Dr. Richard S. McMillan, Sr.
Dr. Richard S. McMillan Sr., Pastor of Markham Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After graduation from the Chapel Hill School system, he attended Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he majored in history and minored in music.
Pastor McMillan began his tenure at Markham Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in 1978. When he became Pastor of Markham Chapel, it was a small A-frame wooden building with approximately 50 members. Markham Chapel is now a 1,000-seat edifice with approximately 1,200 members. Each year, Pastor McMillan leads a successful food and clothing drive to assist those in need in the community. Under his leadership, the ministerial staff has grown to more than 25 associate ministers of which 4 have gone on to serve as Pastor in other local churches. There is a successful Enrichment Ministry which oversees the tutoring program, and several other ministries, such as a thriving Women's Ministry, Men's Ministry, Transportation Ministry, Hospitality Ministry, Youth Ministry, along with a very active Missions Ministry and an Outreach and Mentoring Ministry and newly formed Nurses for Christ Ministry.
Pastor McMillan received an Honorary Doctoral Degree in June 1999 from the Southern California School of Ministry in Los Angeles, California.
Pastor McMillan is known for his "big heart" and cheerful nature. We, the Markham Chapel Church family, believe that 1 Corinthians 13:1 sums up the life of Pastor McMillan. "Though I speak with tongue of men and angels, and have NOT love, I am become as sounding brass and tinkling cymbal."