Carolyn Mitchell Dillard is a native and lifelong resident of Keswick, VA. Her greatest joy is being the wife of 20 years to Michael J. Dillard and the mother of Alexandra and Kenneth. While there are many people who have influenced her life and to whom she is appreciative, she is most thankful for being the youngest of the two daughters born to Kenneth and Bernice Mitchell. They ensured that since birth, she has had a solid Christian foundation to build upon.
Carolyn received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1988 from George Mason University, and a Master’s of Business Management in 1996. She is a 2014 graduate of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University where she received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Program from the same institution with a concentration in Trauma Informed Ministry Healing Practices for the African American Community.
She has been employed with the University of Virginia for 16 years and most recently as been appointed as the University-Community Liaison in the office of the Provost. She has been a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 1984.
It was in 2011 at the beloved Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University that she heard the Call from God to preach the Gospel. In 2012, Rev. Dillard preached her initial sermon at her home church, Zion Hill Baptist in Keswick, and was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ by her pastor, Rev. Dr. Lorenzo E. Dyer. In 2014 she was ordained, became assistant pastor, and in November of 2018 became the first female pastor of Zion Hill. She loves teaching, preaching and sharing the precious gift of Jesus Christ through ministry and strives to show her love for people by saying, yes to the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
For Rev. Carolyn Mitchell Dillard, being called by God is not a choice, but a gift to spread the Gospel, as written in Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”