Pastor Mike Derflinger - Senior Pastor
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Carolyn Mills - Organist and Director of Choirs
Carolyn Mills began her music ministry when she was just 11 years old as church organist at her home church, Straightstone Baptist Church in Long Island, VA. She played for the Youth Sunday School class starting at just 9 years old. Through her middle and high school years, and even through her years studying music education at Radford College, Carolyn continued to serve as organist at her home church. After college, she began serving as organist at Inglewood Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA, then at Lane Memorial Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church in Altavista, VA.
In 1987, Carolyn and her family moved to Christiansburg, VA. In the New River Valley, she served as the organist at Main Street Baptist Church in Christiansburg for 11 years, Radford Presbyterian Church for 9 years, and starting in August 2009 she became the organist at St. Paul United Methodist Church, where she still serves to this day. Throughout the years she has been a choir director to all ages from preschool through adults at various churches. She was the choir director of three children’s choirs with combined 72 members at Main Street Baptist Church. Presently, she is the Children’s Choir Director at St. Paul Methodist Church.
Carolyn earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Radford University with concentrations in piano, organ and voice, and a masters of education degree in reading from Longwood University. She holds a Level I Orff-Schulwerk certification. Working alongside Radford University Music Department, Carolyn has been an adjunct professor working with numerous college music education students in their blocking and student teaching experiences. Nine of her students went on to be music teachers in Montgomery County Public Schools. She retired in 2016 after 33 years of teaching music in the public school system of Virginia.
Carolyn and her husband Gerald have known each other since the first grade and have been married for 47 years. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Angela Mills and Heather Mills McClaugherty. Angela works with Virginia Tech in the advancement for the College of Engineering. She recently became engaged. Heather is the music teacher at Christiansburg Primary School and the choir director at St. Paul Methodist Church. She is married to Brandon and they have blessed us with two precious grandchildren, Braxton and Zoey.
For over 57 years, Carolyn has taught children and adults private piano lessons in her home music studio. She continues to instill a love of music and understanding of the fundamentals into her students of all ages.
Carol Slaughter - Administrative Assistant
Carol was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA. She came to the New River Valley in 1996 when her husband transferred to Virginia Tech.
Carol has always had a love for photography and graphic design. Her photography has been published in newspapers and calendars. She was also a wedding photographer for many years until she decided to go back to school. She received her A.A.S. degree in Information Technology & Computer Graphic Design (more design than IT) from New River Community College with plans to transfer to Radford University. Those plans changed quickly when she and her husband were blessed with triplet boys.
Carol and her husband reside in Christiansburg, VA . Their triplet boys are graduates of Christiansburg High School and are attending college locally.
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