Dr. Jere Phillips came to MABTS in January 2001. He serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Editor of The Journal of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Phillips received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Union University and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Phillips has over 40 years’ experience in ministry, including service as a pastor and church staff member in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Florida, and serving as Director of the Missions Department of the Tennessee Baptist Convention for five years and nearly six years as Executive Director/Minister of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. Dr. Phillips often serves as interim pastor in area churches, having served 13 churches over the past 16 years. Additionally, he helps churches through consultations, pulpit supply, conferences, and revivals.

Dr. Phillips is also a writer, having published three books: Pastoral Ministry for the Next Generation, Managing Stress in the Christian Home, and The Missionary Family: Managing Stress Effectively. He has also published over 230 lessons and articles in 56 publications, including Sunday School curriculum for Lifeway Christian Resources and numerous magazines, including Deacon, Church Growth, Church Administration, Mature Living, Home Life, Your Church, Preaching, Departure, Proclaim, The Journal of Evangelism and Missions, The Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society, The Voice of the Evangelist, and others. He is the contributing editor of five small books on preaching.

A widely-traveled leader, Dr. Phillips has trained over 5,000 ministers and denominational leaders across the world. His work has touched Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Malawi, India, Romania, Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, Haiti and Australia. For five years he was a consultant to the Russian Baptist Union.

Jere and his wife, Glenda have been married for over 40 years. They have two daughters, Julianne and Jennifer. Julianne, her husband, and their three daughters live in Germantown, TN, where they are very active in Germantown Baptist Church. Jennifer, her husband and their four children live in Birmingham, Alabama, where they are involved as missionaries with Campus Outreach.

You might not know…that Jere and Glenda spent their first 15 months of marriage living in a funeral home at Jackson, TN while they were in college.