Phil came to faith in Messiah in January of 1987. At the time he was studying evolutionary biology at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now U-Mass, Dartmouth). After a radical transformation, Phil rejected the myth of Darwinian evolution and left secular college to study the Bible, the very Word of the Creator and Messiah Whom he had received by faith and Who he promised to serve as Lord from that day forward.
Phil spent the next 20 years studying and teaching the Bible coming to a conviction of the importance of sound doctrine, a Biblically based world-view, and the central place of Israel and the Jewish people in God’s plan of redemption for His Creation.
Phil has a passion for worship and has served on Worship Teams since 1988 playing various instruments before finding his gifting as a drummer/percussionist.
In January of 2007 Phil came to Congregation Beth Sar Shalom finding the Grace, Comfort, and Love of Messiah that was lacking in his previous fellowship. Phil began serving the Congregation as a drummer/percussionist and later as Worship Team Leader. In 2009 Phil was appointed as Chaplain after being called to prison and nursing home ministry. Later that year Phil was appointed “Advisor to the Elders” and joined the Congregation’s Leadership Team. In 2010 Phil became the Tucson Coordinator for the March of Remembrance, a national organization to remember the Holocaust and support the Nation of Israel through annual remembrance services and prayer walks, and in 2015 appeared as a delegate representing Tucson, AZ at Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, where the March of Remembrance received the Friend of Israel award. Phil is a founding member of the Congregation’s Ambassador Board and in 2017 was appointed Elder of the Congregation.
Phil also serves the community as a natural gas service technician with Southwest Gas Corporation and with his German shepherd dog Tovah as a K9 handler for Catalina K9s Search and Rescue Team. Phil and Tovah are a Nationally Certified Search and Recovery Team with the International Police Work Dog Association.
Phil and his wife Lisa have been married since 1989 and enjoy spending time with their animals.