Bank-Robbing Fugitive Turned God-Fearing Family Man Shares Story of Redemption (Bobby and Cheryl Love Interview)

Their lives turned upside down in 2015 when the NYPD and FBI showed up at their door asking for Walter Miller. But who was Walter Miller?

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Bobby and Cheryl Love. (Photo: Brandon Stanton/Instagram @ HumansOfNY)

“I love Bobby. But that’s not even his real name. His real name is Walter Miller,” Cheryl Love told the first lady of her church as she sat in the pastor’s office revealing, through tears, that the man she had been married to for 30 years had a whole other identity, and a criminal past.

That scene, which unfolded at Coney Island Cathedral of Deliverance six years ago, is recounted in The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice. In the book, Bobby and Cheryl Love (with help from Lori L. Tharps), tell how the former's shocking revelation of being a fugitive from the law tested their faith and nearly tore their family apart.

The couple’s life was turned upside down several years ago when the NYPD and FBI showed up at their door asking for Walter Miller. But who was Walter Miller?

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Written by Nicola A. Menzie

Nicola A. Menzie is Managing Editor of Faithfully Magazine. Nicola is a religion reporter in NYC whose bylines have appeared on the websites of the Religion News Service, The Christian Post, CBS News and Vibe magazine. You can find her on Twitter @namenzie. Email: nicola.menzie (at)

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