Bishop

Senior Pastor Ron Phillips - First United Pentecostal Church - Cookeville, TNRon Phillips
Ron Phillips is the Bishop of First United Pentecostal Church of Cookeville, TN. In addition to preaching and teaching, he serves as a support to Lead Pastor Tim Milligan through active involvement in the various ministries of First Church.
 
Ron Phillips is an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International. He grew up on a small farm near Corinth, MS, and answered the call of God and began preaching at fifteen years of age. He earned a Bachelor of Theology degree from Pentecostal Bible Institute. Beginning full-time ministry at age twenty one, he began travelling as an evangelist throughout the South, East Coast and Midwest preaching revival meetings. His pastoral ministry began in Freeport, IL, then later in Ames, IA. He came to First Church here in Cookeville in 1998, serving as associate pastor under Founding and Senior Pastor Ellis E. Cooper. He became senior pastor upon Pastor Cooper’s retirement in 1999. In June of 2017 he was installed as Bishop of First Church.
 
In addition to his evangelistic and pastorial ministries, Pastor Phillips has served in various official capacities in the United Pentecostal Church International. Some of these include Youth Secretary and then Youth President of the Illinois District, Iowa District Youth President, Iowa District Presbyter, and currently, Tennessee District Presbyter.
 
He and his wife, Judy, have two children, and four grandchildren.