REV. HORACE ROGER MILLS, JR.
Reverend Horace Roger Mills, Jr., is a native of Morristown, Tennessee where he graduated from Morristown Hamblen East High School.
Reverend Mills graduated from Morristown College with a Associate of Arts Degree in religion and psychology as the class salutatorian, Phi Beta Kappa and Southern Regional Honors Council. While working on his degree Reverend Mills was the Assistant Men Dorm Director, Basketball Statistician, Head Women Softball Coach and Assistant Track Coach.
Reverend Mills was ordained as a deacon on May 15, 1974, licensed as a gospel minister on April 19, 1975. He was elected assistant to the pastor, the late Reverend C. H. Jackson on October 12, 1975, and ordained as a gospel preacher on November 23, 1975.
In 1977 Reverend Mills served as the interim pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Rutledge, Tennessee. In 1983 he was elected to serve as pastor of his home church, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Whitesburg, Tennessee. On the first Sunday of January 1986 Reverend Mills assumed the pastoral duties of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Kingsport, Tennessee. While serving as pastor of Ebenezer he was elected President of the Kingsport Ministerial Alliance (1986). In 1991 Reverend Mills was asked to return to Tabernacle as their pastor.
In 2001, Belinda Blevins became the first of three daughters, two sons and one adopted son of Reverend Mills in the ministry., Roderick and Robert Mills (2002), Theresa Jackson (2003) and the late Dorothy Fortson (2004) and Gordon Washington (2005).
Reverend Mills has served as president, vice-president, secretary and chaired several committees of the Hamblen County Ministerial Alliance (1993-2002). While serving as president, Reverend Mills joined with the late Willie P. Osborne in asking the City Fathers to named a street in honor of the late Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. It was during this presidency that the “HCMA Community Award Banquet” was born. Reverend Mills has also served as President of Bethel District Baptist Missionary & Educational Association youth and congress department and chaired several committees.
Reverend Mills has served on the Board of Directors: The American Red Cross - Morristown Chapter (1987); a member of the Progressive Business Association (2005-); Walters State Advisory Committee on Minority Student Recruitment (2006-); MATCH (Minority Action Team for Community Health) (2006-); Ebony Cultural Organization Board of Directors (2007), Charter member and board of directors, Optimist Club of Uptown Morristown (2007), and a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Build The Dream. On August 5, 2009, Reverend Mills was elected the first President of Union of Churches and Ministerial Alliance (2009-), where the ministers of UCMA have giving Reverend Mills the name, Bishop Mills.
Reverend Mills has received numerous community and national awards: Hamblen County Ministerial Alliance Pastor of The Year (1985 & 2003); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Community Service Award (1998); Community Ministerial Leadership Award (1992); Cambridge Who’s Who (2006); Reverend Cecil C. Mills, Sr. Martin Luther King Dream Achiever Award (2009).
Reverend Mills is the Founder-President of AHERN (African American Health, Education, Religion and News) INCORPORTED, an African American Communication Ministry. publisher of AHERN Magazine and owner of KJEM Publication.
Reverend Mills has one daughter, Tyra Owens and three grandchildren, Makayla, Chantel and Terrell Owens.