Dr. David B. Mills is the founder and Senior Pastor of Through The Word Bible Fellowship, located in New Castle, Delaware. He has been married for 18 years to his childhood sweetheart, Bernadette, who partners with him in ministry and they have five wonderful children.
Pastor Mills was licensed in 1990 and ordained in 1991. David served in the Navy for five years and has translated that experience to the church where order, structure and discipline are a significant part of the emphasis. He has also had the privilege to travel to several continents as a result of his Navy experience such as Asia, Philippines, Korea and the Middle East where he was stationed for 181 days. As a result, he believes this has attributed to him being a strong supporter of world missions and believes that the church is obligated to sow there if they are not able to go there.
He has attended Christian Research And Development, Philadelphia, Pa under the auspices of Dr. Willie Richardson, while there he received his Certification for Biblical Counseling and completed the coursework for "Pastoring With A Purpose". He completed coursework at Center For Urban Theological Studies and received his Doctorate Degree from Minnesota graduate School of Theology in August of 2006. In August of 2008 David completed Kingdom University, Atlanta Ga. under the auspices of Dr. Cindy N. Trimm.
A prolific Author, Pastor Mills produced his first book entitled "The Ministry Called Family" in December of 2008. The book gives understanding of the responsibilities, challenges of developing, honoring, and serving in a family with the mindset of our family being our first ministry. It's' chapters include: "The Ministry of the Leader" (The Husband), "The Ministry of The Influencer" (The Wife) , "Parenting 101 and 102" and special chapters dedicated to "Blended And A Blessing" and "Successful Singles". There are also chapters for "Single Plus 40,50,60 Something" and "Successful Single Parenting".
Pastors David and Bernadette were recently elevated by Bishop Steven Banks and Dr. Keira Banks of Living Waters International Alliance of Churches to National Directors in January of 2009, whom they have had the pleasure to minister with and on the behalf in the United States and in Nigeria, Africa.
Pastor Bernadette Mills is the Executive Pastor at Through The Word Bible Fellowship. Her primary responsibility is to provide training, development and accountability for the leadership. She is married to her childhood sweetheart and they have five children; which is her first ministry.
Pastor Mill's divine assignment at large is to bring alignment to the body of Christ with a prophetic thrust.
She is a licensed and ordained minister and has a bachelors degree from Temple University, (1989), Philadelphia, PA. In 2001 she attended the Christian Research and Development Philadelphia, PA where she became a Certified Biblical Counselor. Pastor Bernadette also attended Kingdom University, under the auspices of Dr. Cindy N. Trimm held in West Palm Beach, FL. She completed Human Resource Management and Personnel Coursework from Penn State and has received the Conflict Resolution Award for her Staff Development from Center For Resolutions, Media, PA.
Prior to formal ministry, Pastor Bernadette had been employed by Temple University as a Conference and Housing Coordinator overseeing three campuses immediately following graduation. She worked as an Administrator for the University of Pennsylvania in Career Planning and Placement and at the Delaware County Community College as an Admissions Counselor.
Following that season she left the workforce to raise her children for the last twelve years. However in 2004 she was recently called by the Intermediate Unit to bring their Head Start Program with 15 different sites into compliance with Federal Government Regulations. She completed that assignment within 9 months successfully meeting all regulations. As of May 2009, she is still contracted to conduct Staff Development Trainings for the Intermediate Unit in the areas of Behavioral Management and Coping Strategies.
Pastor Bernadette traveled to Nigeria for two weeks, along with a team to train churches in leadership under the auspices of her Bishop and Overseer, Steven W Banks, Living Waters International Alliance. She has also traveled to Mainland China, Hong Kong and the Philippines representing the US Department of Foreign Relations.
Pastor Bernadette has hosted and taught on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) five times within last two years and was the first to host "The Pastors Kid" show. She and her husband also have a monthly show on TV 28 in Delaware. She is frequently requested to minister for leadership development, women and marriage seminars and workshops.
She enjoys extracting untapped potential in others, and then providing the training, tools and resources to reach a predetermined goal. She believes that training, development and accountability via CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD is the key to nothing less than success!