Congratulations, Rev. Phillips!
May 18, 2012
GPTS Honorary Doctorate
Westminster alumnus and board memberRev. Richard Phillips (M.Div. '98), will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary at their 22nd annual commencement ceremonies. Rev. Phillips is currently the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC.
Congratulations from Westminster and the Alumni offices!
Rev. Phillips served in the US Army for 13 years, holding command and staff positions in a number of combat units. While gaining his M.B.A. at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, he was converted to faith in Christ through the preaching of the gospel at Tenth Presbyterian Church. A few years later, while serving as assistant professor of leadership at West Point and holding the rank of major, he and his wife were persuaded of God’s call into the ordained ministry. Resigning from the Army, they moved back to Philadelphia to attend seminary.
While still in seminary, Rick became minister to a large inner-city outreach to singles and within a few years was preaching weekly at Tenth Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia, the very church in which he was earlier converted and where he had met Sharon. During that time he also served on the staff of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a radio and publishing ministry led by Rick’s mentor and senior pastor, James Montgomery Boice. He remains on the board of directors of that organization, currently serving as vice chairman. He also chairs the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, founded by Dr. Boice in 1974 and passed on to Rick’s leadership after Dr. Boice’s death in 2000. Rev. Phillips’ preaching is heard nationwide on the radio program, God’s Living Word.
Rev. Phillips joined Westminster's board of trustees in December of 2011. He has written, edited, or contributed to many books available at the Westminster Bookstore. Here are just a few: