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.

  • Creative team - Jamie Welch

    Jamie Welch is an aficionado of tacos, coffee, puppies, and good design. She heads up the Creative Team at Solid Ground which oversees the church's "look and feel," brand consistency, and fun factor. She has been a part of Solid Ground since 2013 and enjoys being involved with hospitality, announcements, and groups.

  • Finance - Autumn Straume

    Autumn Straume leads the financial ministry at Solid Ground. She is a full time educator at Delmarva Christian School and has a background in mathematics. She and her husband are passionate about ministry and love that the Lord has led them to lead at Solid Ground.

  • PRODUCTION - Greg Welch

    Greg Welch has been a part of Solid Ground since 2015, and can usually be found in the sound booth on Sunday mornings where he leads the Production Team in all things video, sound, and lighting. When he's not at church or work, Greg enjoys going to movies, playing with Legos, and trying different burger restaurants. 

  • 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.

  • Leah wilson - Social Media

    Leah Wilson has a passion for all things artistic. She believes in the power of storytelling and hopes to use social media as a platform to share God's story. Leah teaches at Delmarva Christian Elementary School and is also engaged to our Students Pastor, Josh Bell.

  • 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.