Director of Congregational Development
Phil is the Director of Congregational Development. He serves as a consultant on many aspects of local church life.
Phil graduated from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in marketing and healthcare administriation. He moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University where he received an MBA and MDiv. from the dual degree program in business and theology. During his Doctor of Ministry work at the United Theological Seminary, he completed three books with Abingdon Press entitled Using the Five Senses to Tell God's Story: Children's Sermons for the New Common Lectionary - Years A, B & C. He is also the co-author of The Stewardship Journey, The Capacity for More and More than Just One Neighbor - based on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
He has taught Religious Leadership and Administration as well as Evangelism, Preaching, and New Church Leadership Academy as adjunct faculty at the Candler School of Theology. He has also taught in the leadership track at Wesley Seminary in their Doctor of Ministry Program. His previous appointments include: Connectional Ministries, Grayson UMC, Peachtree Road UMC, Gainesville First UMC, Stark UMC and Lowell UMC.
He and his wife Elizabeth have been married more than 29 years and have three children, Daniel, Kathryn and Paul. For fun, Phil enjoys a challenging game of Scrabble or a thoughtful film.