After 40 years serving in several capacities at Saint Michael and All Angels, Ann Mills, Director of Congregational Care, has announced she will retire at the end of the year closing her tenure at the church on December 31. In announcing her retirement, Ann said:
“In August 1977, Dr. Bill Power received a grant to establish a professional Christian Education Department at Saint Michael. I was privileged to be hired as the Administrative Assistant for the first staff. He hired four women and charged us with being creative in meeting the formation needs of our large community. We assembled a great team of volunteers to create structure and programs for all ages. From those beginnings my position has morphed through five Rectors into my current position in Pastoral Care. In every stage throughout forty years, I have been blessed to have met the needs of parishioners – particularly when they were at their most vulnerable or when significant changes happened in their lives. Providing support, food, and other needs from the birth of a child to the death of a loved one has been a ministry from my heart.
Almost forty years to the day from Dr. Power’s call to this ministry, I believe it is time to cherish what has been and be open to new possibilities. Saint Michael is a caring community of diverse people who are a strong witness in our city. I am happy to call this place family. This ministry would never have been possible without the love and support of my two sons, Clay and Marshall, so to each of them and to the many wonderful volunteers my heartfelt thanks.”
Vicar Bill Murray praised Ann’s 40 year ministry of caring and love.
“There are in the world certain people who seem to know everyone – people who don’t simply know the names of folk present but who know the connections that matter. Ann Mills was and is one of those people who knows everyone, knows how they are related, and works tirelessly to make sure that they feel loved.
Forty years of ministry is nothing short of stunning in today’s world where the average tenure for most church positions does not pass a decade. We will miss Ann’s joy and love for all things Saint Michael and her deep desire to care for all. Of course, Ann is not going far. She is simply moving from an employee to an active member.
Ann Mills was one of the first people to welcome me when my family and I arrived in Dallas. She was absolutely the first to notice when my parents or my in-laws were in town for a visit. She was definitely the one to comment on and celebrate the joys of having family gathered here at Saint Michael. There are countless stories of simple connection like those that have been the hallmark of Ann’s ministry among us. So, please join me in thanking Ann Mills for an amazing body of work. Join me in celebrating one of those folks who knows everyone and takes the time to care.”
A reception to honor Ann and her ministry will be held Sunday. January 21 following the 11:00 worship services. Those wishing to contribute to a purse for Ann, which will be presented at the reception, should send a check noted for Ann Mill’s purse, to Saint Michael and All Angels.