Todd Mills talks about the unique ministries of Cape County Cowboy Church

Sunday, January 6, 2013
Todd Mills is music minister at Cape County Cowboy Church. (Fred Lynch)

As you might expect from the church's name, Cape County Cowboy Church is a little different from traditional and contemporary worship services. Music has a lot to do with this fact.

In this week's Ministry Focus, music and media director Todd Mills answers questions about faith and what makes this church unique.

In addition to serving on staff at Cape County Cowboy Church, Mills is part of the Southern Brothers band. The group typically has three to four local concerts each year, most serving as benefits.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

A: I make my home in Jackson with my wife Lisa and two boys, Landon and Rylee. We moved to Jackson in 2008 to be closer to our jobs and church. Our boys are active in baseball, which keeps us very busy.

Q: How long have you been a member of your faith?

A: We started attending Cowboy Church in 2005. As of my faith, I have been a believer since I was 13 years old.

Q: Who or what inspired you to become a music minister?

A: Funny you ask that, I had just started singing at church when the previous music director felt led to another church. I was approached by the pastor to see if I would "fill in" until the position was filled. Six short years later, the church hired me as the full-time music/media director.

Q: What's the greatest blessing you've experienced in the ministry?

A: Getting a text or a email stating that a song shared Sunday morning stayed with them all week to help make their day better. Or if someone would let me know that a special song they heard was just what they needed to get them through a trying time.

Q: What's the greatest challenge you've experienced in the ministry?

A: Bringing a "country twist" to the church market with very little resources. In today's society, church music tends to be either traditional or contemporary. Cape County Cowboy Church is very unique in this sense.

Q: In addition to serving as music minister, you are also part of the Southern Brothers band. What's new with the band, and are there any upcoming concerts scheduled for the group in this area?

A: We tend to participate in three to four events a year as not to "saturate" the local area with Southern Brothers. Most generally, the events are actually benefits for the community. People interested in keeping up with Southern Brothers Band can "like" us on Facebook.

Q: What upcoming events or sermon series do you have scheduled at Cape County Cowboy Church?

A: We are in the process of scheduling many events right now.

Q: What's your favorite Bible verse and why?

A: Proverbs 3:6: "In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." If we can learn to live like this, it would take unnecessary pressure off us.

Q: What makes your church unique?

A: We try to take religion out and focus on a personal relationship with God. Our 2013 mission statement is "More of Jesus."

Q: What ongoing ministries does your church have that people might be interested in?

A: Small group Bible studies, children's church, vacation Bible school, horse challenges, Quilting Cowgirls (make and take prayer quilts to those who are sick), Prayer Posse and numerous horse events that anyone in the community is welcome and encouraged to be a part of.

munity. People interested in keeping up with Southern Brothers Band can "like" us on Facebook.

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