Born in Brooklyn, New York in March 1960, the second oldest of five children, McPherson was raised on Long Island in a strong family. After excelling in football throughout high school, 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
Pastor Miles McPherson played four years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers from 1982-1985. It was during this time that he developed a cocaine addiction that found the NFL star in a tailspin as he began feeding his habit.
After his second season in the NFL and after a weekend-long drug binge, he called out to Jesus Christ, accepted Him and stopped doing drugs in one day.
After his football career. Miles felt the call into full time ministry. He worked as a Youth Pastor for Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego and enrolled in Azusa Pacific University’s School of Theology, receiving his Master’s of Divinity degree in 1991.
The Rock Church
2000 - Present
In 2000, he felt called by God to start the Rock Church in San Diego. A cornerstone of the San Diego community and reaching over 18,000 people every week, the Rock seeks to reach, equip, and send people to impact their community and beyond.
Do Something Church
2013 - Present
Pastor Miles initiated Do Something Church; dedicated to equipping churches to transform the world by successfully meeting their community’s needs through innovative outreach strategies.
The Third Option
After the release of his 3 other books, Miles latest book “The Third Option” speaks out about the pervasive racial divisions in today’s culture and argues that we must learn to see people not by the color of their skin, but as God sees them—humans created in the image of God. In addition, Miles created The Third Option Similarity Training is designed to help individuals and organizations focus their attention on our similarities, rather than our differences, and to help us develop honoring relationships with those of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.