Phil was born in Seminole, but moved to Muskogee shortly before his tenth birthday. He grew up in a church-going family and prayed to receive Christ at the age of eight. Little was taught about growing in Christ, and it was his freshman year at OU before he learned what it meant to walk with Jesus as a disciple, a follower of Christ. He graduated from OU and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary before returning to Oklahoma to pastor churches.
Phil has pastored churches in Webbers Falls, Muskogee, Lake Tenkiller area and Fort Gibson. He has been a staff chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Muskogee since 1990, and he taught Spanish and computers at the Oklahoma School for the Blind for 22 years. He has served as director of the Community First Center since 2015.
Phil is married to Vicki and they have three grown children and three adorable grandchildren.