B i o g r a p h y

Zach W. Mills is a communications scholar and ordained minister who studies race, religion, rhetoric, and media. He is the author of The Last Blues Preacher, a biography about Chicago civil rights hero Rev. Clay Evans, being published by Fortress Press on May 1, 2018.


He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2003 with a major in Print Journalism and a minor in Religious Studies. He has two master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity emphasizing Social Justice and a Master of Arts focussing on African American Preaching. 


He earned a Ph.D in Rhetoric and Public Culture from Northwestern University. His dissertation on WVON Radio entitled “Talking Drum” won the 2017 Graduate Dissertation Award in the university's communication studies department.


He teaches a public speaking course at Belmont University in Nashville and an online preaching course at Chicago Theological Seminary entitled “Preaching the Headlines.” 


Zach Mills is a storyteller who uses the power of words to inspire people find common ground in spite of their many differences. He sees his writing and speaking as avenues that can inspire people to awaken to their passions, imagine greater possibilities, and jump onto those paths leading toward the best version of themselves.