Phil Smith - Youth Minister
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Phil joined the staff of Bethany Community Church in January of 2012 as the Youth Intern and upon completion of his Masters of Divinity from Faith Bible Seminary became the Youth Minister in May of 2016. As the Youth Minister, Phil oversees all the student ministries with kids from grades 6-12 including Sunday School and Youth Group on Wednesday nights. Prior to working at BCC, Phil lived in South Africa where he earned his Bachelors of Theology from Christ Seminary in 2012and worked for 4 years as the Children’s Pastor at Christ Baptist Church.
Phil married his wife, Jennie in July of 2016 and enjoys spending time with her. Outside of being with her, he also enjoys hanging out with people, having serious conversations over God's Word, reading good books/audio books, attempting most sports, and used to invest a good amount of time in motorcycles and weight lifting. Phil and Jennie have a son, Kaleb.
Ministry close to your heart?
I really love our whole church and the people in it. However, the Youth Ministry is obviously near and dear to my heart. It is such a wonderful stage in life where kids are thinking and reasoning through truth and then able to start applying it into their lives. The emotion they have brings an intensity and joy to both our ministry and my life that I love being around and hopefully helping to foster further.
Finish this sentence: If I have a free afternoon,I can probably be found...
Hanging out with my wife and/or doing work on our house
What is aScripture verse that is meaningful to you?
Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 1:13-16, 2 Tim3:16-4:2
Book: The Discipline of Grace, Living by the Book, The Art of Biblical Narrative, Kingdom through Covenant, the Harry Potter series
Restaurant: I like food… variety is the spice of life
Ice Cream: Has to have lots of actual chocolate, Uncle Bob's being the one exception