Methodist Family Health dedicates Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center

Methodist Family Health, the state’s only complete continuum of care for children and families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues, dedicated its newest facility, the Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center, at 2002 S. Fillmore St. in Little Rock on Feb. 28.

Ritter Arnold (from left) and Mike Millar when Millar was told that the new Spiritual Life Center would be named in his honor. He passed shortly afterward.

Methodist Family Health (MFH) Foundation raised $4.2 million to construct the Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center, which is named in memory of Mike Millar, a lifelong United Methodist from Searcy. He served on both MFH’s operations and foundation boards of directors. Her was a prominent attorney, philanthropist and volunteer who died in 2020.

The chapel of the center is named in memory of Elaine and Bishop Kenneth Hicks, also longtime supporters of MFH and the Arkansas children and families they serve.

Construction of this facility began in October 2021 and was completed in January 2023. In October 2020, the Mabee Foundation awarded a challenge grant of $950,000 to MFH Foundation for the construction of the Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center. This challenge grant stipulated that the foundation raise the total project cost of $4,256,175 by Oct. 13, 2021. The challenge was met in July 2021, and a total $4,259,671.72 has been raised.

Aerial view of the Methodist Family Health’s new Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center.

In addition to the Elaine and Bishop Kenneth Hicks Chapel, this center will include a multipurpose space, a welcome center for the campus, and administrative space for Methodist Children’s Home administrators. This center also will include an outdoor labyrinth, new landscaping and enhanced parking to complement the building, and the facility will provide space for community partners to meet for neighborhood association meetings and community education.