Dr. David Phillips has served as pastor of Mission Fellowship Church, a Southern Baptist Church in Middletown, DE, since 2004. During this time, he has led the church to move from an attractional ministry strategy focused on numbers and attendance to a missional strategy focused on personal ministry in the community. The church has sent out over 100 missionaries to all parts of the country ingrained with this mindset. Since being called into ministry in 1985, David served as pastor or staff member in the areas of evangelism, youth and music in churches in Alabama and Louisiana. He has also served as a short-term missionary to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in Panama City, FL. In addition to currently serving as a Sr. pastor, he assesses church planters for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and is president of Missional Press, a hybrid publishing company focused on spreading missional thought, theology and practice.
David has a BS in Computer Information Systems from Athens State College in Athens, AL, a M.Div in Biblical Languages from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry, Leadership in the Emerging Culture from George Fox Seminary where he learned under Dr. Len Sweet. His doctoral dissertation focused on the integration of theology (theological anthropology and a doctrine of the Gospel) and emerging brain research, identity theory and socialization theory to discover how people learn and unlearn behavior. He has done post-graduate studies in the area of Organizational and Mass Communications at the University of South Florida and the University of Alabama.
He has published one monograph, Chaos in the Church, and one book, Kept: a Devotional
Commentary on Jude. He is nearing publication of Holy Rewired: Science,
the Gospel, and the Journey Towards Wholeness and is also writing
a book on Missional Theology based on the Trinity called, "The MIRROR
Church: The Church Reflecting the Heart of the Trinity". Finally, his
first true eBook, Reframing Success: Missional Metrics for Ministry
Success, is due out in August, 2009. He blogs at http://www.wdavidphillips.com.
In addition to his ministry-related experience, David is a Microsoft Certified Professional and has seven years of IT development and networking experience for several startup firms in Florida and a media publishing division of Time Warner.
David benefits from the The Coaching Leader training from Next Level Leadership and years of experience coaching, training, and mentoring people.
David has been married to Brenna Phillips, who herself has over
fifteen years of experience in children's ministry, since 1996 and
they reside in Smyrna, DE.
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