Pastor Phillip Herbert
I grew up in Georgia and, because of some difficult childhood experiences, I sought to build my self-value through the world in every way I could imagine. When I was 20 years old, God got my attention. Over the course of a month, I came to an understanding of the gospel, became a follower of Jesus Christ, and plugged into the local church. For the first time in my life, I felt a sense of hope and purpose. I finished my degree in Engineering and worked as an engineer for about five years while God continued developing me in the local church. I met my amazing wife, Carrie, near the end of college, and we were married about two years into my engineering career. Three years later we discerned that God wanted me to pursue full-time ministry, so we moved to Dallas, TX, where I attended Dallas Theological Seminary.
Near the end of seminary, I met with a hospital chaplain at a local pediatric hospital through Carrie, who works in the medical field. I began training in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) my last year of seminary and the two years to follow (one at an adult hospital and one at a pediatric hospital). Through this training, I developed interpersonal skills to minister to people in crisis, and I also confronted many of the past wounds and hurts from my childhood. It was also during this time that God blessed us with our first son.
When my wife finished her training, God opened up jobs for both of us at the same pediatric hospital in Saint Petersburg, FL. About a month after our arrival, we plugged into and joined First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. After working as a hospital chaplain in the area for about a year, I came on staff as the Pastor of Men’s Ministry and Community Outreach, and my wife and I recently welcomed the arrival of our second son. I feel privileged to be a part of what God is doing in and through First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, and I look forward to helping lead people into deeper, authentic relationships with Jesus Christ, each other, and the surrounding community.