Phil Whipple was elected bishop at the US National Conference in June 2009. He was re-elected in June 2013.
Phil was born on June 23, 1957. When he was very young, his father died. His mother remarried, and they moved to Illinois, where he spent his school days.
Phil grew up in a strong Christian family where he learned the importance of prayer and obedience. He sensed God’s call into ministry at the age of 17, and began an educational journey through two Bible colleges, before graduating from Liberty University. He attended Huntington University for graduate school.
Phil took his first pastorate in 1984. In 1990, he joined the United Brethren Church as an associate at Richfield Road UB church in Flint, Mich. In 1991, he was stationed as pastor of Pleasant Valley UB in Lake Odessa, Mich., and remained there for seven years.
In 1998, Phil was assigned as senior pastor of Colwood UB church in Caro, Mich. Under his leadership, the church’s morning attendance grew from 200 to over 500, and they baptized over 130 people.
Phil and his wife, Sandy, were married in 1979. They have two grown and married sons, Josh and Mike, both serving the Lord in ministry.
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Huntington, IN 46750
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On the Personal Side
I was born in Winchester, Ind., and grew up on a farm in Ottawa, Ill.
About My Spouse
Sandy and I met in Bible college in Rock Island, Ill. We were married in 1979.
Hobbies and Special Interests
I’m a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. I loved playing sports, especially basketball in high school. I played slow-pitch softball until I was 52.
In my spare time I like to watch sports and read. Sandy loves to scrapbook and doing ceramic painting
Church I Attend
That would be wherever I am scheduled to be on a Sunday. If we are at our home, we normally attend Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. But we are gone the majority of the time.
I have two sons, Josh and Mike, both married to lovely ladies.
We have two delightful granddaughters.
What I Like About My Work
I love the church and like to see the church be successful. I enjoy the people who work at the national office.
An Accomplishment I’m Proud of
Having sons and daughters-in-law who love Jesus and are passionate about serving the church.
Favorite Christian Books
- The DreamGiver, by Bruce WIlkinson.
- Communicating for a Change, by Andy Stanley.
- Courageous Leadership, by Bill Hybels.
- The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, and Having the Guts to Respond, by Bill Hybels.
- The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within, by Erwin McManus.
Favorite Places I’ve Been
- Montepuez, Mozambique.
- Wrigley Field in Chicago.