under the Vocational Stewardship program headed by Dr. Sajan Mathews. It seeks to give working professionals an opportunity to come alongside the seminary and bring influence and expertise to special projects, and help fund student scholarships.

“Loving God and loving others is all day every day, not just Sunday. That’s what we’re trying to do,” Miller said to those in attendance that evening. “God desires all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth, and we want that too.” Everyone who works at Interstate Batteries is given a copy of The Jesus Film and a copy of Miller’s book, which details his personal story of salvation.

When Miller became the CEO of Interstate Batteries in 1978, he realized the company was missing something. His brother, also employed there, agreed. “We began to pray for God to lead us and asked Him how we should run the business,” he said. They scheduled a large conference where their customers and associates would meet, then prayed daily for its success. At the conference, they saw clear answers to their prayers. “We thought, if prayer works for this thing, we ought to pray every day for everything, and that’s what we started doing,” he said.

As the number one replacement battery brand in North America, Interstate Batteries has a reputation for top-quality products, business innovations and consistently reliable service. Through Miller’s leadership, the company contributes heavily to several different ministries that focus on missions, Bible education, and evangelization.

For more information about MTS’ initiative on integrating faith into work, please visit the program’s web page.


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