State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are pleased to recognize milestone events in
 4    the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, It has come  to  our  attention  that  Ervin  R.
 6    Millsaps  was  recently installed as the new Pastor at Shiloh
 7    Baptist Church in Chicago; and

 8        WHEREAS, Ervin R. Millsaps was  licensed  to  preach  the
 9    Gospel  Ministry  at  his home church, Smith Grove Baptist in
10    Hiddenite, North Carolina on April 23, 1980; he was  ordained
11    to   the   Gospel   Ministry  by  the  Yadkin  Davie  Baptist
12    Association of North Carolina on January 17, 1983; and

13        WHEREAS, Dr. Millsaps served as Pastor of  the  Old  Town
14    Baptist  Church in Galex, Virginia from 1982-1984, New Bethal
15    Baptist Church in Morganton, North Carolina  from  1984-1988,
16    New  Hope  Baptist  Church  in Charlotte, North Carolina from
17    1988-1992,  and  greater   Fellowship   Baptist   Church   in
18    Charlotte, North Carolina from 1992-2001; and

19        WHEREAS,   Dr.  Millsaps  has  an  extensive  theological
20    education; in 1992, he received his Bachelor of  Arts  degree
21    in  Religion and Philosophy from Shaw  University in Raleigh,
22    North Carolina; in 1995, he received a Masters of Divinity in
23    Christian Education  from  Southeastern  Baptist  Theological
24    Seminary  in  Wake  Forest, North Carolina; a Wyatt T. Walker
25    Fellow, he  completed  his  post  graduate  study  at  United
26    Theological  Seminary  in  Dayton,  Ohio,  and  was awarded a
27    Doctor of Ministry degree in 1998; and

28        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Millsaps  recognizes  that  the   greatest
29    challenge  to  the  church  is to provide viable and relevant
30    ministry to a constantly changing and evolving community;  in
31    response  to  this challenge, his Multi-Disciplinary Ministry
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 1    emphasizes  Biblical  Literacy,  Christian  Stewardship   and
 2    Christian Social Activism; and

 3        WHEREAS, Dr. Millsaps has religious affiliations with the
 4    Congress   of   Christian  Education,  the  National  Baptist
 5    Convention, USA, Inc.,  and  The  Greater  New  Era  District
 6    Association;  under the auspices of the Congress of Christian
 7    Education, he is  currently  developing  the  Midwest  Region
 8    Discipleship Cluster; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Millsaps was born on November 12, 1961 and
10    is a native of Taylorville, North  Carolina;  he  served  his
11    country  in  the U.S. National Guard from 1979 to 1981; since
12    1982, he has been married  to  the  former  Lizzie  Towns  of
13    Brooklyn,  New  York  and  is the proud father of a daughter,
14    Octavia Ruth; therefore, be it

17    congratulate Ervin R. Millsaps on his recent  installment  as
18    Pastor  of Shiloh Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois; and be
19    it further

20        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
21    presented to Pastor Ervin R. Millsaps as an expression of our
22    esteem.

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