Bishop Douglas Miles (Courtesy photo)

On behalf of BUILD and Metro IAF, it is with heavy hearts that we reach out to share the news that Bishop Douglas Miles, IAF Co Chair and BUILD Co Chair Emeritus, passed away today after complications from heart surgery. Bishop was a giant of a man, pastor, leader and friend. For more than 50 years, Bishop has been on the front-lines of every major social change in Baltimore and every major fight led by IAF.

As Metro IAF Strategy Team member and long standing BUILD Leader, Carol Reckling, said, “It’s almost unfathomable to grasp Bishop’s reach. One way or another he impacted every one of us.” We were blessed with one of the greatest. We are all part of his legacy. We miss him dearly and are reminded of the words from God to the prophet that Bishop often closed out actions with – “Whom shall I send, and who shall go for us? And the voice of the prophet responded, ‘Here I am, send me.’”

Let us continue to answer the call and fight the good fight. As we grieve his loss, may his incredible prophetic voice, brilliant wisdom, deep laughter, and shared memory guide us. Please hold his dear wife Rose Miles, sons Pastor Dante and Harvey Miles, his entire family, and Koinonia Baptist Church in your prayers.

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