Pastor Phillips grew up in Columbus, Ohio – but his family and faith roots are in the territory of the Northeastern Ohio Synod.
He studied Chemistry and Computer Science at Purdue University and worked at the Research Labs of the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY through the Cooperative Education Program. He was active in the Purdue Lutheran Campus ministry, which is where he met his future spouse, Charisse, and began to discern the call to ministry.
Pastor Phillips received his M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 1990 and has served three congregations of very different sizes and staff configurations, all in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod. His synod involvement has included serving on and chairing the Campus Ministry Committee; two terms on the Trinity Lutheran Seminary Board; and is currently serving on the Constitution Task Force and as facilitator for a First Call Theological Education colleague group.
Charisse is retired after teaching high school mathematics for 33 years. They have one child, Hayley, who just graduated from the University of Dayton in Music Therapy. Pastor Mitch’s hobbies include photography, woodworking, and geocaching.