Phil is a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and received his M.Div. degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He worked with Operation Mobilization in Spain (he helped plant a church in Aranjuez, Spain where John Jay served as Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain), England and on board the M. V. Doulos in South America. He taught for five years at Salisbury Christian School and received a Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1998. He is married to Jean and has four children.