Sam Miller

Interviewee: Sam Miller
Born: 1976, Derby, England
Interviewer:  Pupils from Year Six, Oasis Academy, Short Heath
Date of interview: 11th February 2013 

0.00
Born Derby, aged two moves to Bearwood, Birmingham, in response to parent’s faith and desire to live in and serve community. Love of animals. Aged five moves to Acocks Green where all the family live in one room 

2.10
After school football club; relationship with brothers and sisters 

3.45
Belief in God and desire to see a hope filled community

4.40
Curiosity about Oscott College as a child walking along Court Lane; later learning from university lecturer about what happens there 

5.50 
Studying theology at university 

7.00
Discovering Oscott College as a place of peace and quiet and prayer 

7.48
Creating Urban Devotion Birmingham with the objective of serving the local community 

9.20
Aspirations for the future, and how lads from the local community are taking on leadership positions

10.15
Working with young offenders and making a difference in young people’s lives 

12.54
Zuzu the dog named after “It’s a Wonderful Life” 

12.45
The Perry Common area covered by UDB, gangs, and international connections 

15.22
Helping people to meet their potential who have had a poor start or who have made poor decisions  

16.48
Financial and personal risks in seeting up UDB 

20.10
Marriage, children, skydiving, stroking a Komodo dragon, and charity work in Mexico 

21.17
The future of UDB, changing to meet changing needs (such as the rise of domestic violence), and new team members who bring new opportunities 

24.00
Getting baptised aged thirteen, faith in God, what it means to follow Jesus 

25.40
Being inspired by Oscott College and the life of Pugin 

27.14
Beatboxing

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