PASTOR CED & LADY JOI McMILLAN
ANOINTED, BOLD, GOD-CENTERED, VISIONARY are all adjectives used to describe Pastor C.D. McMillan, I., (affectionally called, "PC" or "Pastor Ced" by his congregation), Senior Pastor of New Birth Community Church.
Pastor McMillan’s story is one of perseverance, patience and excellence. Pastor McMillan was born to Rev. and Mrs. Cedrick (Valerie) McMillan in Mobile, AL and graduated Cum Laude from Spring Hill College-where he doubled majored in Political Science and Theology. He earned his Masters of Liberal Arts from Spring Hill College and is currently pursuing his PhD in Human Services with a concentration in Family Studies and Intervention Strategies.
Pastor McMillan entered the Christian ministry and was licensed at the age of sixteen at Pure Word Deliverance House of Prayer, Inc., Eight Mile, AL. and was consecrated and ordained an Elder in 2008 by Bishop Cornelius W. Woods, II. at Pure Word Deliverance House of Prayer, Inc. For five years (2003-2008), God molded and honed Pastor McMillan’s gift and skills while at Pure Word Deliverance House of Prayer, Inc. because he knew what enormous tasks lay before him. God knew when the time was right a community and generation that many had dismissed would need Pastor McMillan’s leadership and strength if they were going to come to know Him.
In 2006, Pastor McMillan finished his first book entitled: How to Stay Spiritually Fit, which was released on the market in March 2008. He is currently finalizing his second book. Pastor McMillan co-founded, and served as the first Headmaster of Prichard Preparatory School; he is the President of McMillan Investments, LLC.; President of the Center of Hope Community Development Corporation, and is a licensed real estate agent in the State of Alabama.
In early 2008, Pastor McMillan was called to begin a new church in West Mobile: “New Birth Community Church” under the covering of Dr. Ruby L. Eldridge and Pure Word Deliverance House of Prayer, Inc.. With the vision of empowering all people to know God through life changing experiences from the inside out, Pastor McMillan strives to minister to those who have given up on God, and the church. His God-given vision, considered “untraditional” by many, has proven successful in reaching a diverse group of people ranging in age, class, and color.
In addition to his ministerial work, Pastor McMillan is actively involved in the community. From 2008-2012, Pastor McMillan served as the President and CEO of the Prichard Area Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership the Chamber grew over 30% and new business enhancement programs were implemented. Pastor McMillan is a proud member of the NAACP and the 100 Black Men of Mobile.
Over the years, Pastor McMillan has received numerous awards, too many to name, among them are: induction into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for theology, induction into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, the Kiwanis International Outstanding Service Award, and George Washington Carver Visionary Award.
In his free time, Pastor McMillan enjoys playing golf, cooking, reading/writing, and traveling. Pastor McMillan is married to the love of his life, Joi, and is the proud father of Madison McKenzie McMillan, and C.D. McMillan, II.
Lady Joi McMillan, affectionally known as "Lady J," stands alongside her husband in ministry, Pastor Ced, as First Lady of New Birth Community Church.
Although, a huge role with much responsibility, Lady J is leading the women of New Birth Community Church to higher heights of service and ministry to "family." Distinguished by her heart for women, respected for her wisdom, and recongnized by her loving disposition, she is called to pour into women from all walks of life.
At New Birth, she gives leadership to the women's ministry by creating programs and outlets to celebrate feminity, and to bring health and wholeness to the female soul.
Throughout her life, she has been faced with many obstacles and she has been called to use her experience(s) to help others ovecome their own obstacles.
As well as being well accomplished spiritually and educationally, she is an awesome wife and mother to Madison and CJ.