Staff Directory

Larry Phillips

Larry Phillips

Title: Immigrant Ministries Strategist
Group: Admin & Convention Relations
Phone: (828) 244-8102

Larry serves as the Unifour Strategy Coordinator with the Strategic Focus Team.  He began his ministry with the Baptist State Convention in January 2000. His previous ministry assignment was Director of Hollifield Leadership Center in Conover.  He also served as Hispanic Coach / Consultant with the Multi-Cultural Leadership Team.  His focus was church development and leadership formation among Hispanic congregations.

Prior to joining the Convention staff, Larry served as Regional Coach for Western South America while under appointment with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He coached missionary and national church planting teams in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. He was also team coach for the Western South America Regional Leadership Team located in Quito, Ecuador.  Larry served with the International Mission Board for 19 years.

Larry grew up in a small mill village town in upstate South Carolina, where he felt God’s call upon his life while in high school. Larry graduated from Furman University. He received his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

His pastoral ministries included:  Pastor, Mountain View Baptist Church, Lexington, N.C.; Associate Pastor, FBC, Hickory, N.C.; and, Pastor, FBC, Lima, Peru.

Larry has a passion to see people move beyond self-imposed limits on their personhood and potential. He believes in one’s ability to move forward … to become all one is meant to be in Christ. He embraces diversity, encourages differences, shares decision-making and purses a personal identity conformed to the servant image of Christ.

He is married to his high school sweetheart Kathy.  They have two children and five grandchildren.  When not “working” he enjoys his Gold Wing and “lake living” …