Miles McPherson

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Miles McPherson
Born: (1960-03-30)March 30, 1960
Queens, New York
Career information
Position(s) Defensive back
College University of New Haven
NFL draft 1982 / Round: 10 / Pick 256
(By the Los Angeles Rams)
Career history
As player
1982–1985 San Diego Chargers
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 0

Miles Gregory McPherson (March 30, 1960 in Queens, New York) is the pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, a motivational speaker, and a former NFL football player.


McPherson grew up on Long Island. He attended the University of New Haven, where he majored in engineering. McPherson was the university's first player to achieve All-American honors in football and be drafted into the NFL. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Rams; he was cut and went on to play defensive back for the San Diego Chargers.

After battling a drug problem, McPherson became a born again Christian in 1984, and began participating in religious outreach programs.[1] In September 1986, he retired from football; the next week, he enrolled in Azusa Pacific University's School of Theology.[1] He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1991.[1]

In 1992, McPherson founded "Miles Ahead", a non-profit international evangelical organization.[1]

In 2000, McPherson founded the Rock Church. As of 2009, more than 12,000 attend one of the Rock's five weekend services.[2]

McPherson spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention.[3] McPherson has appeared on Good Morning America,[4] Larry King Live,[5] The O'Reilly Factor,[6] and other national news networks.


McPherson is the author of several books,[7] including Do Something! Make Your Life Count.[8] and God In The Mirror: Discovering Who You Were Created to Be.[9] He earned an Emmy Award in 2007 as the producer of Master Meth, a documentary on methamphetamine.[citation needed]


McPherson and his wife Debbie have three children. His younger brother Don McPherson is also a former NFL player.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Personal". 
  2. ^ "Press: Quick Facts". The Rock Church. 
  3. ^ "Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Miles McPherson". Republican National Convention. September 2, 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Rock Church (2013-01-03), Rock Church - Good Morning America w/ Pastor Miles McPherson, retrieved 2016-05-03 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  7. ^ "Miles McPherson". Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  8. ^ McPherson, Miles (November 1, 2009). Do Something! Make Your Life Count. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books. ISBN 978-0801013324. 
  9. ^ McPherson, Miles (March 15, 2013). God In The Mirror: Discovering Who You Were Created to Be. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books. ISBN 978-0801013331. 

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