Pastor Miles McPherson played four years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers from 1982-1985. During this time, he developed a cocaine addiction, compelling the NFL star to feed his habit in the seedy neighborhoods of San Diego, California. In 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 that day.

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 of divinity degree in 1991. In 2000, he started the Rock Church in San Diego, which according to Outreach Magazine, is consistently one of the nation’s largest churches, with over 20,000 people attending one of their 21 Sunday services or watching online.

Five years ago, he initiated Do Something Church, to equip churches in meeting the needs of their communities through innovative outreach strategies. Recently, he addressed the racial tension and division that has been heavy on his heart through his new book, The Third Option, Hope for a Racially Divided Nation. Explore more about Pastor McPherson via


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