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About Dr. Phillis

Dr. Jim Phillis works as a certified personal life coach.

Jim’s biblical training and pastoral experience provide a foundation for biblical coaching, which leads people to see for themselves the ways that God uses the Gospel to redeem what is broken so that people can fulfill His call upon their lives.

Jim has been working as a life coach since 2005. He completed his coach training with the Institute for Life Coach Training and received the credential of Board Certified Coach in 2012. Since he began this ministry, his ministry chiefly focuses on individuals and couples who are seeking to overcome the struggles of sexual sin and the damage that this sin creates.

“I have front row seats to watch God change people’s lives. It’s more exciting than the Super Bowl!”

Following graduation from Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Jim served congregations in four states for over 20 years. He continues to serve as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.

In 2004, following the completion of the Doctor of Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary, Jim began working in various roles for New Life Ministries. He continues to serve as a presenter and group facilitator at the Every Man’s Battle workshop and a group facilitator for the post-EMB Sustained Victory groups.

Jim and his wife Susan met in junior high, growing up in the Peoria, Illinois, area. They married in 1980 and raised three children who have followed their mother’s career path and work as educators.

They are happy and exhausted when everyone returns home.

If you would like more information about coaching, please call Jim at (828)-243-9295 or fill out the online contact form.

Being Home

This sermon by Dr. Jim Phillis, given in October 2018 at Hazelwood Presbyterian Church (PCA), expresses his heart for coaching ministry.

The parable Jesus uses here is one of the most familiar to the Church. Typically called the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the parable actually deals with the relationships of two brothers to their father. Both brothers struggle to relate to their father in a healthy way. Curiously, the brother who struggles openly is able to reconnect while the brother who appears to be a dutiful actually struggles secretly. We need to recognize the power of a father’s love portrayed here to better understand our Heavenly Father’s love for us.

“God tells us in His Word that He has given every believer gifts that are absolutely essential to the health of His church. As each disciple becomes healthier, the local church becomes healthier, and the power of the Gospel is displayed more clearly. I am privileged to see God’s work in the coaching process.”

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