Rev. Tyler and Yanela McMiller

Serving the Lord in Italy


Bio

The Rev. Tyler and Yanela McMiller serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Eurasia, based in Italy. Tyler is the sole LCMS pastor in Italy, where he provides spiritual care for a number of Italians who discovered Lutheranism online and want to learn more. Tyler also mentors four Italian men who are studying to become pastors through an online Lutheran seminary based in Riga, Latvia, and he provides Word and Sacrament ministry to small groups of Lutherans scattered throughout Greece and Bulgaria. Through this work, Tyler’s goal is to help geographically isolated believers establish house churches wherever they live.

Tyler was born in Waukesha, Wis., although his family served as missionaries in Central and South America during much of his childhood. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis., and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Prior to attending the seminary, Tyler was a violinist in a Mariachi band (2010–2014) and a GEO missionary to Mexico and the Dominican Republic (2014–2017), which is where he met his wife. In his free time, Tyler enjoys reading and playing the violin and piano.

Yanela was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and she and Tyler most recently attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Des Peres, Mo. Yanela received an education degree from Universidad Dominicana O&M in Santo Domingo. After graduating, she was the director of the Lutheran preschool in Licey, Dominican Republic, and served as the mission secretary for the local Lutheran mission. In her free time, Yanela enjoys cooking and watching movies.

Prayers

Please pray for the McMillers as they serve in Italy. Pray for their health and safety as they travel around the region to connect with small groups of believers. Ask God to give Tyler wisdom and insight as he translates Lutheran theology and builds relationships. Pray also that the Holy Spirit would continue to uplift these believers even as they deal with the loneliness and isolation of their situation. Let us give thanks to God for Tyler and Yanela’s service to God’s children in this part of the world.

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Additional Information

  • Birthdays:
    • Tyler — Feb. 13
    • Yanela — March 21
    • Lia — Jan. 9
    • Alessia — Feb. 25
  • Wedding Anniversary: March 12
  • Home District: Missouri

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