Serving In

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and growing up in a pastoral family, the church has always been a part of Stephen's life. While serving a year in Germany, God spoke to him, working with youth discipleship. In wanting to go into a cross-cultural setup, he was advised to broaden his worldview first. He studied law at the University of Johannesburg and graduated with his bachelor of law. During this time studying law Stephen hosted several groups of young people from Germany and South America and facilitated their ministry. He also led a team to Madagascar and took a mission trip to Ukraine. All of these encounters confirmed God's calling into a cross-cultural ministry. Stephen currently holds a Master of Divinity through Northwest Nazarene University, focusing on family, youth and children.

After completing his law degree, he was asked to help the church in Africa respond to the issues of human trafficking. In serving the church in Africa, Stephen felt called to the church in West Africa. Stephen served in Senegal for five years, working with Dakar youth discipleship, urban ministry, and social advocacy. Most recently, Stephen moved to the USA/ Canada region, working specifically at Shepherd community centre as chief of staff. In this role, Stephen helps churches and districts understand how to work in an urban space: listening and being part of what God is doing in cities across the region.

I invite you to join me in prayer as we participate in the redemptive work found in Jesus.


Stephen Phillips

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