Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor Ron Phillips - First United Pentecostal Church - Cookeville, TN
 
Ron Phillips
 

Ron Phillips is the Senior Pastor of First United Pentecostal Church in Cookeville, TN. In addition to preaching and teaching, he provides pastoral counseling and guidance, directs the administration of the church, and oversees and gives guidance to all of First Church’s various ministries.

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 addition to his evangelistic and pastoral 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 five grandchildren.