Our Leadership Team


  • Senior Pastor - Burt Miller

    Our Senior Pastor, Burt Miller, has lived in Lewes for most of his life. Burt has a knack for preaching engaging messages that are both true to Scripture and easy to understand. His passion is to see people far from God come into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.


    Burt holds a bachelors degree in the Bible from Eastern University and a Masters in Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He, his wife Katie, and their sons Ben and Luke reside in Lewes, Delaware.

  • Executive Pastor - Bob Degen

    Bob has been in ministry for over 25 years. His primary role is to oversee the administration and general management of Solid Ground Church.

  • Students Pastor - Josh Bell

    Our Students Pastor, Josh Bell has a heart to see students connect with Jesus in meaningful and life-changing ways. Josh graduated from Eastern University in 2016 with a degree in Biblical Studies. 

  • Worship Director - Keith Straume

    Keith Straume is the Worship Director at Solid Ground. He has been an active participant in worship ministry for over a decade. His job is to oversee our worship in planning, practice, and service.

  • Children's Ministry - Katie Miller

    Katie Miller is the Director of Children's Ministry at Solid Ground. She has a professional background in early childhood education as well as being a mom to two young boys. Katie helped found our church with her husband Burt in 2009.

  • Hospitality - nikki bixby

    Nikki works full time for the State of Delaware and is also currently pursuing a Paralegal degree in hopes of moving through to law school at Weidner. Nikki has 2 children- Kolby (age 13) and Carrington (age 7).

  • Comfort and Care - Joyce Blakeslee

    Joyce and her husband Jim moved to Rehoboth Beach 15 years ago from Northern Virginia. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. She likes to keep busy with Bible study and painting. Joyce has been a member of Solid Ground since 2013 and has loved volunteering in several areas including overseeing our Comfort and Care team.

  • Marie Myers - Hands & Feet Ministry

    Marie has been following Jesus since 2009 and considers herself blessed to be part of Solid Ground. She oversees our Hands & Feet Ministry which is designed to help those in the Lewes area who are in need. Marie has a BS in Mathematics from TSU, and she and her husband have four children and eight grandchildren.