The Director of the Bureau of Evangelism
Born in Cumberland County North Carolina, Otis Thomas McMillan, a lifelong member of the AME Zion Church, accepted the call to preaching ministry in 1980 at the Mt. Zion AME Zion Church, Eastover, NC under the Leadership of Rev. Erskin Lowe. He is the product of a long line of preachers. His mother, Rev. Rena Turner McMillan, serves as an AME Zion conference evangelist of the Central NC Conference for more than 35 years. His grandfather, Rev. William E. Turner serves as a very successful AME Zion pastor in the Central NC Conference for 54 years. He has two sisters, Rev. Rosa M. Mckoy, who serves as pastor of the Little Rock AME Zion Church, Grand Bay, Alabama and Rev. Linda E. Locke serving as pastor of the Avery Grove AME Zion Church, Smithfield, North Carolina.
Rev. W.E Turner, his grandfather was one of his greatest inspirations as far as ministry is concerned. Rev. Turner believed that every true man of God needed five things: Purpose, Perseverance, Preparation, Purity and Piety. He instilled in Dr. McMillan that his great challenge would be “getting people to see themselves.” Dr. McMillan spent countless hours conversing and debating with Rev. Turner. Today, many people who knew Rev. Turner say that Rev. McMillan is just like him.
Dr. McMillan was educated in the Cumberland County School system. Then attended Fayetteville Technical Community College, and started a career in the building trade. After his call to the ministry, he enrolled in the International Seminary of Plymouth, Florida and earned his Bachelor of Theology in 1992. He received a Master of Theology from Christian Bible College, Rocky Mount, NC in 1994; He received a Master of Divinity in 1996 and Doctor of Ministry in 1997 from Christian Life School of Theology of Columbus, Georgia.
Rev. McMillan spent several years singing in quartets and other gospel groups before accepting his call to the preaching ministry in 1980. He was ordained a Deacon in the AME Zion Church in 1982, and ordained an Elder in 1984. God has opened many doors for Dr. McMillan to preach the gospel. As a local preacher, he preached 15 to 20 sermons a month. Since 1986, he has preached over 145 sermons per year in many states and around the world. He takes the call to ministry seriously.
Pastorates: He has served the following churches in the Central North Carolina: Chapel Grove AME Zion Church, White Oak, NC on the Fayetteville District, Little Marsh Chapel AME Zion Church, St. Pauls, NC on the Laurinburg District, Freedom Chapel AME Zion Church, Raeford, NC on the Laurinburg District, Franklin Chapel AME Zion Church, Laurinburg, NC on the Laurinburg District and Bethel AME Zion Church, Spring Lake, NC on the Duun-Lillington District. Each church has experienced exception growth numerically, physically, financially and spiritually. Over the years, many renovations, innovations, and more than 35 local preachers has been left as a testimony to the goodness of God and the productivity of the ministry of Dr. and Mrs. McMillan.
Evangelism: He served as the Director of Evangelism of the Laurinburg District in the Central North Carolina Conference for nineteen years. Dr. McMillan served as the director of the recent organized, by not yet funded Church Growth Division of the AME Zion Church. He also served on Conference Board of Evangelism in Central NC Conference, as the Episcopal Director of Evangelism in the Eastern NC Episcopal District, as the Chairman of Conference Board of Admissions in the Central NC Conference, Conference Finance Committee Treasurer, District Finance Committee, District Board of Examiners and District Dean of Institute, and a Cornerstone Heralder of World Methodist Evangelism.
Teaching: He spent several years as a motivational speaker in Scotland County, North Carolina encouraging At-Risk High School Students. He has lectured at workshop, conference and district institutes, conventions, and retreats throughout the country and overseas. He served as the Local Preacher Instructors for more than twenty years. His evangelistic preaching ministry has taken him throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Bahamas3 Islands, Israel, South Korea, Trinidad, West Indies, Cameroon, West Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Africa. Rev. McMillan has written seven inspirational books, release seven Gospel music CD recordings, and distributes thousands of teaching cassettes and CDs each year.
Community Outreach: He has served on the Board of Directors of the Board of Health in Scotland County, NC; Scotland Board on Race Relations; Board of Community Access Channel Committee of Scotland County, Habitat for Humanity, Past President of the Minister’s Association of Scotland County, The Ministerial Alliance of Scotland County, Life Member of the NAACP, and as a member of many other civic organizations. He has sponsored MLK Breakfast events, City-Wide Revivals, Unity in the Community Events, Couple’s Cruises and several health screening events.
Family: He is married to the former Barbara Jean Adams, who has been his partner in life and ministry for more than forty years. A local preacher in the AME Zion Church, she coordinates the media ministry’s duplication, mail orders, sales and marketing. She has been working by his side in ministry throughout the last 28 years. She is a dedicated Christian who lives to serve others. They are the proud parents of five adult children, Robin, David, Timothy, Tyrone, Oscar and thirteen adorable grandchildren.
Born and raised in Hamlet, North Carolina, she is the third of ten children born to Alvin and Frances Dumas. Reared in a Christian family and nurtured in the Waymon Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Hamlet, her spiritual roots run deep. She gave her life to Christ at the age of eleven and learned early the difference that a personal relationship with Christ could make. She was educated in the public school system of Richmond County North Carolina. Upon her graduation from high school, she worked as an Inspector for Mac Panel Corporation in High Point, North Carolina and as a Computer Operator for High Point Memorial Hospital. After moving to Dallas, Texas, she worked as a Data Entry Clerk at Wadley Institute, a Cancer and Research Hospital and at Lomas and Nettleton Mortgage Company. She was hired as the Supervisor of Food Services for Tri City Centre Hospital, where she later became Food Service Manager after completing her training and certification in Food Service Management at Eastfield College and being registered with the Dallas Health Department.
When Ms. Dumas moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1994, she was hired by Dr. Norman H. Hicklin as the Administrative Assistant for the Bureau of Evangelism and brought a wealth of experience and expertise to that office. She proved to be so valuable to the Department that she was retained as the Administrative Assistant when Dr. Darryl B. Starnes, Sr. became the new Director in 1996. In October of 1996, she rededicated her life to Christ and became a member of the Weeping Willow A. M. E. Zion Church. At Weeping Willow, she serves faithfully as the chairperson of the Hostess Ministry, as a member of the Parent Body Missionary Society, and as a member of the Prayer Ministry.
During more than eleven years of service, she has helped to give stability and continuity to the Department of Evangelism. Because of the travel responsibilities of the Director of Evangelism, her skills and attention to detail enable the office to run smoothly and efficiently. Her work ethic, pleasant personality, administrative skills, and dedication to Christ make her an invaluable part of the leadership team. She finds joy in helping to plan and to coordinate the evangelistic events sponsored by the Bureau of Evangelism, such as convocations, congresses, solemn assemblies, and outreach activities at connectional meetings and General Conferences. She says, “I have had various jobs in the past years, but I never had a job, that has given me the inspiration I have received since I have been employed with the Bureau of Evangelism. I pray that God will continue to bless me as I continue to work for Him.”