REMEMBERING MY FRIEND DICK MILLS
2Tim. 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Dick Mills has gone on to his heavenly reward. He will be sorely missed. I was blessed to be introduced to Dick in 1976 in a service in Kerman, California. Our relationship continued as he has ministered in our church once or twice a year since our church began in 1978. I have considered him my mentor and friend throughout my entire ministry. From Brother Mills I learned to appreciate the written word. His hunger for the word of God was contagious, it influenced me greatly. From him I learned the importance of studying the scripture in the original languages. He taught me the importance of word studies and lexicons. I will never forget the night he stayed in my home about thirty years ago. About five in the morning he knocked at my door with a pot of coffee. I followed him to his room to find the floor covered with Bible translations and commentaries. He had obviously been up for several hours devouring God’s word. His hunger effected me profoundly.
I also learned to value and appreciate the anointing of the Holy Spirit from Dick. I remember being stunned in that first service in Kerman as he ministered prophetically by the Spirit. That was the first time I saw people falling out in the power of God. The experiences of that day made a permanent impression on me. Years later, early in 1995, Brother Dick called me from Toronto. He was in renewal services at the Toronto Airport Church. He was so excited as he told me about the fresh outpouring he was experiencing there. This was enormously encouraging to me in New Orleans. We also were experiencing the same strange outpouring of the Spirit, his embracing of that move was a huge encouragement to me.
A few weeks later Dick came to minister in our church. As soon as he came into the service he stopped in his tracks and turned to me and said, “This is the same thing I felt as a young man in Angeles Temple”. He said that the Azusa Street outpouring continued for about thirty years. He said it was the same as that new outpouring of the Spirit of God. He went on to say that those early Pentecostals were tired of being criticized. They backed off of the anointing and lost the manifest presence that had birthed their movement.
Yes, Dick Mills will be greatly missed. Thankfully, thousands have been effected by his ministry and will continue his legacy. The legacy that he left me was being Protestant and Pentecostal, for that I make no apologies. In the last year our church purchased the Dick Mills library. It is quite amazing with over 5000 volumes many of which have been out of print for many years. Every time I study in that library I will remember Dick and give thanks to the Lord for that special man of God.