Our Staff

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Leadership Team

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Ronnie Phillips, Jr.

Lead Pastor

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Website: ronniephillips.org
Facebook: RonniePhillipsAHM/
Twitter: @PastorRonnieJr

Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Jr. is the Lead Pastor of Abba's House. He has been part of Abba's House since he was born and has served the church full-time since 2007 in many different positions including Senior Associate Pastor. Pastor Ronnie is carrying the mantel of gospel ministry to the nations. He is committed to loving people, preaching the inerrant and infallible word of God, teaching grace, and serving not just the people of Abba's House, but the city of Chattanooga as well.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Theology and a Master of Ministry degree in Biblical studies. He graduated with his Doctor of Ministry degree from Covington Theological Seminary in 2015 and preaches regularly at Abba's House. He has led crusades in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and in states across the Southeast for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is co-author of “The Power of Agreement," written with his father, Dr. Ron Phillips. The Lord has used the message of agreement and unity to bring restoration to many churches. Pastor Ronnie serves on the Executive Board of Houses of Hope International, which manages 31 orphanages around the world.

Pastor Ronnie serves on several local boards in the city and ministers to children on a weekly basis. He served at UNUM Corporation for seven years prior to officially joining the Abba's House team. His wife, Kelly, is an Account Executive for a large health insurer and their number one ministry is their three boys, Trey, Reid, and Ryce.

Ronnie and Kelly have a desire to see Abba's House reach its full potential. As their ministry grows, they want people to know they are special in the eyes of the Lord. They have a passion for homeless, hurting, and heartbroken people. They long for Abba's House to be a place of grace and restoration. Ronnie & Kelly are thankful for their heritage and are excited about the future of Abba's House.

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Denise Craig

Executive Pastor

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Facebook: denise.e.craig

As Executive Pastor at Abba’s House, Denise ensures the day-to-day operations of the church run smoothly. Denise was trained at Southwestern Theological Seminary, and she is a Certified Church Administrator.

She also serves as Vice-President of The Church Network (TCN), a national organization dedicated to advancing professional excellence in individuals who serve Christ through administration in local churches. She serves on the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) Church Board of Reference, on the Editorial Advisory Panel for Church Executive Magazine, and on the Executive Board and the Personnel Committee of the Hamilton County Baptist Association. She is also a member of the Manchester Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women, and she is a published author in several professional journals. Although she is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Vocal Music Education, God uniquely called her to the ministry of administration while serving as a volunteer here at Abba’s House. She still enjoys music in the Abba’s House choir and with the rest of her family – her wonderful husband of more than 25 years, Jay, and their three children, Drew, Christian, and Sophia.

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Angie McGregor

Pastor of Adult Ministries

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Facebook: angie.mcgregor.712
Twitter: @angiemcgregor_1
Instagram: @angiemcgregor_1

Angie McGregor is the Pastor of Adult Ministries, overseeing LifeGroups, Growth Groups, Discipleship, Outreach, Spiritual Life, Women's and Men's Ministries. Previously, Angie served as Executive Director of Communications for 27 years. She is devoted to her family, has a heart for ministry to the church body, and expresses her love for God through worship.

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Ken Hartley

Executive Pastor of Worship

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Website: kenhartley.com
Facebook: kenhartley777
Twitter: @kenhartley

Ken Hartley is the Executive Pastor of Worship at Abba's House and gives leadership to all of the worship services, worship leaders, choirs, praise teams, and soloists at Abba's House. He has served in this capacity for over 15 years and has been in full time ministry for over 30 years, serving churches in Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. Although he loves to lead worship, his passion is to train, enable, and empower others to grow into their calling as worship leaders.

Ken is also a certified speaker, trainer, and coach for the John Maxwell Team and adds value to individuals, corporations, and churches in the area of leadership, communication, and personal growth. His heart's desire is to see people step into their God given destiny and fulfill their life's purpose. 

He is also a skilled actor and illusionist and has traveled all over the world utilizing these skills to communicate, entertain, and inspire. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Union University in Jackson, TN. He makes his home in Hixson, Tennessee with his wife, Stacey. They have four kids.

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Adam Bayne

Preschool & Children's Pastor

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Adam has been working with children for the past 15 years. He started out in public education and loved every second, but after a few years as a teacher Adam transitioned into children’s ministry. As the preschool and children’s pastor, Adam’s mission is to help kids trust in Jesus as their Savior and as the leader of their lives. Adam believes that parents are a child’s most important spiritual influence, so his passion is to partner with mom and dad in order to help kids grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. He wants everything about church to be an epic experience for the children at Abba’s House in how well they have fun, connect, learn, and worship.

Adam’s favorite verse from scripture is John 15:4, his favorite band is Twenty One Pilots, his favorite book is A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards, and his favorite movie is Moneyball.

He’s a heavyweight Disney nerd, lightweight sports fan, & total fanatic when it comes to his wife (Marissa) & daughters (Emma and Ava).

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Seth Coleman

Student Pastor

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Facebook: sethandbethcoleman
Twitter: @sethbcoleman
Instagram: @sethandbeth

Seth is a 20 year veteran of student ministry having served in five different congregations since 1997. As student pastor, Seth's mission is to partner with parents in the process of raising their kids to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. He loves teaching the truths of the Bible, taking students on life-changing trips, watching them mature in Christ - especially in small group settings, empowering and encouraging them to fully depend on the Holy Spirit as He leads their lives, helping them to discover their purpose in Christ.

Seth's favorite verse from scripture is Philippians 3:13-14, his favorite band is Thousand Foot Krutch, his favorite book is Love Does by Bob Goff, and his favorite movie is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

He is in love with his wife (Beth) and super-proud of his amazing kids (Brianna, Rylee and Madison).

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James Timmins

Missions Pastor

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As Missions Pastor, James has oversight of Global and Local Outreach and Evangelism for Abba’s House.

He is a former High School Principal who answered the call to Missions in 1999. James served for more than 10 years in coordinating mission teams, orphanage projects, and crusades primarily in Mexico and parts of Central America. He traveled and ministered the Word in 16 states and 5 nations. After a season of Pastoring and Residential Youth Counseling, the Lord brought James and his wife, Beth, to Chattanooga and Abba’s House.

James is the Father of four and Step Father of two grown and successful adult children. Their belated blessing son, Samuel, is uncle to three wonderful grandchildren.

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Doug Wright

Local Communications Director

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Doug oversees all the communications for the local church. As the graphic designer for Abba's House for 20 years, he creates logos, brochures, and basically all skillfully designed printed pieces that come out of Abba's House and the media ministry.

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Julie Harding

Global Media Director

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Facebook: julie.harding
Twitter: @JulieWHarding
Instagram: @julieharding5

Julie has been part of Abba's House since 1971 and has been part of every choir, ministry and group at some point along the way.

Julie's involvement with the Media Ministry began over 30 years ago as a volunteer on the TV crew back in her college days. After serving for nearly 14 years as Assistant Media Director, she is now leading the broadcast and online ministry of Abba's House. Her responsibilities include producing the weekly television broadcast, marketing, writing, webmaster and managing all video production.

She has a degree in Communications from UTC, with double minors in graphic design and psychology. Julie spent five years at the Chattanooga ABC affiliate in traffic and marketing before becoming Director of Marketing/Public Relations at Hutcheson Medical Center, where she served for seven years. After doing freelance video production for several years and working for Abba's House Media on a contract basis, Julie joined the media staff full time in 2004.  Julie and her husband, Dana, have three beautiful daughters and a lively puppy named Finnegan.



Administration

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Regina Block

Administrative Assistant

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Regina serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Pastor, the Student Pastor, and assists with Events.  She graduated from Middle TN State University with a degree in Psychology.

Regina is a veteran of the US Army where she served as an Intelligence Officer and Commander.  She also served as a federal law enforcement agent after leaving the military.  Regina has worked in fundraising with non-profit agencies and prior to joining us at Abba’s House she served as the Office Manager for a pediatric cardiology practice.  

Regina came to faith in Christ as a teenager and her greatest desire is to serve our Lord wherever he leads.

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Patti Crumley

AP/Payroll Accountant

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Patti has been a member of Abba's House since 1976. She has been a vital part of the ministry since she began volunteering in the Preschool ministry in the early '80s. As a stay at home mom, she worked part time as a teacher in Mother's Day Out from 2007-2015 before accepting a  full time position as AP/Payroll Accountant. Patti has a degree in accounting from UTC.

She is happy to be able to serve her church as a volunteer and as a full time staff member. Patti and her husband, Steve, have 2 beautiful daughters.

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Miles Hammon

Technology Systems Administrator

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Miles is the Technology Systems Administrator at Abba’s House.  He received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Phoenix.  Abba’s House has been his home since 2016 when he and his wife, NaKisha, relocated from Fort Payne, Alabama.  Since moving here, his family has grown to include a son, Kayden.

 

Billy Markum

Facilities Manager

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Facebook: bill.markum

Billy's is responsible for the maintenance and management of the overall physical facilities at Abba's House and has worked in that position since 2002.

Billy holds a B.A. in religion from Carson-Newman College, and has worked in various ministry positions  for over 35 years

He and his wife (Angie) have a heart for the people and have raised three wonderful sons who love the Lord and serve him with gladness.

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Janie Poland

Accounts Receivable

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If you've ever given money to Abba's House, it has passed through Janie Poland's capable hands. Janie has the huge job of making all the bank deposits, contribution posting, and reconciling bank statements. She also helps with the scheduling of activities and resources for events.

Janie says, "I have worked at Abba’s House for 20 years now because I still feel that I have been called. I came as a volunteer and stayed. I feel even through I work in the finance and administrative side of Abba's House, my work still makes a difference in lives. "  Indeed it does, Janie!

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David Smalley

Technical Specialist

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David’s involvement in the maintenance ministry began in 1982 when he helped as a volunteer. He came on staff full time in the spring of 1995.

David is licensed as a journeyman electrician, an unrestricted HVAC mechanic and a gas pipe fitter. He has many years of experience in air conditioning and building maintenance in general.

Believing his work here is a calling from the Lord, not merely a job, he attempts to be a servant. David and his wife, Linda, have been married forty years. They have two grown sons,  six grandchildren and one spoiled Bichon Frise dog.

 



Adults

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Sammy Wilson

Associate Pastor

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Sammy brings over 48 years of ministry experience to Abba's House. He has served as Senior Pastor in churches in Georgia, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee, and also spent several years as a foreign missionary in Guatemala. 

Sammy and his bride of over 45 years, Gale, have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

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Samantha Steinmann

Administrative Assistant

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Samantha is originally from Charlotte, NC. She moved to Tennessee to attend Lee University where she studied Early Childhood Education. She became a member of Abba’s House in 2006 and started working in Abba’s House Academy in 2007. In 2013 she became the Data Administrator and oversaw all membership records and AH LifeGroup attendance. In January 2018, she became the Administrative Assistant to the Pastor of Adult Ministries, and Executive Hall Socialite. She loves the heart Pastor Angie has for the members of Abba’s House and looks forward to coming alongside of her so that her vision for Adult Ministries can be fulfilled.

Samantha is married to Josh Steinmann and has three of the cutest kids you ever did see; Ella, age 6; Emi, age 3; and Judah, age 1. She loves music, singing, and worship (these are all differentJ) and gets to lead worship alongside the Zadoks. In her spare time she like creating calligraphy wall art.



Kids

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Melissa Tiffin

Director of Preschool Ministries

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Melissa has been a member of Abba’s House since 2012.  After joining the church, she and her husband began to volunteer in the preschool ministry.  When leadership learned that she had been saved as a 9 year old child in the Awana program, Melissa was asked to help teach the Awana Cubbies program for preschool on Wednesday nights.  Through this experience, God gave her a deeper lover for the preschool ministry.  Soon after, she was blessed to become part of the ministry team as first the Assistant Director, and then eventually the Director of Preschool Ministries.  Melissa feels blessed and honored to serve the families of this church.
 
She says, "Our mission in preschool is to partner with parents to set a spiritual foundation that the children will carry with them their entire life. We want each child to know that God made them, God loves them and Jesus wants to be their friend forever."   

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Jessica Lusk

Assistant Director of Preschool

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Jessica is Assistant Director of Preschool.  She previoulsy worked in the Mother's Day Out Program, as well as Abba's House Academy. God has put it in her heart to serve His children and to teach them who God is and she feels blessed to be able to be God's hands and feet and to serve the Chattanooga community. 

Her husband, Aaron, and son, Roman, are the loves of her life.

 

Brenda Ridge

Director of AH Academy & MDO

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Brenda has worked in the Mother's Day Out program for 18 years, and as the director for the last 9 years. As director of both Abba's House Academy and MDO, Brenda coordinates the teachers, lessons, schedules and financial aspects of the programs.

Brenda feels that God has blessed her with this opportunity to minister to children and parents of Abba's House and the community.

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Christy Glover

Director of Children's Ministry

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Christy and her family have been attending Abba's House since 2009, and she has been volunteering in the Children’s Ministry for almost 8 years. As a Director in Children’s Ministry, her mission is to show each and every child God’s love in a safe and fun environment.  It’s her passion to teach kids about who God is and how His love can change their life. As an Abba's House member, she has personally experienced the incredible impact that Epic Kids Min has had on her family.



Media

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Scott Austin

Technical Services Director

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Scott's main duties as Technical Services Director relate to enhancing the teaching and worship opportunities at Abba's House through the use of audio and video technology. He manages all technical systems across the AH campus, including major concert and production events.

Scott came to Abba’s House in 1991 having just completed a degree in communications from Tennessee Temple University. He brought with him a good deal of experience in live sound and lighting. Since joining the media staff, he has added to his abilities video editing, studio recording, intelligent lighting design, and systems design.

Scott firmly believes that the church should lead the way when it comes to doing things with excellence. He is thankful to be a part of a media team and a ministry that feels the same way.

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Marty Brown

Video Production Engineer/Editor

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Marty was the video editor for "The Central Message" for 10 years before he pursued some other opportunities. Now he has returned to the team to assist with editing and maintaining the video equipment.

Marty spent many years at WTVC in Chattanooga in the production department running audio, editing and directing.

Carolyn Holmquist

AHM Business Manager

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After a career at Unum working in forensic accounting and fraud management, Carolyn came to the Media Ministry at a time of great need. With her management and oversight of the business matters of Abba's House Media, we were poised to better serve our Partners and donors.

Carolyn and her husband, Ken, are a huge blessing to Abba's House.

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Sheri Palladino

Products/Shipping Manager

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Sheri found Abba’s House as her home in 2010 after a long journey of searching for a place where the Holy Spirit dwells - in good teaching and in the hearts of its members.  She started out as a volunteer in the Call Center, became a Call Center Associate, then Call Center Manager, and now oversees shipping in our domestic & international media ministry with an amazing group of volunteers. You can occasionally find her working in our bookstore, as well.

Sheri feels that her time with us is a testimony of God’s blessing of provision, healing, and love.

 

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Jan Wilson

Bookstore Manager

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Facebook: jan.wilson.98

Jan started volunteering in the Media Ministry in 2003.  She became manager of the Bookstore-Café in 2006.  She can often be found ministering to and praying for customers, and also heads up a great group of volunteers who provide an awesome experience when you visit the store.  Jan & her husband Jerry joined Abba's House in 1989 and they have 8 wonderful grandchildren.



 

Students

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Seth Coleman

Student Pastor

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Facebook: sethandbethcoleman
Twitter: @sethbcoleman
Instagram: @sethandbeth

Seth is a 20 year veteran of student ministry having served in five different congregations since 1997. As student pastor, Seth's mission is to partner with parents in the process of raising their kids to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. He loves teaching the truths of the Bible, taking students on life-changing trips, watching them mature in Christ - especially in small group settings, empowering and encouraging them to fully depend on the Holy Spirit as He leads their lives, helping them to discover their purpose in Christ.

Seth's favorite verse from scripture is Philippians 3:13-14, his favorite band is Thousand Foot Krutch, his favorite book is Love Does by Bob Goff, and his favorite movie is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

He is in love with his wife (Beth) and super-proud of his amazing kids (Brianna, Rylee and Madison).



Worship

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Gayla Austin

Worship Associate

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Gayla’s main duties as Worship Associate lie in the area of Music Education. She oversees the worship program for preschool through high school, and is developing Abba’s House School for the Arts. Gayla holds a masters in music from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and has been trained in Kindermusik and Suzuki methods. 

Gayla has been blessed to serve at Abba’s House for more than 25 years with her husband, Scott. 

Michael Itson

Instrumental Worship Leader

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Michael oversees several aspects of worship at Abba's House including directing instrumentalists, arranging charts, scheduling Wednesday evening worship services, and coordinating special events. He enjoys playing keyboard, trombone, conducting and arranging music and glorifying God through excellence in worship.

He is also passionate about teaching God's Word and is the lead teacher for Open Heaven LifeGroup.

Michael and his wife, April, have three beautiful daughters and reside in Cleveland, TN.

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Caroline Marion

Administrative Assistant

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Caroline is originally from Florida. She was not raised in church, had no interest in church and did not know God’s love for her until July 10, 2005, when Caroline accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior right here at Abba’s House!! God’s word became alive in her heart and in her life.

She joined the choir (ZADOK Ministries) and began serving alongside her husband as he taught a LifeGroup at Abba’s House. She began volunteering in the worship department. Caroline was then called to full time ministry at Abba’s House in October of 2007 to work in her areas of gifting for the Adult Ministries department.

Caroline never lost her passion for the Adult Ministry or her love for people and felt a new calling in the fall of 2008 to serve in the worship department. Caroline felt that God was truly revealing something to her when he showed her the scripture reference for her name (Psalm 13:6). She is now able to use her giftings in a new capacity and continues to worship the Lord in song. Caroline says, “I feel that God has placed me here to rescue others from the same lifestyle I once had and to show them His love. I feel that God has called me to serve at Abba’s House and to show people that no matter where they’ve been, they truly are welcome at Abba’s House.”

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Alyssa Land

High School Choir Director

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Website: landinhand.us
Facebook: alyssajland
Instagram: @landinhand

Alyssa Land has been a proud member of Abba's House since birth. She and her husband, Joel, teach Sunday School, direct the High School choir, and often lead worship during church services. She also teaches voice lessons for the Abba's House School of the Arts. You can find her little one, Olson, running around the sanctuary every Sunday morning and Wednesday night. If you do see him, please catch him and return him to his owners.

 

Pastor Emeritus

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Ron Phillips

Pastor Emeritus

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Website: freshoilministries.us
Facebook: DrRonPhillips
Twitter: @PstrRonPhillips

Ron Phillips served as senior pastor of Abba’s House from October 1979 until December 31, 2017, when he transitioned to Pastor Emeritus. Pastor Ron was a pioneer in the area of spiritual warfare and awakening among Baptists. He now serves as an ambassador of Abba's House as he mentors young pastors and operates in an apostolic role.

For 32 years, his weekly television program aired around the world. He was host of the CenterPoint radio broadcast for 14 years. An award-winning writer and accomplished blogger, he has authored more than 30 books, including the Foundations on the Holy Spirit series, Our Invisible Allies, Everyone’s Guide to Demons & Spiritual Warfare, Unexplained Mysteries of Heaven and Earth, The Power of Agreement and The Unraveling of America.

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Paulette Phillips

Associate Pastor

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Paulette Phillips is the wife of Pastor Ron Phillips and is an integral part of Abba's House.

After a 20 year career as a high school English and Literature teacher, she resigned to follow God's calling into ministry. She served many years at Abba's House as Pastor of Adult Ministries, overseeing all the LifeGroup discipleship programs and directing the Women's ministry. She currently supports the ministries of the church and preaches and teaches as needed.

Andrea Ridge

Administrative Assistant to Pastor Ron & Paulette Phillips

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After many years of serving the church as Pastor Ron Phillips' Administrative Assistant, Andrea has transitioned to supporting both Pastor Ron and Pastor Paulette in their new roles.

Andrea has a special gift of reading Pastor Ron's handwriting, which is truly a supernatural gift! She is a great cook, a mighty woman of prayer and is a blessing to Abba's House and those she works with.