MURFREESBORO – Julian Mills, a resident of Roanoke Rapids, has been selected to be the new president of the Chowan Christian Service Association (CCSA) Board of Directors at Chowan University in Murfreesboro.
The CCSA is an organization designed to help ministerial students at the institution, primarily in the area of providing scholarship funds. Mills has been a member of the CCSA Board of Directors since its inception in 2005.
Mills has also served for years as a member of the Chowan Board of Trustees. He is a 1959 graduate of Chowan, and in 2009, Mills was bestowed with the “Distinguished Alumni” award.
A native of Roanoke Rapids, Mills retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1981. He served as an Air Force combat news correspondent in Vietnam, spokesman for the president’s pilot and the “Air Force One” organization in Washington, D.C., and was also editor of Command Magazine for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs at the Pentagon. In addition, Mills was an editor for the Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio.
An ordained minister, he was pastor at Park Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids for 10 years and Community Center Baptist Church in Halifax for two years. He was also pastor at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Warrenton, Love Memorial Baptist in Goldsboro, and North Rocky Mount Baptist in Rocky Mount.
He also was interim pastor at a number of churches. Mills served as interim director of the North Roanoke Baptist Association, and spent two terms as chairperson of the Committee on Nominations for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
He and his wife, Mary, have established one endowed scholarship with the CCSA and have recently started another one in memory of their son, Julian Jr., who died in an automobile accident.