David Phillips

David testifies to the LORD’s promise of being a, “faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9). A third generation Presbyterian minister, Dave’s parents taught him to pray from the time he could talk, and he first responded to the gospel though a sermon his own dad preached on the second commandment. The Holy Spirit graciously opened David’s eyes to see not only the idols in his life which had become more important than the Creator of all things, but also to see that his good works were never good enough to satisfy a Judge who is infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His holiness. Only Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross could put David in right standing before God the Father, without blemish and free from accusation. Having been exposed to universalism and higher critical views of Scripture at a Roman Catholic high school in Rochester, New York, Dave decided to major in Philosophy at Wheaton College (Illinois) in order to have an answer for the hope that he held. His academic advisor and spiritual mentor Mark R. Talbot introduced him to Augustine and John Owen, and also encouraged him to pursue further studies. After a few years as the Director of Family Service Ministries at the Salvation Army in Aurora, Illinois, Dave moved to the north shore of Boston to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A missions class and a one year missions internship in East Asia resulted in his pursuit of Bible translation work and his marriage to a gifted linguist whom he met at church. Dave and Ginny spent 12 years ministering cross-culturally with Wycliffe Bible Translators in South Asia, with their final term in administration, where he recognized that the Lord was preparing him for pastoral ministry.

David was installed as Associate Pastor in October, 2017. He enjoys serving Cornerstone in the areas of adult Christian education, shepherding, and men’s ministry. Dave’s hobbies include reading novels with his wife Ginny, playing volleyball and disc golf, and going for walks in nature. Dave and Ginny are licensed resource parents in Chester County and desire to reflect God the Father’s adoptive love to foster children.