Consulting Minister


Rev. Ernie Mills completed a BA in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a Master of Religious Education from Duke Divinity School, and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He previously served as minister to the Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County.


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Rev. Michael J. Carter is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He moved to New York City in 1980 and lived there for 25 years, working as a professional actor before moving to Asheville with his family. Michael is an ordained Interfaith minister and received his BA Degree in Letters from the College of New Rochelle where he graduated cum laude. He received his Masters In Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2000.

While serving various Unitarian Universalist congregations in New York, Michael was trained as an anti-racism trainer and has been recognized by President Bill Clinton for his efforts. Michael was also a weekly columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times. Rev. Carter also serves as part-time minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of The Swannanoa Valley, in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Rev. Carter’s recently published book is entitled, God Consciousness, A 30 Day Meditation Guide To Self Realization. Rev. Carter’s other two books are entitled, Alien Scriptures: Extraterrestrials In The Holy Bible and, A New World If You Can Take It: God, Extraterrestrials, and the Evolution of Human Consciousness. The books are published by Grave Distractions Publishing Company.


Farewell Letter to Tryon

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
12:58 pm.

Dear Members & Friends of the Thermal Belt UU Fellowship,
It appears that I will be serving the Black Mountain Congregation full time beginning this July of 2017. It’s been a few years coming but finally we have the budget to make this happen. With that said, I want to thank you all so, so, very much for the support and love that you have given me during my year of service to you.
I feel that I am not going too far out on a limb by saying that we both have grown and are the better for it. I certainly feel that I am. Once again, I thank you all for making me feel supported and also for the beautiful stole that you have gifted to me. Keep the faith!
Wishing you all Justice, Blessings, & Peace,