By ROBERT PIERCE • Daily Leader
The chairman of Interstate Batteries is coming to Liberal.
As part of a men’s rally, Norm Miller will be at First Baptist Church Thursday, and according to the church’s Web site, he will bring a message of faith and overcoming addiction to become a leader of one of the most recognized companies in the world.
There will also be a steak dinner, and a free copy of Miller’s book, “Beyond the Norm,” will be given to all of those in attendance. Door prizes will also be available.
FBC Pastor David Bagwell said Miller will talk about the ups and downs of life.
“He’s been very successful,” he said. “He started out as a battery salesman back when Interstate Batteries was 1 year old. He’s worked his way to the head of the company. They’re big in NASCAR. They’re doing some arena car racing with Joe Gibbs’ race team.”
Bagwell said he began making arrangements for the rally in 2008.
“I heard Norm Miller speak at a couple different events,” he said.
“About a year ago, I made contact with him and worked out a time for him to come. That’s where we’re at.”
Tickets for the rally and dinner are $10, and Bagwell asks those who plan to attend to call in advance.
“We’d like to know if they’re coming,” he said. “We’d like to have a count to make sure we have enough food. They can call the church at 624-1641. We’re about out of tickets.”
Bagwell said he is excited to have Miller come to Liberal.
“I think not just for the church, but for the community, it’s just a great opportunity that we don’t have too often in Liberal to have guys like this come,” he said. “Today, when you turn on the news or read the newspaper, you see all these CEOs that are in trouble and not running the company the way they’re supposed to. With a guy like this who is running his company strong with good Christian moral values, to me, it’s huge. You just don’t see too many of those guys.”
Bagwell said the event will be a great encouragement to men of all walks of life.
“He’s got a message for everybody, whether you’re on the bottom or on the top – just a message that’ll get all of us,” he said. “I think it’s just a good encouragement time for the men of our community and a motivating time as well.”
The men’s rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church.
In addition to being chairman of Interstate Batteries, Miller is also a board member for the Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas Seminary Foundation and the Overseas Council.